Craig Calcaterra

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Jose Reyes designated for assignment by the Rockies


The Rockies have designated shortstop Jose Reyes for assignment.

They did so just as he finished up his 20-day rehab assignment following his suspension for domestic violence arising out an alleged assault of his wife last October for which he was arrested but for which charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. As of today the Rockies either had to add him to their 25-man roster or kick him off the team. So off he is. Which is not surprising given that his replacement, Trevor Story, has more than made up for his absence on the field and possesses none of baggage Reyes does for his off-the-field behavior.

Reyes, 33, is still owed $44 million by Colorado. He’ll likely pass through waivers unclaimed and become a free agent. He’ll likely get at least a look or two given that he will be able to be had by anyone for the major league minimum salary. During his rehab assignment Reyes was 10-for-33 with two homers and three stolen bases in nine games. Last year he hit .274/.310/.378 with seven homers and 24 stolen bases between Toronto and Colorado.


Flo Rida called last night’s Angels win over the Twins “epic”


The Angels beat the Twins last night, 5-4. The victory over the worst team in the American League, combined with the A’s loss, catapulted the Angels from last place to second-to-last place in the AL West and brought their record to a lofty 28-37.

Hip hop artist Flo Rida was in Anaheim last night to do a postgame concert at Angels Stadium following the game. He would have none of my implied disdain for the quality of the win or the quality of the teams which competed for the victory in this contest. No, to him it was superlative:

Epic (ep-ic) noun — a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.

So yes, it was exactly that. Now let us tell tales of Kole Calhoun around the campfire and revel in the glory of 6/14/16 now and forever, my children.

Kolten Wong is raking, playing center field at Triple-A


It’s been quite an up and down year for Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong. The year started out with him signing a long-term contract extension to the tune of five-years and $25.5 million. Then it featured him hitting .222/.306/.286 with a total of four extra-base hits in 144 plate appearances. That led to a demotion to the minors a little over a week ago.

Maybe now he’s on his way back up.

Wong hit two homers in a Triple-A game last night and now has four home runs and 11 RBI in six games since being sent down. He’s 10-for-24 and has walked four times. What’s more, he’s played center field the last two games which could make him an attractive super utility guy for the Cardinals, hastening his return to the bigs. Indeed, he’ll have to be something of a super ute barring injury, as Matt Carpenter has taken over at second base for the Cardinals with Jhonny Peralta playing third and Aledmys Diaz at short.

Whatever the case, Wong is making the most of his time on the farm and is making what looked to be a hard road back a bit easier.