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Reyes Returns to Disabled List

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


The Mets officially placed Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list Monday after he aggravated his left hamstring during Sunday's loss to the Braves. Reyes suffered the injury while running out a ground ball in his lone at-bat of the ballgame.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said during an appearance on WFAN in New York on Monday that the injury is similar in severity to the hamstring strain that sent him to the disabled list last month, which means the speedy shortstop will likely be sidelined for the next two to three weeks.

Reyes was one of the hottest hitters in the sport at the time of the initial injury, but batted just .256/.280/.410 with four doubles, one triple, two homers and four stolen bases over 82 plate appearances between DL-stints. Assuming he can rejoin the Mets by the end of August, he will have about four to five weeks to finish strong headed into free agency this winter.

Without Reyes and Daniel Murphy, the Mets are likely headed nowhere fast in the standings, but you wouldn't know it by their performance Monday night. They pounded out nine runs on 12 hits in a comeback victory over the Padres. Jason Bay homered for the second time in the past three games and now has his OPS over .700 for the first time since early May.

While Mets fans and fantasy owners hope that they are finally seeing the real Jason Bay, here are some more news and notes from a busy Monday in the baseball world.

* Perhaps it's time to worry about Tommy Hanson. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell plan to meet with the right-hander to determine whether he will have his next start pushed back or possibly skipped altogether. At issue is the health of his right shoulder, which previously sent him to the disabled list in mid-June.

Hanson was smoked for a season-high seven runs over 3 1/3 innings against the Mets on Saturday and has an 8.10 ERA over his last five starts, so there is legitimate concern that he is pitching through an injury. For what it's worth, he averaged 90.42 mph on his fastball Saturday, down a tick from his season average of 91.2 mph.

The Braves have a scheduled off-day on Thursday, so they have the option to skip Hanson in the rotation and use left-hander Mike Minor on regular rest Friday against the Cubs. The Braves expect Jair Jurrjens to return from a right knee strain as soon as he's eligible next Wednesday, so they would likely be covered in the event that Hanson needs another trip to the disabled list. Of course, fantasy owners hope it doesn't come to that.

* It looks like Scott Baker is headed back to the disabled list. He allowed five runs over six innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Monday night, after which he admitted that he is still dealing with discomfort in his surgically-repaired right elbow. Baker was previously placed on the disabled list early last month with a right flexor muscle strain. He plans to meet with the team's training staff on Tuesday to see if he can continue to pitch through the discomfort.

It's a shame, really, as Baker has emerged as a must-own option in mixed leagues this season. While his last two starts have done some damage to his overall numbers, the 29-year-old right-hander still has a very respectable 3.21 ERA and 120/32 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings. While he continues to live dangerously as a fly ball pitcher, he has struck out batters at a career-high rate of 22.3 percent.

NL Quick Hits: Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) said Monday that he might need a couple more days before returning to the starting lineup … Brandon Phillips (ankle) slugged a pinch-hit homer in Monday's loss to the Rockies … Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 29 games in Monday's win over the Marlins … Shane Victorino was suspended three games for his actions in Friday's benches-clearing brawl with the Giants … Carlos Beltran (wrist) could return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday after an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage … Brian McCann (oblique) took batting practice on the field Monday and hasn't ruled out a return on Friday … Jay Bruce connected for his first home run since the All-Star break in Monday's loss to the Rockies … Josh Johnson (shoulder) threw for 10 minutes Monday at a distance of 75 feet … Chase Headley is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured left pinky finger … Placido Polanco was diagnosed with a sports hernia … David Freese (concussion) is expected to return to the Cardinals' lineup on Tuesday night … Seth Smith slugged a pair of two-run homers in a win over the Reds on Monday … Stephen Strasburg (elbow) will throw a side session Tuesday before the Nationals determine the location of his next rehab start, scheduled for Friday … Logan Morrison was held out of Monday's lineup after getting five stitches in his right knee on Sunday … Derrek Lee (hand) went 1-for-4 with a triple in his return to the starting lineup Monday … Charlie Morton tossed eight innings of shutout ball in a win over the Giants on Monday night … Juan Nicasio (neck) was able to walk and move around on his own Monday … Jose Tabata (quad) will play some right field during his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis … The Mets placed Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a torn MCL in his left knee … Yonder Alonso took ground balls at third base Monday and is not expected to play left field again "in the near future," according to Reds manager Dusty Baker … After meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, Joe Blanton (elbow) will continue to rehab in hopes of pitching out of the bullpen this season … Kevin Millwood signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on Monday and is expected to make his debut for Colorado on Wednesday … Wade LeBlanc was called up from the minors Monday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Mets … Rockies' right-hander Alex White (finger) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in his second minor league rehab start with Double-A Tulsa …

AL Quick Hits: David Ortiz was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's win over the Twins … Justin Morneau (neck) went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in his fourth minor league rehab game with Triple-A Rochester … Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) was 0-for-2 in his first minor league rehab game with Class A Lake County on Monday … J.J. Hardy (ankle) homered and drove in four runs in his return to the lineup Monday … Jeremy Hellickson tossed 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a win over the Royals on Monday … Phil Hughes will be skipped from Tuesday's scheduled start after making a relief appearance Sunday against the Red Sox … The Blue Jays are hoping Jon Rauch (knee) will be ready to pitch by Tuesday … Melky Cabrera (ankle) went 2-for-4 with a double in his return to the starting lineup Monday … The Indians placed Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis … Jed Lowrie (shoulder) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return from the disabled list Monday … Zach Stewart will stay in the White Sox rotation to start Friday against the Royals … J.D. Drew (shoulder) will likely need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list … Zach Britton (shoulder) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday with Double-A Bowie … The Blue Jays are expected to promote prospect right-hander Henderson Alvarez to start Friday against the Angels … Bobby Jenks (back) underwent a colonoscopy Monday … ESPN's Keith Law reports that the Angels plan to call up prospect right-hander Garrett Richards … The Mariners placed Brendan Ryan on the 15-days disabled list with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder … Alexi Casilla (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list as soon as he's eligible Friday … Arthur Rhodes passed through waivers and will become a free agent on Wednesday … John Jaso (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Durham … The first-place Tigers announced Monday that they have extended general manager Dave Dombrowski through 2015 and manager Jim Leyland though 2012 … Twins prospect right-hander Kyle Gibson (elbow) is scheduled to undergo further diagnostic testing Tuesday … The Yankees released left-hander J.C. Romero


D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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