Jose Reyes diagnosed with Grade 1 hamstring strain

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Manager Terry Collins had the news following Sunday’s game against the Yankees: Jose Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain after an MRI and remains day-to-day.

Grade 1 is the most mild grade of strain.  Still, the safe play for the Mets would be to keep him shut down for the remaining seven games before the All-Star break and bring him back on July 15.  At the very least, it sounds like he’ll miss at least the first two games of the four-game series against the Dodgers that begins Monday.

If the Mets opt to place Reyes on the DL, he’d be eligible to return July 18, meaning he’d also miss the first three games after the All-Star break.

Should Reyes be scratched from the All-Star Game, Arizona’s Stephen Drew would be the logical replacement.  Alternatively, the NL could add second baseman Danny Espinosa, since there’d still be two shortstops on the roster in Troy Tulowitzki and Starlin Castro.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.