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MIAMI — Jose Reyes was back in his familiar leadoff spot Saturday night against the Marlins, but there were no promises of anything permanent.
“I haven’t called off the APB yet,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, referring to his pronouncement last week that he has enlisted the FBI to find the real Jose Reyes.
The other Reyes — the one who led off Saturday — went 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-4 loss at Marlins Park as he dropped to 4-for-43 (.093) to begin the season.
The fact Reyes entered the game 3-for-5 (.600) lifetime against Marlins starter Adam Conley made the slumping third baseman an attractive option to hit leadoff. Reyes had a single and two walks Friday, bringing the Mets hope a turnaround is near.
“If you watched his whole approach, he’s calmed down,” Collins said. “He didn’t jump at the ball, he wasn’t rushing anything. I thought even the last couple of days he’s had better at-bats.”
Closer Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning for Single-A St. Lucie in his first minor league action leading into his scheduled return Thursday from a 15-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy.
Collins doesn’t anticipate any setback for Noah Syndergaard, who left Friday’s start after six innings and 87 pitches because of a torn fingernail.
Syndergaard had a blister during his Opening Day start that has not resurfaced. Even so, Syndergaard has a 0.95 ERA through three starts.
“This kid has really come on fast,” Collins said. “He’s ridden to the top of the board in this league. He’s one of the top pitchers in baseball right now.”
Yoenis Cespedes returned to the starting lineup in left field, a night after he was rested as he battled the flu. Cespedes went 0-for-4 and struck out twice.
“He said he feels fine, and that is a great sign,” Collins said. “We’ll get him for the next couple of days and give him another day off [Monday]. Having [Friday] off probably helped.”
Asdrubal Cabrera will receive a day off Sunday, according to Collins, with Reyes shifting to shortstop.