Mets fans fears became reality Thursday when the team decided to put All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

He injured the hamstring against the Yankees last weekend beating out an infield single.

Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reported via Twitter that the Mets put him on the DL, but mentions no timetable for return. ESPNDeportes gives the more ominous report of Reyes missing three to four weeks.

Either way, it's bad news for a Mets team that can't seem to catch a break. The team is three games over .500 at 45-42 and have won four games in a row -- all without Reyes.

Still, Reyes is leading the majors in hits (124), batting average (.354) and triples (15). He leads the NL in runs scored (65) and is second in the majors in stolen bases (30). They will likely need his presence in the lineup in the long run if they are going to compete for a Wild Card.

David Wright and Ike Davis are already on the disabled list and neither have an estimated return date. Davis may miss the rest of the season if he undergoes microfracture surgery on his left ankle. He is currently rehabbing and will be re-evaluated next week. Add to those Johan Santana, who has missed the entire season, and Chris Young, who was pitching well early this season before injuring his right shoulder and requiring season-ending surgery.

Jose Reyes has a history of hamstring injuries, in 2003, 2004 and 2009 though those were to his right hamstring.

Further complicating the situation, Reyes is in the final season of his contract with the Mets and the team has to make the decision to re-sign the star, trade him before the July 31 deadline or let him walk after the season and receive the compensation picks in next year's draft. If Reyes isn't back from the DL it is unlikely he will be traded.