Jose Reyes diagnosed with Grade 1 hamstring strain

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Manager Terry Collins had the news following Sunday’s game against the Yankees: Jose Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain after an MRI and remains day-to-day.

Grade 1 is the most mild grade of strain.  Still, the safe play for the Mets would be to keep him shut down for the remaining seven games before the All-Star break and bring him back on July 15.  At the very least, it sounds like he’ll miss at least the first two games of the four-game series against the Dodgers that begins Monday.

If the Mets opt to place Reyes on the DL, he’d be eligible to return July 18, meaning he’d also miss the first three games after the All-Star break.

Should Reyes be scratched from the All-Star Game, Arizona’s Stephen Drew would be the logical replacement.  Alternatively, the NL could add second baseman Danny Espinosa, since there’d still be two shortstops on the roster in Troy Tulowitzki and Starlin Castro.

Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue

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MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.

Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”

Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.

Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.