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.
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.