The Mets announced on Monday night that infielder Jose Reyes is expected to be activated ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins. Reyes inked a minor league deal with the Mets on June 25 after being released by the Rockies.
Reyes, 33, made two rehab appearances with Single-A Brooklyn, going hitless with a walk in six plate appearances. He moved to Double-A Binghamton, where he hit .240 with a double in 29 plate appearances spanning eight games. The Mets are expected to use Reyes at third base while batting him leadoff. It’s tough to expect much from Reyes considering his long layoff after posting a paltry .688 OPS last season between the Blue Jays and Rockies.
Reyes was suspended from the start of the season through the end of May, effectively a 51-game suspension, due to an offseason incident in which he allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door. His wife went to Maui Memorial Medical Center to be treated for injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. The Maul County Police Department declined to press charges against Reyes as his wife was uncooperative. Of course, that does not prove the shortstop’s innocence, as victims of domestic violence often refuse to cooperate with the authorities due to fear of retaliation from their abusive partner.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie facing new Marlins reliever Fernando Rodney. The Mets’ eight runs were all unanswered, as the Marlins took a 6-0 lead after four innings. In valiant fashion, the Mets scored once in the fourth, once in the fifth, and twice in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings for the victory. At its lowest, the Mets’ win expectancy was just 2.8 percent after Brandon Nimmo lined out for the second out of the fourth inning.
After sweeping the Cubs in four games, Monday’s win over the Marlins extends the Mets’ winning streak to five games. They’re now 45-37 in second place, four games behind the first-place Nationals. Despite the adversity the defending National League champs have faced, they’re still very much in the thick of things.
The box scores.
Brewers 1, Nationals 0
Rays 4, Angels 2
Red Sox 12, Rangers 5
White Sox 8, Yankees 2
Athletics 3, Twins 1
Astros 2, Mariners 1
Pirates 4, Cardinals 2
Cubs 10, Reds 4
Phillies 8, Braves 2
Giants 3, Rockies 1
Mets 8, Marlins 6
Blue Jays 6, Royals 2
Indians 5, Tigers 3
Dodgers 7, Orioles 5
Padres 8, Diamondbacks 4
The Red Sox are moving Clay Buchholz back to the bullpen, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Buchholz was moved back to the bullpen last month but struggled in three starts since. He has given up 14 runs (10 earned) on 18 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. The right-hander’s ERA on the season is a disappointing 5.91.
Buchholz, 31, can become a free agent after the season assuming the Red Sox decline his $13.5 million club option by paying him a $500,000 buyout. He was considered one of the bigger names in what will be an underwhelming free agent class this offseason, but his stock has fallen precipitously.