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New York's Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring. The move is retroactive to July 3. ((Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press) )

Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Mets on Thursday with a strained left hamstring that will keep him out of next week's all-star game.

The shortstop injured his hamstring running to first base in the first inning against the New York Yankees on July 2. The move was retroactive to July 3.

"I'm disappointed because I want to be on the field," he told reporters before the Mets' series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reyes led the major leagues in hitting with a .354 batting average entering Thursday night, and has helped keep the Mets in contention in the NL East.

The Mets made the decision on Reyes during a meeting Wednesday with him, manager Terry Collins, general manager Sandy Alderson, doctors and the training staff.

"It came down to what's most important, three games or the next 50?" Collins said. "This guy's whole game is about his legs and what he's ready to bring to the game."

Collins wanted to err on the side of caution, even though he could have used Reyes as a pinch-hitter on the final four games of the road trip. Ruben Tejada has replaced Reyes at short.

"I know for a fact that sucker is going to hit a ball in the gap and he's going to go for a triple," he said. "I would not have been able to live with myself if he'd blown out between second and third."

Helping make the decision easier was the fact that the Mets have won four consecutive games since Reyes got hurt.

"One of our concerns was if we have to disable this guy, what's the energy going to be like on the club? The way we've played in the last four days, I think our guys realize they still have to pick it up," Collins said. "His energy is still on the bench and it's that great smile and everything he brings to this team is still there, it's just not on the field."

Reyes will remain with the team for now, go to Phoenix for the all-star game, and return to New York on Wednesday to resume treatment. After that, he would likely play in a few rehab games.

Collins said Reyes could return in time for the Mets' trip to Florida that begins July 22.

"I will start riding the bike nice and easy," Reyes said. "I'm going to take it day-by-day. I don't want to go back to the field too soon and blow my hamstring."

Nick Evans, an infielder/outfielder, was called up from AAA Buffalo to replace Reyes on the roster.