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.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.