Buzz: Return of the Stache

In a minor-league rehab assignment, Jose Valentin had five hits, including three doubles, in 11 at bats while playing for Single-A St. Lucie this past weekend.

Valentin will next be promoted to Triple-A New Orleans, where he’ll play first base and left field.

honestly, the sooner this guy gets back to Shea Stadium the better…

…according SNY’s Gary Cohen, among others, valentin played an integral role in motivating Jose Reyes and the team’s locker room…from what i can gather, he has a breezy, professional, inspirational way about him, and things have not been the same since he left in 2007…

Valentin has not played for the Mets in the regular season since July 20 of last season. 

Prior to his injury, the Mets played eight games over .500, while playing just two games over .500 after the injury.

Similarly, Reyes hit .304 with Valentin by his side, but hit just .248 after his injury.