Rod Carew’s heart, kidney transplants were successful

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Some good news from Los Angeles. The Minnesota Twins just announced that Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who underwent heart transplant surgery last night and into today has come out of surgery in good shape and is expected to make a full recovery.

Carew underwent a kidney transplant in addition to the heart transplant, it seems, and that too was successful.

Great news about one of the greatest of all time.

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.