UPDATE: Reyes denies diagnosis on thyroid

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jose reyes headshot mets.jpgUpdate: Here’s a quote from the translated version, available on ESPN.com:

“The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I’m
fine and that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test [taken to
follow one conducted during his physical] showed that I’m fine. We just
have to wait for the results of the additional test. The [doctors] found
inflammation in my throat and no medicine to treat the thyroid or any
other condition has been prescribed.

We await some clarification from the team on Wednesday.

10:40 pm: Interesting. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Jose Reyes denied reports about his thyroid, stating that he only had inflammation in his throat and did not need drugs for a thyroid condition. Reyes said that he was only told to avoid seafood because of its iodine content and be checked out every three weeks.

Of course, there is a relationship between iodine and the thyroid gland, so perhaps there’s some semantics at play here — or my Google translator is completely wrong. Reyes acknowledged that he is still awaiting results of a second test, so a full course of action hasn’t been determined yet.

7:00 pm: According to Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News, Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. The club would reveal little else this evening, other than to say Reyes will remain in New York for additional tests to determine treatment. Results of the tests are not expected before Thursday.

A well-deserved dark cloud follows nearly every medical situation surrounding the Mets at this point, but this particular thyroid condition is not considered serious and is fully-treatable with medication. There’s no word on when Reyes will be able to resume baseball activities, but this figures to be only a minor setback.
 

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph: “We suck”

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As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Baltimore lost its 107th game last night, tying its 1988 mark for the most losses in Orioles history. They will certainly break that record and will almost certainly blast by the all-time franchise loss record of 111, set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns. That team only played a 154-game schedule so the O’s likely won’t be the worst team in the franchise’s 118-season history by winning percentage, but it’ll be close enough.

Over at The Athletic Dan Connolly reports that one Oriole, catcher Caleb Joseph, is well aware of how bad the Orioles are and he is not mincing words about it:

“I’m not a loser. So, to be associated with that severity of losing is embarrassing. It’s shameful really . . . I don’t blame [fans] at all [for not attending games]. We suck.”

That last bit was in response to Matt Olson of the Athletics coming up to him before a recent game, noticing how many empty seats there were in Camden Yards and asking Joseph if it was always like that. Let that sink in: a player for the Oakland Athletics who, year after year, have some of the worst attendance in baseball, is shocked at how poorly Baltimore is drawing.

As for Joseph, he spends a lot of time talking about how the attitude is all wrong with the Orioles, how there does not seem to be any accountability and how things weren’t like that when he came up back when the Orioles were winning. Which, well, yeah.

Baseball players often attribute winning and losing to whatever attitude is prevailing around the clubhouse. Maybe that’s true on greatly underachieving teams or borderline teams that aren’t catching the breaks, but it seems far more likely that winning makes teams happy and instills camaraderie while losing makes teams sad and makes people look inward. Players tend to get the causation wrong about all of that because, I suspect, they don’t want to admit that they’re not as talented as the competition so it has to come down to some motivational or mental defect. Which, if that makes a player feel better, fine, but these O’s weren’t going to win many games even if they came in with smiles on their faces while singing “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” out of their rear ends every day. They just aren’t good.

Whatever you think of all of that, one thing is clear: the O’s need to clean house in a major, major way.