New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a left hamstring strain, a move that will keep Major League Baseball’s leading hitter out of next week’s All-Star Game.
The assignment is retroactive to July 3, the Mets said in a news release. The All-Star Game is scheduled for Phoenix on July 12.
The 28-year-old shortstop leads baseball with a .354 batting average, 65 runs scored and 15 triples, and trails only Houston Astros outfielder Michael Bourn in steals, with 30. He was voted a starter on the National League All-Star team this week.
“It came down to what’s the most important -- three games or the next 50,” Mets manager Terry Collins said on the team’s website.
Reyes was injured in a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees on July 2. The injury, originally diagnosed as the lowest severity of sprain, more recently has kept Reyes from running and most over physical activity.
Reyes, a four-time All-Star selection, hasn’t played a full season since leading the league with 688 at-bats in 2008. He was limited to 36 games in 2009 because of leg injuries and missed the 2010 All-Star Game with an oblique injury.
Reyes said last month on the team website that he was would not negotiate a new contract until after the season ends, when he can become a free agent.
Four of the Mets’ five highest-paid position players -- Reyes, Jason Bay, David Wright and Angel Pagan -- have spent time on the disabled list this year. Bay returned from a concussion in April, Pagan came back from a strained oblique in May, and Wright remains sidelined with a fracture in his lower back. The team is also without two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana and first baseman Ike Davis, who was leading the team in home runs and runs batted in when he bruised a bone in his left ankle on May 10.
The Mets are 45-42, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East division.
New York called up infielder-outfielder Nick Evans from their Triple-A Buffalo affiliate to take Reyes’s spot on the roster.