You know it is for an imbalance in his thyroid levels. That was the red flag from yesterday. So he is now on his way to New York for further testing.
According to the pre-game report today, Reyes has a hyperactive thyroid.
Here’s what that means according to WebMD:
Your thyroid makes too much thyroid hormone. It controls your metabolism, which is how your body turns food into energy. It also affects your heart, muscles, bones, and cholesterol.
Having too much thyroid hormone can make a lot of things in your body speed up. You may lose weight quickly, have a fast heartbeat, sweat a lot, or feel nervous and moody. Or you may have no symptoms at all.
Your doctor may discover that you have hyperthyroidism while doing a test for another reason.
The awesome news, and I know that’s what you want, is that this is treatable. Two of the most common treatments are radioactive iodine to destroy a part of the gland and anti-thyroid medication.
The problem with anti-thyroid meds is at some point they can stop working. In which case you are put on radioactive iodine. Plus, you have to take it at the same time everyday. Kind of like birth control pills. This could be a problem for an athlete.
Reyes will be not be allowed to continue any baseball action until the tests are completed and they have the results. It could be up to a week, but, according to Kevin Burkhardt, it might be for just “three days”.
Bottom line: Reyes will not be out for a year. This is treatable. There is no need to worry or panic. It is a gland and not a muscle. So breathe Mets fans.
Remember: This is 2010, not 2009.
For more information on hyperthroidism, click here.