Tigers’ Al Alburquerque gets carted off field

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Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque was hit by a flyball in the outfield during batting practice Friday and was “writhing in pain” afterwards, according to Tom Gage of the Detroit News.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec describes Alburquerque as going “down head-first” with his feet flailing.

As the cart was quickly brought on the the field, Alburqueque was able to stand up with assistance.  Still, according to Gage, he was in obvious pain and the players around him seemed shaken.

Alburquerque, a 25-year-old rookie, has been one of the Tigers’ best relievers this season, amassing a 2.19 ERA and striking out 57 in 37 innings.

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Update: Zrebiec reports that Alburquerque is being taken to a local hospital for a CT scan.

Update II: Alburquerque was diagnosed with a concussion and will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.