One thing we’ve learned about Jerry Manuel during his tenure as Mets’ skipper? Don’t trust him in regards to timelines. So take what he told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com with a grain of salt.
“He was a lot better today,” Manuel said about Reyes after Friday’s 1-0
loss to the Giants. “He took batting practice on the field. We’ll see
how he feels tomorrow. I expect and anticipate him to be a little sore
from using those muscles. Hopefully either Sunday, maybe more like
Monday, he should be ready to go.”
The interesting part about Rubin’s story is that scouts at AT&T Park “appeared in disbelief” that the Mets
allowed Reyes to take batting practice on Friday, one day after he was shut down from baseball activities. David Wright expressed similar dismay when Reyes was allowed to take batting practice last Sunday, just one day after he re-aggravated his right oblique.
The disabled list is still a possibility here. If the Mets ultimately decided to go that route, Reyes could be backdated to return for the first game of a six-game homestand on July 27.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.