Jose Reyes might be back Monday. Maybe.

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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.

The Braves will be serving some insane food this season

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Lots of teams have crazy concession items and lots of them will circulate photos of the more gonzo ones in the coming week leading up to the baseball season. The Braves, however, have been one of the more aggressive players in the gimmick concession item game in recent years, and they just sent around a release talking about some of the stuff they, and their concessionaire, Delaware North, will be serving at their new ballpark, Sun Trust Park, in 2017.

Among them:a blackened catfish po boy, which is a blackened 6-ounce filet of catfish cut up among three tacos, with a cajun remoulade. Some BBQ beef brisket sliders. A double burger. An ice cream bar. They’re also going to have a regionally-inspired thing called “The Taste of Braves Country,” showcasing southern cooking from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Which they’re calling “Braves Country.” Accurate enough, I guess, even if some of us are old enough to remember when they aspired to be a national team. Alas.

The big item, though, is this one:

It’s called the “Tomahawk Chop” sandwich. It’s a fried pork chop with collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. It serves four and costs $26. I’m guessing it tastes fantastic, but I think the name is pretty cringeworthy for the same reason the cheer which gives it its name is. And, given the dynamics of the Braves move to their new stadium, the choice of BBQ sauce is . . . amusing? I dunno.

Anyway, enjoy, Braves fans.

Max Scherzer will not be ready for Opening Day

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Ten days ago Nationals ace Max Scherzer said he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. “I’m gonna do it,” Scherzer said.

[Ron Howard from “Arrested Development” voice] — No, he’s not:

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team’s opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation.

He’s still projected to make it to the opening rotation, taking the hill, most likely, on Thursday April 6 against the Marlins. At least if the schedule doesn’t slip any more.

Scherzer, as you probably know, has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, which has messed with his preparation and has caused him to alter his grip a bit. As of now Stephen Strasburg will get the Opening Day nod.