In the eighth inning Monday against the Marlins, Jose Reyes hurt his left shoulder diving in to home plate and colliding with Marlins relief pitcher A.J. Ramos.
Reyes was called safe, tied the game, appeared shaken up, but eventually walked off the field slowly with trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins by his side.
Reyes had an ice pack wrapped on his left shoulder after the game, but told reporters he felt fine and fully expects to be in the starting lineup Tuesday.
"I talked to him the other day about taking a blow," Collins said about giving Reyes a day off. "He said, 'I've missed enough time already.' The energy on the field, always having fun. The clubhouse - he's a dynamic figure in that clubhouse. We're lucky. We all certainly are glad he's here. He's a great teammate and I think he's bringing something to our team, too."
Reyes started this season serving a 51-game suspension for domestic violence. He was later designated for assignment by the Rockies, freeing him to sign with another team. The Mets inked him to a one-year deal on June 26, which will pay him the league minimum salary.
Since being promoted from Triple-A on July 5, Reyes is batting .281 with a .329 OBP, six stolen bases, 13 RBI, 15 extra base hit and 23 runs scored in 32 games, while playing third base and shortstop.
"I think ever since Reyes arrived to the ball club, he has been the engine to this team," Yoenis Cespedes said after the game, speaking through an interpreter.
Reyes is batting .333 during the last seven games, with 10 hits, two RBI and two runs scored, during which the Mets are 5-2.
"I'm not surprised at all," Reyes said of his performance since joining the Mets. "I never doubted my talent, what I could do. I'm a hard worker and I try to get better every day. People before the Mets signed me said, 'This guy's done.' I heard that. I'm just working as hard as I can to continue to contribute to this ball club, to make things happen."
The Mets have a team option on his contract for 2017, which will also pay Reyes the league minimum.
He's been terrific, especially the last week or so. There is no question that he's been the catalyst the Mets hoped he would be when they acquired him two months ago. He brings them energy and clearly makes things fun for a team under a lot of pressure.
Reyes, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera have clearly become friends, hanging before and after games, dancing on the field and flights. It's nice to see, and they're impact on the field - especially at the top of the lineup - is undeniable...
The fact is, the Mets are 17-15 during games when Reyes is in the starting lineup. Similarly, they're 53-45 when Cespedes is in the starting lineup, 58-49 with Cabrera in the lineup, and 16-11 when all three suit up at the same time, which tells you everything you need to know about this season. It's worth noting they're 5-0 when the trio hits 1-2-3 in the order.
In other words, if they're playing together, the Mets have a good chance to win.