Manny set to return to Dodgers on Saturday

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manny headshot.JPGManny Ramirez, sidelined since the night of April 22 with a left calf strain, is expected to return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup this Saturday, according to Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times.  Big stuff for the Mannywood faithful.

Ramirez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single on Tuesday in his first rehab game at Single-A Inland Empire and is scheduled to make another appearance for the minor league club on Thursday.  He took batting practice Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

The 37-year-old decorated slugger was batting .415 with a 1159 OPS, two home runs and 12 RBI before his unfortunate injury.  The Dodgers will hope he can remain that hot once he returns.  They’ve dropped six of their last 10 games and are dead last in the National League West standings.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.