MIAMI -- Jose Reyes put together a career-best 26-game hit streak before watching it get snapped Thursday. With the streak now behind him, the Marlins' shortstop was finally given a breather.
Reyes was out of Miami's lineup Friday against the Dodgers in order to rest his sore right hand. Reyes has dealt with the soreness since Aug. 3, when he jammed the hand -- between his index finger and his thumb -- during an at-bat against Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez in the second game of the teams' doubleheader.
Reyes, who hadn't missed a game since April 27 against Arizona, said the swelling in the hand was down Friday, and he expects to be back in the lineup Saturday. Nick Green got the start at shortstop for the Marlins on Friday.
"He's fine," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of his star shortstop. "This is just prevention. It's fine to play. I just don't want him to get worse and miss that many days."
With Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the series opener, Guillen wanted to avoid having the switch-hitting Reyes hit right-handed. However, Guillen said Reyes would be available to pinch-hit from the opposite side of the plate if necessary.
"The guy pitching [Friday] is pretty good, and we can't lose Reyes," Guillen said. "If Reyes got jammed again or something bad, we can't lose him for a couple days."