Rockies preparing to be without Reyes for extended period

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Colorado Rockies began their exhibition schedule Wednesday facing the possibility they’ll be without starting shortstop Jose Reyes for a large portion of the season.

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman agreed Tuesday to a 30-game suspension, discipline stemming from an October incident involving his girlfriend. Chapman’s suspension suggests Reyes could face more severe discipline.

Chapman wasn’t charged in an incident involving his girlfriend but acknowledged he fired a gun. Reyes pleaded not guilty after he was arrested at a Hawaii resort on Oct. 31 and charged with abusing his wife. His trial date is April 4, the day the Rockies open the regular season at Arizona, and he was suspended with pay last week by Major League Baseball, pending the trial and its investigation.

“We’re just waiting to hear what happens,” Weiss said Wednesday.

Reyes, the Rockies’ highest-paid player, is due $22 million in each of the next two seasons. He will not attend spring training.

“We know that whenever Jose is active again, there’s going to be a period where he’s going to have to get ready to go out and compete in games,” Weiss said. “So our focus is on the guys here and getting ready for the season.”

Veteran Daniel Descalso was in Weiss’ starting lineup at shortstop against Arizona in the Rockies’ exhibition opener Wednesday. Prospect Trevor Story is scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Rafael Ynoa and Cristhian Adames also are candidates to play shortstop.

The 32-year-old Reyes, a four-time All-Star and the 2011 NL batting champion, was acquired from Toronto last summer in a trade that sent longtime shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays.

“He was my favorite shortstop growing up,” Adames said. “And he helped me a lot last year.”

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.