Mets not healthy just yet: Jose Reyes gets scratched

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Jose Reyes was due to hit leadoff Thursday in Carlos Beltran’s return from knee surgery, but he was scratched prior to the game against the Giants and Tim LIncecum because he still doesn’t feel comfortable hitting left-handed as he deals with a strained oblique.
Reyes, who originally missed six days with the injury, tried hitting right-handed against righties last week with poor results, going 1-for-10 in three games. He is fine to hit right-handed and play defense, so he will be available off the bench tonight.
The Mets face lefties on both Friday and Sunday, so Reyes figures to start at least two games this weekend. Replacing him tonight at shortstop is Ruben Tejada. The Mets have also shifted Angel Pagan up to the leadoff spot and moved Alex Cora from eighth to second in the lineup.
It will change soon, but with Reyes getting scratched, the Mets’ star shortstop and center fielder still haven’t been in the lineup together since May 20, 2009.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.