Mets shortstop Jose Reyes has been cleared to return from the 15-day disabled list Monday after wrapping up a short minor league rehab assignment Saturday night at Double-A Binghamton with a 2-for-5 performance. This according to Adam Rubin, beat writer for ESPN New York.
Reyes came around to score each time he reached base and played eight innings at shortstop without feeling any lingering discomfort in the hamstring muscle that he strained in early August. He’s likely to start just one half of Monday’s doubleheader with the Marlins but should be available off the bench for the second game.
Reyes is batting .336/.377/.507 with five home runs, 16 triples, 34 stolen bases and 80 runs scored through 462 plate appearances this season. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent this winter.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: