Alex Gordon is hitting leadoff Thursday against the Cardinals.
He hasn't hit leadoff all year. Manager Ned Yost said he's "just trying something" so Gordon's move to the top of the order doesn't appear to be permanent. Yost is obviously hoping the move to leadoff will help Gordon snap out of his season-long slump (.210 AVG in 162 at-bats).
Mets GM Sandy Alderson says Juan Lagares (thumb) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.
Lagares went on the disabled list a couple weeks ago with a sprained left thumb. So far he's recorded three hits in his first two rehab games for Double-A Binghamton. Before the injury, Lagares was hitting .289 with two homers in 90 at-bats. He'll continue to function as the Mets' fourth outfielder.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Thursday that Jose Reyes would need another three-to-six games in the minor leagues before he's recalled.
Reyes is getting himself back into game shape while learning how to play third base at Double-A Binghampton. There was thought that with the injury to Curtis Granderson, the Mets may speed up the timeline to get Reyes in New York, but it appears his debut will have to wait until next week.
Dodgers placed LHP Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back injury.
There's no timetable for the star left-hander's return to the Dodgers rotation, but he'll be sidelined at least through the All-Star break. He received an epidural injection on Wednesday, and the team will see how he responds before determining the next course of action.
Jason Heyward has been dealing with muscle tightness in his left side for a few days.
Heyward suffered the injury making a throw from right field. He's healthy enough to play but manager Joe Maddon decided to play it safe by giving him another day off Thursday against Mets left-hander Steven Matz. Heyward should be back in the lineup on Friday.