The Daily News is trying to link Reyes' thyroid problem to HGH

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The Daily News and its “I-Team” are usually the first ones to hurl PED accusations at ballplayers. The latest: suggesting a link between Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition and his treatment by Dr. Anthony Galea:

Anti-doping experts have long wondered whether abnormal levels of
thyroid hormones can indicate doping. At least one clinical study has
linked HGH injections to fluctuations in thyroid hormones, and it’s
clear that the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 have become popular among
bodybuilders – often a reliable indicator of what doping methods are on
the horizon for pro sports . . .

. . . New scrutiny of thyroid hormones and their interaction with HGH has come amid the confusing reports on the health status of Mets shortstop Jose Reyes,
who either has an overactive thyroid (as the Mets claim) or is
perfectly fine (as Reyes himself claimed on Tuesday). Reyes underwent a
round of diagnostic tests Tuesday in New York. More tests are
forthcoming, and doctors are likely to examine records of blood tests
Reyes has undergone earlier in his career.

And while those efforts may reveal Reyes has a natural illness, they
also come on the heels of his admission that he received treatments
from Anthony Galea, a Toronto doctor who has been charged in Canada
with several drug offenses and is under investigation in the U.S. for
conspiring to smuggle drugs, including HGH, across the border.

Other things that can cause thyroid problems, but for which the Daily News does not have an “I-Team”: exposure to radiation, an iodine deficiency, a overconsumption of brussels
sprouts, broccoli, rutabaga, turnips, kohlrabi, radishes, or
cauliflower (seriously); heredity; fluroide exposure and any number of
other things.

Look, I don’t know if Jose Reyes has ever taken HGH. But then again, neither does the Daily News, and in the absence of any actual, you know, evidence, this story is nothing more than rank speculation.

Jason Kipnis diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after scoring a run on a wild pitch thrown by Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Kipnis has received a cortisone shot and will be shut down from throwing for the next four to five days.

There’s a lot of spring left, so it’s perfectly sensible for the Indians to play it safe with their star player. The club already had Kipnis on a shoulder strengthening program.

Kipnis, 29, helped the Indians to the playoffs after batting .275/.343/.469 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 688 plate appearances during the regular season last year. He then helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs, where they were eventually stopped, as he provided a .741 OPS including four homers and eight RBI in 15 playoff games.

Report: Cardinals are scouting Cuban outfielder Luis Robert

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 25: Baseballs sit in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout prior to a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are keeping an eye on outfield prospect Luis Robert. The 19-year-old left his native Cuba last November and is expected to command interest from multiple MLB teams as he approaches free agency. Goold adds that the Cardinals sent scouts to evaluate Robert’s workouts in the Dominican Republic as recently as last week.

There’s still a good chance that the club won’t get a shot at signing him; as Craig mentioned last month, it seems likely that Major League Baseball won’t declare Robert a free agent until after June 15. By July 2, the new Collective Bargaining Agreement’s policies on international bonuses will go into effect, handcuffing teams with the maximum penalty for bonuses to a $300,000 signing figure for any available international prospect. It’s designed to effectively take away those teams’ abilities to sign additional international talent, and the Cardinals have already spent a reported $9.35 million in bonuses on Venezuelan outfielder Victor Garcia, Cuban outfielders Jonatan Machado and Randy Arozarena and Cuban right-hander Johan Oviedo.

Until the cutoff in mid-June, the Cardinals are likely to continue actively scouting other international talent, including Robert. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez quotes an anonymous National League scouting director who describes Robert as the No. 2 talent behind Japanese wunderkind Shohei Otani. The 19-year-old hit .286/.319/.397 with a .716 OPS during a 16-game run in the Canadian-American League in 2016, following up an impressive three-year tenure with the Ciego de Avila in the Cuban National Series from 2013-2015.