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.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.