Mets SS Jose Reyes scratched with stiff back

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Jose Reyes left the field during batting practice Wednesday and was scratched from the Mets’ lineup with what was termed lower back stiffness.
A Mets official called the problem “turf related,” according to the New York Daily News.
Reyes missed the spring and the first four games of the regular season with a thyroid condition, but he had managed to stay healthy since, playing in all 73 straight games for the Mets. He played in just 36 games in 2009 because of calf and hamstring injuries.
Reyes is hitting .277/.321/.419 with 51 runs scored this season. He was in a 2-for-18 slump over the previous four games, but he had been red-hot over the previous month, collecting multiple hits 19 times in a stretch of 32 games.
With Reyes absent, the Mets have Ruben Tejada at shortstop and Alex Cora playing second base tonight.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”