Tag:Jose Reyes
Posted on: May 16, 2011 5:35 pm

Mets' Wright has stress fracture in back

NEW YORK -- With the Mets, injuries are never shocking.

Make that almost never.

Monday, third baseman David Wright went for what he thought was a routine MRI on his back. Monday afternoon, the Mets announced that Wright has a stress fracture in his back, and that he seems to have had it for nearly a month.

"I was shocked," Wright said.

"I was shocked and unhappy," manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets are saying that Wright will need 10 days of rest, and that doctors don't consider this a long-term injury. But this is the Mets, so we'll see, and we won't be shocked if it lasts longer.

At least now we know he won't be traded in the next two weeks, not that he was likely to be dealt anytime soon, anyway. There has been some speculation that the Mets would deal Wright, who is signed through 2012, but he was always less likely to be moved that shortstop Jose Reyes or outfielder Carlos Beltran, or even closer Francisco Rodriguez (whose $17.5 million vesting option makes a deal more complicated).

It's much less certain that they would trade Wright, who is, as Collins said, "without question, the face of the team."

Of course, if you're going to be the face of the Mets, you've got to get hurt, right?

Wright spoke confidently about returning in two weeks. The Mets didn't even put Wright on the disabled list immediately, waiting for a second opinion from a back specialist.

"I thought I could play through it," Wright said. "I still think if the risk wasn't there that I could play through it."

Wright said the injury dates back to April 19, when he dived to try to make a play on Carlos Lee in a home game against the Astros. He said that his back felt sore for about a week after that game, and that anti-inflammatory drugs hadn't really eased the pain.

"It turned from stiffness to pain to continued pain," he said. "But I didn't think it was anything serious."

Wright insisted that the injury isn't the reason for his uncharacteristic .226 batting average. He was hitting .239 when he got hurt, and has hit .215 in 22 games since then.

Posted on: May 3, 2011 12:55 pm

Reyes would fit the Giants, except ...

The question I posed Tuesday morning was simple: Can Brandon Belt be this year's Buster Posey for the Giants?

The question sure to be asked during the Giants' series this week in New York is more complicated: Could the Giants trade for Jose Reyes?

On the surface, it makes perfect sense. Shortstop has been a problem spot for the Giants. Miguel Tejada is too old and too slow to play there anymore, and when third baseman Pablo Sandoval went on the disabled list, manager Bruce Bochy smartly moved Tejada to third and put Mike Fontenot at short.

But Fontenot is a utility guy, just a stop-gap.

Jose Reyes would be perfect, except . . .

"Brian never trades for loaners," said one baseball man who knows Giants general manager Brian Sabean well.

What he meant is that Sabean doesn't believe in trading prospects in exchange for a half-season of a guy in the final year of his contract. Reyes, of course, is in the final year of his contract with the Mets.

So for Reyes to become a Giant, here's what would need to happen: First, the Mets (now 12-16 and 6 1/2 games out of first place) would need to continue falling to the point they could justify giving up on the season. Second, the Giants would need to come up with the best package of prospects. And third, either Sabean would need to change his longstanding policy, or the Giants would need to negotiate a big-money extension with Reyes.

Could all that happen?

Sure it could, and there's no doubt that Reyes would be a great fit for the Giants. But making it happen won't be easy.
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 9, 2010 1:52 pm

3 to watch

It's Opening Day in Detroit (and yes, in that city, it deserves upper-case). It's opening night in Miami (no upper-case there).

It's the first weekend of the baseball season (but please also watch the Masters on CBS).

And here's the season's first edition of 3 to watch:

1. All over, there are great matchups of opening day starters. Colleague Scott Miller is excited about Josh Beckett and Zack Greinke, Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium. That's a good one, but I'm going with Chris Carpenter vs. Yovani Gallardo, Cardinals at Brewers, Saturday afternoon (3:10 EDT) at Miller Park . Why? Simple. Of all the games I saw last year, the best-pitched game was Carpenter vs. Gallardo, on Memorial Day at Miller Park. Gallardo carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Carpenter carried a perfect game into the seventh. It was scoreless into the 10th, when Bill Hall won it with a two-out single off Kyle McClellan.

2. The Mets began the season with Alex Cora in the leadoff spot, and Mike Jacobs in the cleanup spot. So yes, you could say that they miss Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. Reyes hasn't played a game that counts since last May 20, but he's scheduled to return this weekend, and that makes Nationals at Mets, Saturday afternoon (1:10 EDT) at Citi Field worth watching. In fact, if Reyes proves to be anything like the guy who led the National League in triples three times in four years, he'll actually make the Mets worth watching. And that's quite a task.

3. Stephen Strasburg pitches Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg (at Altoona, Pa.). Aroldis Chapman pitches Sunday for Triple-A Louisville (in Toledo, Ohio). And Mike Leake, who got nowhere near the money and nowhere near the hype, debuts in Cubs at Reds, Sunday afternoon (1:10 EDT) at Great American Ballpark . Leake, who won the Reds' fifth-starter job in spring training, will be the first college pitcher to jump to the big leagues without stopping in the minors since Darren Dreifort in 1993. Like Strasburg, he grew up in the San Diego area (though they never faced each other in high school). He went on to Arizona State. He was the eighth pick overall (seven picks behind Strasburg), and signed for $2.27 million ($12.83 million behind Strasburg). Now he makes it to the big leagues, ahead of Strasburg.

Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2010 2:58 pm

Mets and medicine still don't mix

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Mets general manager Omar Minaya met with the media today to announce . . . that Jose Reyes has overactive thyroid levels.

That shouldn't come as a surprise, since the Mets announced the same thing on Tuesday night. The only problem was that Reyes then spoke to ESPN Deportes and said he had no thyroid problem.

It's perhaps not as big a difference as it seems, because Reyes could have elevated levels and still no significant problem, but it was just one more example of Mets confusion on a health matter.

Anyway, Minaya said he had spoken to the Mets doctor, and also to Reyes' representatives, and the Mets are sticking to their announced diagnosis. Minaya wouldn't speculate on how long Reyes will be out.

"Let's wait for the results of the tests," he said.

Those results, the Mets said, will likely be available on Thursday, and might clear all of this up. Or, given the Mets and their recent history with medical issues, they might clear up nothing at all.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 7, 2009 7:15 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2009 7:17 pm

Mets rely on . . . hope?

NEW YORK -- The Mets say they don't know when Carlos Beltran will be back. They say they don't know when Jose Reyes will be back.

They have some idea when Carlos Delgado will be back, but they say he likely won't make it back before mid-August, and in any case shouldn't be back before Beltran and Delgado.

Oh, and the Mets say that we really shouldn't expect any problem-solving trades anytime soon.

So here's what the Mets have to offer: hope.

"We're battling," general manager Omar Minaya said. "We hope as guys get back, we're in contention."

He never said how he expects that to happen.

As for manager Jerry Manuel, at least he has stopped saying publicly that his remaining players aren't good enough (they're not, but it doesn't really help when a manager says they're not).

"We might have to play good with this group for a longer time than we anticipated," Manuel said. "That's my responsibility. I've got to find a way for this group to mesh and play good baseball."

He's hoping.

Posted on: June 24, 2009 1:54 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2009 1:58 pm

Brewers optimistic about Parra

In his first start after the Brewers sent him to the minor leagues, Manny Parra was throwing 84-87 mph and was so unimpressive that one person watching said, "They announced Manny Parra, but it sure didn't look like him."

But Parra rebounded well Tuesday night, going seven innings and allowing just one run for Nashville against an Albuquerque team that featured that other Manny (who, by the way, struck out and grounded out against Parra). The Brewers were encouraged enough that they now think Parra could rejoin their rotation within the next few weeks.

Brewers people hope Parra could follow the same path as Ricky Nolasco, the Marlins opening day starter who seemed to be helped by his two Triple-A starts. Nolasco, who had a 9.07 ERA when he was sent down, has a 2.50 ERA in three starts since returning, including a win at Fenway Park.

The Brewers have made it this far into the season using only five starting pitchers. That will change when Parra's spot comes up on Saturday (the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Seth McClung is the leading candidate for that spot). The Brewers will also need to fill Dave Bush's spot, with Bush now on the disabled list.


While many people in baseball believe that the Nationals should give Mike Rizzo the full-time job as general manager, the team has continued to look at other options, and some people are saying that the Nats owners want "a big name." The Nationals contacted Gerry Hunsicker, the former Astros GM who now works for Tampa Bay, but it appears that he doesn't want the job.

One name that has circulated: Jed Hoyer, who now works as Theo Epstein's assistant in Boston.

Meanwhile, other teams are wondering how much freedom Rizzo has to make trades. The Nationals have spoken to many teams about Nick Johnson, and to a few about Adam Dunn.


While the Rockies' slow start cost manager Clint Hurdle his job, their strong rebound is good news for general manager Dan O'Dowd, whose job now seems much more secure.

The Rockies' rebound has a few other effects, notably allowing other teams to believe that they could make the same sort of move back into the race. The Rockies themselves are no longer seen as a July seller, although sources said they're still trying to move Garrett Atkins.

The problem is that Atkins has a .206 batting average and has also regressed defensively.

"He can't play first base," one scout said. "And he can't play third base, either."


Without Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes, the Mets lineup is awful, and they know it. Asked Tuesday night if we should expect more games like Tuesday's (a two-hit Joel Pineiro shutout) or like Monday's (a scrappy 6-4 win), manager Jerry Manuel answered honestly: "That's a good question."

The Mets expect to get all of their injured players back at some point this season, but they can't say exactly when on any of them. While they say there's a chance Beltran (bruised knee) could miss just two weeks, GM Omar Minaya said the All-Star break could be a safer bet.

"If you told me right now we'd have him to start the second half, I'd sign up for that," Minaya said.


Good line from 2,501-win man Tony La Russa, when asked what qualities make a good manager.

"Outstanding players," said La Russa, a fine manager who has also been blessed with many outstanding players.


Among all the impressive Albert Pujols stats, how about this one: In six plate appearances this year with the bases loaded, Pujols is 5 for 5 with three home runs and a sacrifice fly. In those six plate appearances, he has 16 RBIs (out of a possible 24).

For his career, Pujols is a .411 hitter with the bases loaded.

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