- Associated Press - Sunday, August 7, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Mets shortstop Jose Reyes left Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of stiffness in his left hamstring, the same spot that landed him on the disabled list last month.

Reyes, the NL batting leader, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second inning. It was unclear how he got hurt _ possibly while running out a grounder in the first.

The four-time All-Star missed more than two weeks in July because of a strained left hamstring, the latest in a long line of leg injuries for the speedy switch-hitter.

The 28-year-old Reyes has been one of baseball’s best all-around players this year and he could be primed to cash in after the season, when he can become a free agent. Injury concerns are probably his biggest drawback.

Willie Harris batted for Reyes and drove in a run with a pop-fly single to shallow center. Harris stayed in the game and played second base while Justin Turner shifted from second to shortstop.

Turner dropped a throw from first baseman Nick Evans later in the inning, though the Mets got out of the jam without allowing a run.

Reyes began the day leading the National League with a .337 batting average and 80 runs. He has 16 triples and 50 multihit games, both tops in the majors.

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