Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes had to be pulled from Monday’s season-opener in Tampa Bay after just one at-bat due to tightness in his left hamstring and he was placed on the disabled list after the game. But good news arrived at the Jays’ clubhouse Tuesday in the form of negative MRI results.
According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, Reyes has been diagnosed with mild left hamstring inflammation and is aiming to return from the disabled list as soon as his 15-day stint is over.
“It is a relief,” Reyes told reporters. “That’s good news. Just showed some inflammation, no damage at all. Just need some rest, should be fine, back to play.”
Reyes missed 29 total games in 2011 with hamstring problems and he was out for 10 weeks last season because of a freak ankle injury. The hope is that this season will go a little differently for him.
The weather in Cleveland is not that great at the moment. It’s cold, windy, there’s drizzle and the chance for heavier rain increases as the night wears on. At the moment Game 2 of the World Series is still scheduled to kick off at 7:08PM Eastern Time, however. So bundle up.
And maybe hunker down. Because this game is going to go nine innings no matter what. Maybe not tonight, but eventually.
That’s because, you may recall, ever since that rainy, snowy mix forced the suspension in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and the Rays, Major League Baseball has held that all playoff games will be played in their entirety. There will be no six-inning, rain-shortened affairs.
The last word from MLB was that they would reassess the weather just before starting pitchers began to warm up this evening. If things still look about the same then, the game will proceed as scheduled. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, they’ll suspend the game and pick it up where it leaves off tomorrow.
A man named Ken Kostal of Marblehead, Ohio was just trying to get home from Los Angeles yesterday morning. He looked over and saw former Indians great Kenny Lofton in the boarding area, trying to fly standby to Cleveland. Why was Lofton trying to get to Cleveland? To throw out the first pitch in last night’s Game 1 of the World Series, of course.
Kostal gave up his seat to Lofton and Lofton made it to Cleveland in time. But don’t weep for Kostal. He got more than a ticket on the next flight and some federally-mandated bonus cash. The Indians just announced that they are giving Kostal tickets for Game 6, if necessary. In addition, United Airlines is giving Kostal 62,200 miles for his use on a future flight. Why 62,200? Because Lofton had 622 career stolen bases.
That’s pretty dang sweet. And now Kostal is probably rooting for the Tribe to drop a couple of games so he can go to the World Series on the house.