Kyle McClellan to avoid elbow surgery, rest for 6-8 weeks

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As the injuries continue to pile up in St. Louis the Cardinals got a bit of good news on the health front, as doctors believe reliever Kyle McClellan’s partially torn elbow ligament won’t require surgery.

McClellan got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and for once that wasn’t a precursor to going under the knife, with Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reporting that he’s been told to “treat the injury with 6-8 weeks of rest” and “also had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right arm.”

The official diagnosis is a flexor pronator strain and a mild tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. McClellan previously had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and certainly isn’t totally out of the woods yet when it comes to potentially needing it again, but Andrews apparently left him with some hope about returning in August and September.

McClellan has a 3.69 ERA in 378 career innings, making 17 starts and 233 relief appearances through age 27.

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.