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Reyes Negotiating? No Way

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jose Reyes had a notably quiet day at the plate (just his third 0-for-5 and only his 15th hitless game of the season as his average "plummeted" to .336 in the midst of a 2-for-17 stretch), but there was bigger-picture news on the Reyes front on Tuesday.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Reyes has told the Mets that he's not interested in negotiating a new contract mid-season. It's not a major surprise, but does point things decisively in the direction of two scenarios: Reyes either being dealt elsewhere at the deadline, or Reyes finishing out the season with the Mets before hitting free agency. Either way, the 28-year-old (54 runs, three homers, 29 RBI and 26 steals) is obviously ready to exploit what will no doubt be a wild bidding frenzy this offseason, with a Tuesday report in the New York Daily News confirming that Reyes openly discusses his intentions to get a contract in excess of $100 million.

  • On the same day that the Cardinals officially placed Albert Pujols (forearm) on the DL and recalled Mark Hamilton, Pujols told that he's hoping to beat a timetable that has him expected to be out until August, saying that the pain in his fractured arm has already decreased. This has the sound of a player simply being as optimistic as possible in the wake of a significant injury, but it is worth noting that Pujols has healed quickly after injuries in the past.

  • Shaun Marcum (whose first name I very frequently attempt to spell "Shawn") will start against the Rays on Wednesday, but since he's not yet 100 percent recovered from his hip injury, he'll be evaluated on an "inning by inning" basis after the third inning. That makes Marcum a risky start, but he's probably worth using in a matchup against the hit-or-miss Tampa Bay offense.

  • Hanley Ramirez didn't make a good impression on new Marlins' manager Jack McKeon this week, getting benched on Monday for showing up late in McKeon's first game back with the team. However, Ramirez was back in the lineup Tuesday and made a statistically diplomatic effort to apologize to the manager, going 2-for-4 with his 13th steal as the Marlins won for just the second time in June (and the first time since McKeon came out of retirement). In other Florida news, Mike Stanton (eye infection) returned to the lineup and went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

  • Brandon League left Tuesday's game with two outs in the ninth after being hit in the leg with a comebacker, and in his absence, David Pauley came on to give up a walk-off, three-run homer to Wilson Ramos. An update on League's status should be available at some point during the day on Wednesday.

  • Updates on some Yankees arms: Bartolo Colon (hamstring) played long toss on Tuesday, but won't be ready when his 15 days are up and may not be back until closer to the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes (arm) is expected to make two more rehab starts before returning in early July, and Rafael Soriano (elbow) will soon begin a throwing program, but is expected to be out until at least mid-July.

  • Wily Mo Pena has annihilated minor league pitching this year (.363 average, 21 homers at Triple-A) and joined the D'Backs as their starting DH on Tuesday, promptly drilling an absolute missile of a solo homer in his season debut. There are no guarantees of playing time beyond Arizona's current AL road trip (which has five games remaining as of Wednesday), but Pena is at the very least worth an immediate look in NL-Only leagues.

  • Jemile Weeks went 1-for-3 with two walks, two steals and three runs scored on Tuesday, upping his average to .362 and OPS to 974 in 47 at-bats. However, things get slightly complicated now with Mark Ellis (calf) slated to be activated Wednesday. Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle that "If Jemile is here, he's going to play some," but Ellis could steal some starts from Weeks, or even worse, could force the 24-year-old back to the minor leagues for now (though that latter scenario seems less likely).

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    Pitcher injury notes: Jonathan Broxton (elbow) allowed one run in one inning at Triple-A Tuesday and is set to pitch again Thursday before being reevaluated … Joe Nathan (elbow) threw a scoreless inning at Triple-A and could be back as soon as Friday … Scott Feldman (knee) made his third rehab start at Triple-A and could potentially return this weekend … Brad Lidge (elbow) threw a successful bullpen, but isn't expected to be back before the All-Star break … Charlie Morton will have his next start skipped due to fatigue … Josh Beckett (illness) is expected to start Saturday.

    Position player injury notes: Brian Roberts was told by a concussion specialist that he needs more rest and will be reevaluated in two weeks … Derek Jeter (calf) played long toss Tuesday and is expected to take over the leadoff spot from Brett Gardner upon his return (which he's aiming to do before the end of June) … David Freese (hand) went 1-for-3 with a double in his first Triple-A rehab game and could be back as early as next Monday … Marlon Byrd (facial fractures) reportedly could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week, but may still be several weeks away from returning … Ryan Braun (viral infection) returned to action, going 1-for-3 with two RBI … Laynce Nix left early Tuesday with a sore right Achilles and is considered day-to-day … Chipper Jones (groin) returned to the lineup and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

    Position player injury notes (part 2): Darwin Barney (knee) hit on the field Tuesday as he targets a return early next month … The Giants are hoping that Brandon Belt (wrist) can begin a rehab assignment next week and return in early July … David Wright is scheduled to have his back examined Thursday … Hunter Pence (elbow) missed a fourth straight game Tuesday and may sit out until Friday … Josh Willingham (Achilles) is expected to sit out again Wednesday … Luke Scott (back) returned to the starting lineup, going 0-for-3 … Placido Polanco is day-to-day after being hit on the left hand by a pitch … Brandon Inge (mono) homered twice at Triple-A and could be activated on Friday … Mike Napoli received a cortisone injection for his injured left oblique.

    Miscellaneous notes: The Yankees and Reds were rained out, with a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday … Bud Black showed little concern over Anthony Rizzo's slow start at the plate, telling the North County Times that "He's going to play" ... The Rockies have talked to Dexter Fowler about abandoning his weaker left side to hit exclusively right-handed, but Fowler reportedly doesn't intend to abandon switch-hitting … The slumping Gordon Beckham was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game Tuesday, but is expected to start Wednesday … Cory Luebke (3.23 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 43/15 K/BB ratio in 39.0 innings) is joining the Padres' starting rotation, making him worth an immediate add in NL-Only leagues.

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    Notable pitching: Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings, pushing his K/BB ratio to 80/9 in 60 1/3 innings … Dillon Gee walked six in four innings en route to his first loss this season … Madison Bumgarner gave up eight runs on nine hits in just 1/3 of an inning … Mike Minor was impressive against the Blue Jays (seven innings, one run, eight K's), but was sent back to Triple-A after the game with Brandon Beachy (oblique) slated to start Wednesday.

    Notable hitting: J.J. Hardy homered for the seventh time in June and ninth time on the season … Jason Bay went 3-for-3 and homered for the first time since May 13 … Seth Smith hit his seventh and eighth homers of the season to boost his OPS to 925 … Paul Konerko homered for a fifth straight game (his 21st of the year).

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