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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07:  Jose Reyes #7 of the Colorado Rockies fields a ground ball during batting practice before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 7, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes returning to the New York Mets

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Update (2:22 p.m. ET): The N.Y. Mets have officially announced the signing of Jose Reyes

It’s full circle for Jose Reyes.

On Saturday, the New York Mets signed the 33-year-old shortstop, who originally started his career with the club after signing as a teenager from the Dominican Republic in 1999. In his first stint, he spent 12 years with the team and won the National League batting title with the Mets in 2011, hitting .337 and made all of his four All-Star appearances. The move comes out of recent controversial circumstances by Reyes as he was arrested on Oct. 31 after a physical altercation with his wife at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, Hawaii.

Major League Baseball suspended Reyes without pay for his actions through May 31, resulting in him forfeiting $6.25 million. He addressed his actions in a statement in May.

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened,” Reyes stated. “I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family. I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

After his suspension, Reyes appeared in nine games for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate Albuquerque, hitting .303 with 2 home runs, 2 RBIs and 2 SBs. With the emergence of current starting shortstop, Trevor Story, the Rockies tried to trade Reyes. The Dominican player has declined in the past several seasons since leaving the Mets and combined with his recent issues, there wasn’t any interest. Yet, once the team decided to designate him for assignment, with the Rockies footing the bill for the remaining $39 million of his contract, the Mets became interested due to some recent personnel issues.

“At the end of the day, we felt that it was best that we part ways — best for the direction of the organization, best for what was going on in the clubhouse and best for Jose,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said last week.

With Mets star third baseman David Wright out indefinitely with a neck injury, the team has struggled offensively and has lacked speed on the bases. ESPN reports that Reyes won’t take Asdrubal Cabrera‘s starting job as shortstop, but will back him up and fill in at second and third base when needed. Team manager Terry Collins, who managed Reyes in 2011, remembers the player’s time at the club fondly.

“One of the things that probably caught my imagination was his joy of playing in New York. He loved it. That’s why he moved there. He loved being there. He loved playing in New York. It’s a tough place, because you’re going to have some bad times and some bad days. But he always had a smile. And when he didn’t, something was wrong, and you knew it. And that was the easiest kind of way to judge that it’s time for a day off.

“In my time around him, he was a joy to be around.”

 

Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood goes on DL with mid-back strain

DENVER, CO - JUNE 1:  Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood #32 of the Colorado Rockies walks off the field after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on June 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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MIAMI (AP) — Colorado Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood is back on the disabled list.

Chatwood went on the 15-day DL Sunday with a mid-back strain, and the team hopes he’ll rejoin the rotation as soon as he’s eligible.

“I don’t think it will be much longer than that,” manager Walt Weiss said. “It’s hard to tell. We’re thinking at this point that the 15 days will be sufficient.”

Right-hander Scott Oberg was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the Rockies’ game Sunday at Miami to take Chatwood’s roster spot.

Right-hander Eddie Butler, who is 2-4 with a 6.26 ERA and has made seven starts this year, is likely to take Chatwood’s place in the rotation.

Chatwood (8-4, 2.89 ERA) left Saturday’s start at Miami after 1 2/3 innings because of the injury. He has made 14 starts this season after returning from his second Tommy John surgery.

Back trouble is apparently something new for the right-hander.

“I think this is the first time he has dealt with this type of injury,” Weiss said. “He hadn’t mentioned ever experiencing anything like this.”

Oberg had a 4.76 ERA in eight games with Colorado before being optioned to Triple-A on May 20.

Nolan Arenado homers in his sixth consecutive game

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has opened up September with a power surge. The 24-year-old entered Saturday’s game against the Giants with home runs in five consecutive games. He made it six with a two-run home run off of Jake Peavy in the sixth inning.

Arenado is the only Rockie to homer in six consecutive games. Dante Bichette (1995) and Larry Walker (1999) homered in five consecutive games.

Arenado has turned in a terrific season, batting .288/.324/.581 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the hot corner. His 36 homers ties him with Josh Donaldson and teammate Carlos Gonzalez for third-best in baseball. No National Leaguer has homered more than the Rockies’ duo.