We can probably cool that talk about Carl Crawford money. At least for now.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes was pulled from today’s game against the Yankees after two innings with left hamstring tightness.
Reyes apparently felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the bottom of the first inning. Oddly, he stayed in the game though the bottom of the second inning before being replaced by Ruben Tejada at shortstop to begin the top of the third.
The Mets are calling Reyes’ exit “precautionary,” though his history with hamstring injuries naturally raises some level of concern. On the bright side, this isn’t the same hamstring that he tore in 2009.
Reyes, 28, currently leads the majors with a .354 batting average, 124 hits and 15 triples. He has appeared in 80 of the Mets’ 83 games this season.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.