Mets Say Jose Reyes Has Thyroid Problem; Reyes Disagrees

Shades of 2009 with dueling stories on medical problems

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    The tests on Jose Reyes's thyroid have come back and, according to the Mets, they're positive. Actually, according to Reyes they are positive as well. That's the only thing the two sides agree on, however.

    The Mets released a statement that said doctors in New York confirmed Reyes had an overactive thyroid and that the shortstop would remain in the city for more tests to determine a course of treatment. Reyes spoke to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, however, and offered a divergent view.

    "The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I'm fine and that there's nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test [taken to follow one conducted during his physical] showed that I'm fine. We just have to wait for the results of the additional test. The [doctors] found inflammation in my throat and no medicine to treat the thyroid or any other condition has been prescribed."

    Anyone else hearing the music from "Benny Hill" right now?

    Are we being overly hopeful for wondering if this was just a misunderstanding of what it means when doctors say that the results of a test came back positive? It can be a little confusing sometimes to hear an encouraging word when it means an unfortunate diagnosis so maybe that's what's wrong here?

    That might actually be what happened, because Reyes's agent cleared things up a bit by saying that doctors did find a mild thyroid problem but weren't sure that there would need to be any kind of treatment to clear it up. That's a good job of splitting the difference and trying to make some sense of what looks for all the world like another case of the Mets right hand acting without any idea of what the left hand is up to.

    You'd think that the team would have learned something from last year's myriad messes that got worse and worse every time the Mets opened their mouths to try and convince everyone that absolutely nothing was wrong. It isn't that hard to get everyone on the same page when it comes to communicating information about things like injuries. Every other team seems to be able to get the job done with a minimal amount of distortion yet everything the Mets touch turns into a circus of the absurd.

    At any rate, the Mets say they hope to have Reyes back this weekend. Don't hold your breath, though, because certainty isn't the Mets' thing.

    Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City and is a contributor to FanHouse.com and ProFootballTalk.com in addition to his duties for NBCNewYork.com.