Mets SS Jose Reyes scratched with stiff back

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Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice Wednesday and was scratched from the Mets’ lineup with what was termed lower back stiffness.
A Mets official called the problem “turf related,” according to the New York Daily News.
Reyes missed the spring and the first four games of the regular season with a thyroid condition, but he had managed to stay healthy since, playing in all 73 straight games for the Mets. He played in just 36 games in 2009 because of calf and hamstring injuries.
Reyes is hitting .277/.321/.419 with 51 runs scored this season. He was in a 2-for-18 slump over the previous four games, but he had been red-hot over the previous month, collecting multiple hits 19 times in a stretch of 32 games.
With Reyes absent, the Mets have Ruben Tejada at shortstop and Alex Cora playing second base tonight.

Report: Brewers sign Yovani Gallardo to a major league deal

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Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.

Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.

Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.

Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.