Reyes (ankle) was activated off the 7-day injured list Thursday and went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a walk for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Reyes landed on the IL after suffering the ankle injury in mid-June and rejoined Indianapolis after a three-game rehab assignment with Low-A West Virginia. The 25-year-old has a .250/.294/.482 slash line with five home runs in 32 games at Triple-A.
Reyes exited Wednesday's game for Triple-A Indianapolis with an undisclosed injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Reyes exited Wednesday's game in the top of the first inning after suffering what looked like an ankle injury. In 30 games since being optioned to Triple-A, Reyes is slashing .267/.296/.495 with five homers and three stolen bases.
Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Reyes was sent down after hitting just .128/.190/.128 in 42 plate appearances. Kevin Newman (finger) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Reyes will start in left field and will bat seventh Monday against the Cubs.
The right-handed-hitting Reyes will check into the lineup for the lefty-hitting Jason Martin, who heads to the bench with southpaw Jon Lester twirling for the Cubs. Reyes looks like he could be the preferred platoon mate for Martin with multiple outfielders on the Pirates' injured list at the moment, but that role is unlikely to afford the 25-year-old steady at-bats. He's logged just nine plate appearances through the Pirates' first eight games, collecting one hit.
The Pirates informed Reyes that he will be on the team's Opening Day roster, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Reyes earned a spot on Pittburgh's Opening Day roster thanks to a strong spring, during which he hit .308/.351/.500 with two homers and three stolen bases in 23 games. While the 25-year-old figures to fill a utility role with the big club, he could split time with Melky Cabrera in right field to open the season if Lonnie Chisenhall (hand) is forced to miss time.
Reyes has built off of his strong showing last September and is batting .308 with an .851 OPS in 52 spring at-bats.
Although he hasn't even officially made the Opening Day roster, Reyes could be in line for more playing time if Lonnie Chisenhall (hand) is forced to the injured list. Reyes saw extensive action in right field last September, hitting .293 with three homers in 58 at-bats. Should Chisenhall miss any action, Reyes would likely split time with Melky Cabrera in right.
Reyes' chances of making the Opening Day roster may have been bolstered by the team's decision to pick Erik Gonzalez as its starting shortstop over Kevin Newman.
Given that Newman still has minor-league options remaining, it's possible the team could choose to give Newman full-time reps at Triple-A rather than having him come off the bench for the Pirates. For his part, Reyes is batting .250 in 32 spring at-bats with a pair of home runs. He has the ability to move around the infield on defense and can play anywhere in the outfield. He'd also give Pittsburgh a center field backup to Starling Marte. Adam Frazier is the emergency center fielder, but management would like to keep him firmly at second base.
Reyes, who was hit by a pitch in the left triceps Sunday, remained in the game and later connected for his second solo homer of the spring.
Pittsburgh is playing the utility man all over the field, but how he handles shortstop might well determine whether he makes the Opening Day roster. He's appeared in seven of the team's first nine games and is off to a good start with five hits in 15 at-bats. The 25-year-old hit for a higher average with Pittsburgh (.293) than he did at Triple-A Indianapolis (.284) in 2018, so it remains to be seen whether he can replicate his early success. Reyes was caught in his lone stolen-base attempt for the Bucs last September but swiped 16 bags in minor-league play.
Reyes will see time at shortstop during spring training in an effort to win an Opening Day roster spot as a super-utility player, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Although he exceeded expectations last fall September, slashing .293/.349/.483 with three home runs and seven RBI in 63 plate appearances, the 25-year-old isn't assured of making the team. The Pirates have added multiple options around the infield and outfield and Reyes still has minor-league options remaining. In seven minor-league seasons, he's slashed an underwhelming .277/.352/.411. He's averaged six homers and 16 steals per year, however, and those stolen bases could land him on the fantasy radar. Even if he's sent back to Triple-A, look for Reyes to see time with Pittsburgh in 2019.
Reyes is not in the lineup against the Reds on Saturday.
Reyes will be withheld from the starting lineup for a second consecutive game as Adam Frazier gets another start in right field.
Reyes is out of Friday's starting lineup versus Cincinnati.
Reyes will head to the bench for a day off following nine starts in the previous 10 games. During that span, he's gone 10-for-35 (.286 average) with two home runs and five RBI. Adam Frazier will draw a start in right field while Kevin Kramer gets the nod at second base.
Reyes hit his second homer in as many games Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI against the Cubs.
He's hitting .357 with three home runs and seven RBI in 42 September at-bats. Surprisingly, the right-handed hitter batted better against righties (.306) than lefties (.254) for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018. Reyes is 7-for-17 against southpaws in the majors, however, and will likely get another start against the left-handed Jose Quintana on Wednesday.
Reyes went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 5-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.
He continues to bolster his chances of making the team's Opening Day roster in 2019, showing an ability to play both third base and in the outfield. The under-the-radar utilityman could even see steady time in right field with Gregory Polanco (shoulder) sidelined. He's slashing .333/.381/.513 in 42 September plate appearances.
Reyes went 2-for-5 and threw a runner out at home plate in Tuesday's win over the Royals.
He's already played four spots around the diamond, positioning himself nicely for the team's super-sub role in 2019. Reyes, 25, slashed .284/.337/.421 with eight homers and 16 stolen bases in the minors. He's collected 10 hits in 23 at-bats in his September debut for Pittsburgh.
Reyes went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 7-4 loss to the Brewers.
Making his third start in the last five games, Reyes launched the first big-league homer of his career, pushing his slash line to .375/.474/.625 in seven games since his promotion. While he's not a big-name prospect for the Pirates, the 25-year-old appears to be holding down the short side of a platoon with Adam Frazier in left field, giving him some NL-only fantasy appeal for the stretch run.
Reyes' contract was selected by the Pirates on Saturday.
The 24-year-old has yet to appear in a major-league game. He hit a solid .289/.341/.435 for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and will likely fill a utility role for the Pirates in September.
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