Mets Shortstop Jose Reyes to Undergo Tests for Thyroid Imbalance

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Mets shortstop Jose Reyes plans to undergo
tests in New York after doctors in Florida discovered a thyroid
imbalance, the team said Friday.

Reyes will have tests on Monday
and it could take up to 48 after for doctors to receive the results.
Reyes is not expected to take part in any physical activity while he is
gone.

"We're going to be conservative," said Mets general manager Omar Minaya.

The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces hormones that help control metabolism.

Doctors
cleared Reyes to play Friday after he took a follow-up blood test to
one conducted during his physical. However, Minaya said team doctors in
New York wanted to take a closer look at the speedy infielder and
pulled him out of pregame stretching.

Reyes appeared in only 36
games last season because of a hamstring injury, which Reyes said has
healed. The Mets have discussed moving him from the leadoff spot to
third in the lineup while outfielder Carlos Beltran recovers from
offseason knee surgery.

Reyes said he felt fine and has not
experienced any dizziness, fatigue or any other symptoms of a thyroid
problem. He said he was anxious to find out what is happening.

"We're
not talking about my leg, nothing like that, we're talking about my
health," he said, "so I have to be concerned about it."

Reyes
said this is the first time an imbalance was found in a blood test, and
maintained that he does not feel "haunted" by injuries after being
summoned to New York.

"I don't want to say unlucky because
leg-wise everything feels good," he said. "But this is different. We're
not talking about an injury on the field."

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