Jose Reyes was dealt from the hard-charging Blue Jays to the basement-dwelling Rockies a few days before the July 31 trade deadline. The 32-year-old shortstop is batting just .271 with a .684 OPS over his first 92 plate appearances with Colorado and the Rockies are 5-16 in the 21 games he has appeared in since arriving. Bad vibes. Bad vibes all around.
Reyes did a bit of venting after the Rockies’ ugly 14-9 loss to the Mets — the team Reyes started his career with — on Saturday night at Coors Field. Via beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post …
“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped him out of Toronto. The Blue Jays, with [Troy] Tulowitzki, have surged into a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.
“I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”
Reyes has cleared waivers, so the Rockies can dangle him in trade talks until the August 31 deadline. He is owed $22 million in 2016 and 2017 and holds a $22 million club option (or $4 million buyout) for 2018.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.