Jose Reyes to begin season on disabled list

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Adam Rubin of reports that Jose Reyes will begin the season on the disabled list “despite feeling great making a headfirst slide into second base while playing against minor leaguers Wednesday.”
According to Rubin “team officials have concluded out of caution that Reyes ought to work into baseball shape deliberately and not be rushed for Opening Day” after missing three weeks of spring training because of an overactive thyroid.
Because the Mets can backdate his trip to the disabled list Reyes would be eligible to return on April 11, although there’s certainly no guarantee he’ll be ready to do so by then. Reyes’ last regular season game was May 20, 2009 and “he barely left his house while under the doctors’ orders to remain inactive.”
Veteran utility man Alex Cora is slated to start at shortstop in Reyes’ absence, while Daniel Murphy is out for 2-6 weeks with a knee injury and both Carlos Beltran and Kelvim Escobar have already been placed on the disabled list, so amazing as it may seem 2010 is quickly looking a lot like 2009 for the Mets.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.