Jose Reyes played in his first, and perhaps last, Minor League rehab game on Monday afternoon, although it didn't stop Seth Schwindenhammer from trying to steal the spotlight.
Reyes went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Class A Short-Season Brooklyn's 11-5 loss to Lowell, putting himself in line to return to the Mets as soon as Tuesday. The All-Star shortsthop said he felt good and ran at full speed as he recovers from a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring that has sidelined him since July 3.
"I feel very good," Reyes told MLB.com. "I'm happy that I don't feel anything in my leg, so I was able to test it out with no problems, so that's a good sign."
Reyes strained his leg running out an infield single during a July 2 game against the Yankees. He ran the bases at full speed before Sunday's game at Citi Field, with Mets manager Terry Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson, agent Peter Greenberg, trainer Ray Ramirez and physical therapist John Zajac watching closely.
Reyes led off for the Cyclones and popped up in the first before grounding to second to end the third. His double to center led off the bottom of the sixth, setting up Charles Thurber's two-run single that scored Cole Frenzel and the Mets shortstop.
Ismael Tijerina replaced Reyes at short in the seventh, although Reyes did field one ball in the third.
"I anticipate one game," Collins said Sunday of Reyes' rehab schedule. "Hopefully he'll come out of it feeling good."
Schwindenhammer, Lowell's left fielder, certainly felt good in the Brooklyn heat, slugging a pair of home runs and driving home five. Garin Cecchini, Boston's fourth-round pick last summer, added a three-run homer in the fifth, doubled and scored twice.
Schwindenhammer put the Spinners up in the second with a three-run homer off Brooklyn starter Marcos Camarena. He got to Camarena with a one-out two-run shot in the fourth and added a single, finishing 3-for-5.
The 20-year-old, Boston's fifth-round pick in 2009 and MiLB.com Moniker Madness runner-up in 2010, had just five home runs in his professional career entering Monday's game.