Jose Reyes has been trying to play through a small crack in his left rib, but he’ll now get an extended absence, as the Blue Jays have announced that the veteran shortstop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Jonathan Diaz was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster.
Reyes sat out last weekend due to the injury. A switch-hitter, he’s been limited to hitting from the right side since his return and he’s just 3-for-23 (.130) with zero extra-base hits over his last six games. The results haven’t been there and the discomfort has apparently lingered, so rest sounds like the best course of action.
Ryan Goins, who started Sunday in place of Reyes, and Diaz figure to see most of the playing time at shortstop for now.
Another fan was struck by a line drive foul ball during Sunday’s game between the Rockies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Mike DiGiovanna and Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times report. The ball was hit by Cody Bellinger in the first inning, going just beyond where the protective netting ends at the first-base dugout, striking a young woman in the head. Play was delayed for two minutes while the woman received medical attention. She initially stayed in her seat holding an ice pack to her head but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. According to someone in the Dodger Stadium first-aid office, the girl was alert and responding.
After the game, Bellinger said, “It was weird. It’s the first time I think I’ve hit a fan. I saw it literally hit her face. That was tough. I just tried to regroup. I’m sure it was tough for everyone.” He added, “I went over the next half-inning just to make sure she was all right. She said she was all right. She gave me a thumbs up. Obviously, it’s a scary situation.”
Both Bellinger and manager Dave Roberts expressed support for extending the protective netting at Dodger Stadium. [Update: Netting will be extended, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.]
Bellinger was involved in yet another incident involving a fan later in the game. According to Michael Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, a 14-year-old girl ran on the field in the ninth inning. Bellinger said the girl came up to him and said, “I want a hug.” As she hugged Bellinger, a security guard tackled her. Bellinger said to her, “You know you’re going to jail?” She replied, “Yeah, I know. It was worth it.”