Jose Reyes heading to the disabled list

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 Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that the Mets have “put the wheels in motion” toward placing Jose Reyes on the disabled list.  Which, given that I figured all of that involves nothing more than an email or a fax or something, can’t be a terribly complicated procedure requiring wheels to actually be put in motion, but it’s a nice turn of phrase all the same.

Or it could mean that there’s a road trip afoot: Rubin reports that Nick Evans is going to be called up from Buffalo, and given that the Mets are all the way out west right now. perhaps the wheels refers to Evans driving across the country to join the team, with severe budget limitations keeping him from flying. Which would be kind of fun, actually. On the way to California Evans could see the sights. Get in adventures. That kind of thing.
On a more serious note, this obviously means that Reyes’ hamstring is not doing so well. Rubin reports that he couldn’t run or do much of anything yesterday, and that the final decision to put him on the DL will come if and when Reyes is unable to run before today’s game, which is supremely likely.
Given how critical Reyes has been for the Mets this year, better to DL him now, with the All-Star break ahead, and make sure that he’s good to go for the second half.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.