Dave Duncan set to join Diamondbacks as special assistant

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Arizona has successfully lured longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan out of retirement, but it won’t be to take over as the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Duncan will instead join the Diamondbacks organization as a special assistant because “he wasn’t ready to return to coaching full time.”

General manager Kevin Towers explained that he’s happy to have the 68-year-old Duncan on board in any capacity, saying: “It’s pretty much, ‘Hey, you set your schedule and we’d love to have you.'”

And now Duncan will help the Diamondbacks find their new pitching coach.

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.