Mets checking Reyes' thyroid

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

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

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

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 followup blood test to one conducted during his physical. However, team doctors in New York wanted to take a closer look, and he was scratched from the lineup.

Reyes said he felt fine and has not experienced dizziness, fatigue or any other symptoms of a thyroid problem.

A's: Right-hander Ben Sheets, out for a year with elbow issues, faced his former Brewers teammates, giving up two runs on four hits over 12/3 innings. "Any time I come off the mound healthy, it's a plus. I know I'm getting better," he said.

Cardinals: Right-hander Brad Penny made his Cardinals debut, allowing three runs and six hits over two innings against a Mets split squad. Three of the hits were soft fly balls that landed just beyond the infield. "I'm just trying to work on a sinker and get command of it," he said. … Leftfielder Matt Holliday doubled and walked twice in his first spring action since signing a seven-year, $120 million deal.

Diamondbacks: Rightfielder Justin Upton, brother of Rays outfielder B.J. Upton, hit a sixth-inning grand slam, his first hit since signing a $51.25 million, six-year contract. He had gone 0-for-4 in the first two exhibitions. "He reached the upper deck in Florida last year, so I don't know if anything will surprise me," manager A.J. Hinch said. … Right-hander Brandon Webb, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, could start the season on the disabled list if he doesn't show progress soon, general manager Josh Byrnes said. Webb said he felt "stagnant" after a 45-pitch bullpen session, and the team hasn't scheduled his first game appearance.

Red Sox: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield threw two scoreless innings in his first appearance since having surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. Wakefield, 43, threw 16 of 21 pitches for strikes, giving up one hit without a walk against the Twins.

Rockies: Held up by a traffic jam after a bus crash outside Tempe, Ariz., right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez arrived too late to start, so he made his spring debut out of the bullpen. He had opted to drive rather than ride the team bus. Jimenez was two hours late, then allowed three hits and four runs (three earned) in two innings.

Royals: American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke threw three scoreless innings as Kansas City beat Texas 4-2. Greinke, who had a 9.21 earned-run average in eight spring games last year, threw 27 pitches, 19 for strikes. The right-hander struck out three, walked one and surrendered one hit. "I probably never had a first good outing before, so that was a little surprising," he said.

Tigers: When it comes to 100-mph reliever Joel Zumaya, manager Jim Leyland doesn't want the ball down. Zumaya allowed three earned runs in two innings in his spring debut. "He's better pitching it high, because with his speed, the batters know they need to stick the bat down low to hit him," Leyland said.

Mets checking Reyes' thyroid 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 11:16pm]

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