Jose Reyes tears a tendon in his hamstring

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Jose Reyes can add “small tear in a hamstring tendon” to his list of health issues:

Don’t count on seeing Jose Reyes back on the field anytime soon.

Reyes, who removed himself from an extended spring-training game
Wednesday after his second at-bat with continued right calf discomfort,
had an MRI in New York Thursday that revealed what the Mets said in a
statement was a “small tear in his right hamstring tendon, a new
injury.” The statement also said, “Reyes will rest for two days and
then resume treatment.”

As James at Amazin’ Avenue notes,
the key to whether this is merely bad news or disastrous news has less
to do with how Reyes responds to treatment and rehab than it does to
how Omar Minaya responds to it:

Dear Omar,

Please do not purge the farm system for Matt Holliday or Carlos Lee.
Seeking out a blockbuster trade at this point would be silly, as most
other GMs (yes, even Ed Wade) can sense the semi-desperate
circumstances surrounding your team . . . Take a deep breath and
realize that the Mets’ core is outstanding and still relatively young.
Residing in your improving minor league system are young fireballers
Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia, an OBP-machine of a catcher in Josh Thole,
and a 20 year-old outfield phenom named Fernando Martinez. None of them
should be wearing Oakland Athletics green and yellow uniforms at any
point this season.

I’m not the biggest Omar Minaya admirer in the world, but I have to
think that even he wouldn’t go all-in for yet another corner outfielder
type. If he does anything silly it will be to try and fix the specific
hole that Reyes’ injuries have created — leadoff hitter and/or
shortstop — and I don’t believe that there’s anyone available that
fits that description for whom even a panicky Minaya would risk
mortgaging the future.

Though I’m sure nervous Mets fans will tell me if I’m wrong about this.

Odubel Herrera flips his bat on a fly ball, gets benched for lack of hustle

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Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera has been a polarizing figure in his young career. He’s talented and at times has shined, inspiring the Phillies to give him a long term contract this past offseason. At other times, however, he’s aggravated the snot out of his manager, his teammates and his team’s fans. Last night, in the Phillies-Astros game, he did the latter and was the subject of mockery of the opposing team to boot.

In the first inning he hit a long fly ball to center. He thought it was going out but . . . it didn’t. When the ball came off of his bat, however, he flipped his bat like he went yard. You know our view about bat flips — who cares? Flip away! — but you flip at your own risk. Just because you’re allowed to flip it whenever you want doesn’t mean you’re not gonna get mocked if you flip prematurely. That’s what Herrera did, and he was mocked for the flip by the Astros from the dugout:

If that was all that happened in the game, life would go on just fine. I mean, it’s just a bat flip. But later in the game he committed a more substantive transgression: he failed to hustle in a hustle situation.

In the sixth inning Herrera struck out swinging on a 1-2 curveball. The catcher didn’t hold on to it, though, and the ball went in the dirt. Herrera didn’t bother to run to first base and Pete Mackanin pulled Herrera from the game in a double switch right after that. Asked if Herrera was benched for not running that ball out, Mackanin said “It had something to do with it . . . I’m going to talk to him tomorrow.”

If you’re a veteran and you have hamstring issues or something you can take a dropped strike three off and no one is gonna say anything. If you’re hitting like Herrera has been hitting of late (i.e. pretty well) and you otherwise have no issues with your manager along these lines, it’s doubtful anyone will hold that sort of play against you either as long as it’s an isolated incident.

Herrera is not in that position, however. He’s raised Mackanin’s ire in the past for ignoring signs and taking what Mackanin believed to be a lackadaisical approach to the game. Whether that’s a fair assessment of Herrera or not — we can’t fully know everything about their interaction from the outside — is sort of beside the point. He has to know by now that Mackanin is going to get after him for that stuff and he has to know that him not being in the game is neither good for the Phillies or for Herrera.

Are these growing pains or a signs of a growing problem? That, it would seem, is up to Odubel Herrera.

Video: Minor leaguer bounces a home run off of an outfielder’s head

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Jose Canseco hit 462 homers, was the 1986 Rookie of the Year, the 1988 MVP and played for 17 years in the big leagues, winning two World Series rings and making the playoffs five times. Yet he’s not remembered for any of that. At least not very often.

No, he’s remembered for his ignominy. For his role in participating in and, subsequently, exposing baseball’s PED-fueled world of the 1990s. For his continued insistence that he was blackballed by Major League Baseball and his continued attempts to play via the independent league route. For his crazy post-playing career antics in which he spent a few years tweeting about aliens, conspiracy theories and non-sequiturs of every stripe.

Mostly, though, people remember Canseco for one random play: the time he helped the Indians’ Carlos Martinez to a home run when a fly ball bounced off of Canseco’s head and over the wall back in 1993:

 

Well, Canseco now has a friend in infamy. That friend: Zach Borenstein of the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. Yesterday Borenstein pulled a Canseco on what should’ve been an Alex Verdugo F-9:

Borenstein’s glove may have gotten a piece of that — the announcer seemed to think so anyway — and I have a hard time figuring that his head would give it that much bounce. I mean, look how far he was from the wall! He wasn’t even to the warning track. That’s a serious assist.

Still: gonna rule this a Canseco anyway. It’s too good not to.