Reyes runs without pain, is 'ready to play baseball'

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Jose Reyes is back, and he wants Mets fans to know he’s healthy and ready for spring training. From

Reyes took a significant step (to returning to action) Monday, running five 90-foot sprints and subsequently declaring himself ready for Spring Training.

“That’s how I do it,” Reyes told SNY. “I’m ready to play baseball.”

Well that was easy. I guess the Mets are going to the World Series in 2010. In related news, Oliver Perez managed to throw five pitches without any of them going over the backstop, and also declared himself ready to go.

Kidding aside, it’s good to see someone at least trying to show a little optimism regarding the Metropolitans. I’m not even a Mets fan and I find the whole thing depressing.

Clearly, Reyes is a big key for the Mets, and who knows, maybe if they can stay healthy they’ll be competitive. Of course that will just give Omar Minaya job security, so I guess every silver lining has a cloud, or something.

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Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.