Jose Reyes will be joining Oliver Perez and Alex Cora in Port St. Lucie, FL tonight to continue his attempt to return from the disabled list due to tendinitis in his calf. The plan is for him to work out on Monday, play extended spring training games on Wednesday and Thursday, then meet up with the team in Washington on Friday. He’s eligible to come off the DL that day.
Perez is there because he pitched early in the week at Triple-A Buffalo but is still feeling the effects of tendinitis in his knee. So he returned to Florida to continue his rehab.
Cora is making a faster than expected recovery from the strained ligament in his thumb that landed him on the DL. He is going to give it a go without surgery and could join the team in Pittsburgh on Tuesday when he’s eligible to come off the DL.
The Mets could really use Reyes back as quickly as possible. This team is the walking wounded right now and the batting order is starting to read like the Buffalo Bisons starting lineup.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes flew to Boston with the team last night, then took a flight to New York with head trainer Ray Ramirez according to the team. He had an MRI and saw a doctor today who diagnosed the condition that led him to miss five games as tendinitis behind his right calf.
It looks like Reyes will re-join the team for tomorrow night’s game against the Boston Red Sox and hope for the best. Judging by the fact that the Mets called up Ramon Martinez to replace Alex Cora on the roster, there really isn’t a good alternative in the minors if Reyes does have to go on the disabled list.
Unfortunately, we’ll probably be seeing more of Martinez at short in the Boston series. I’d like to see Fernando Tatis mixed in there just to have some offense out of the position as well.
I was a little worried when I saw that Jose Reyes wasn’t going to play in this game because of some pain in his right calf. Alex Cora started at short for him and didn’t look great at shortstop, including a throwing error. But the Mets looked fired up in this game which was a surprise coming off an extra inning game and a cross country flight.
John Maine worked his way out of trouble a few times to go 6.2 innings and only giving up 2 runs. But Bobby Parnell was pretty bad in the eighth inning giving up 2 runs and the lead, allowing the Giants to tie the game.
The Mets offense was really NYGoodHealth clicking with 12 hits and 6 walks in the game. But the big story on offense was the Mets stealing seven bases in the game including four by David Wright. You normally don’t see many steals against any of the Molina’s.
The Mets scored 3 runs in the ninth to win it. The inning was tremendous including a critical steal of third by Carlos Beltran. Wright had a great slide at home to avoid the tag by Molina. And even Gary Sheffield got into the action stealing third in the inning. The old man can still run.
It was a fantastic comeback win and a great way to start the long road trip.
Sorry for the late post on this one. Livan Hernandez put up a respectable start last night. It’s pretty much what you would expect from a fifth starter. He got into the sixth inning and gave up 3 runs, 2 of then earned. If he could do that consistently, the Mets would be in good shape this season.
On offense, Alex Cora had 2 hits, 2 runs, and 1 RBI subbing in for Luis Castillo. I thought it was interesting that Jerry Manuel put Cora at the top of the lineup when he always keeps Castillo at the bottom of the lineup. Manuel really has no faith in Castillo. David Wright has a nice 2 out RBI in the fifth inning. Hopefully, that will lead to good things for him.
Sean Green lost the game for the Mets in the seventh when he gave up 2 hits and 2 walks, which turned into 4 runs. Green has been pretty good generally this season but this was his second bad game raising his ERA to 8.49. We’ll have to keep an eye on that.
What to watch: Jerry Manuel promised to shake up the lineup after last night’s loss. The Mets have now lost three games in a row. Expect to see Gary Sheffield in LF, Alex Cora at 2B, Carlos Beltran batting third, and David Wright batting fifth. It’s up to Hernandez to keep the Mets from getting swept in this series. Lohse had two very good starts but got hit by the Cubs in his last start for 4 runs in 5 innings.
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The Mets announced the signing of infielder Alex Cora, formerly of the Boston Red Sox. He’ll become the backup middle infielder for this season. He signed a 1-year/$2 million contract yesterday.
He’s your typical light-hitting middle infielder that can pick it at shortstop and second base. So Damion Easley won’t be coming back which is fine with me. Easley had some big hits but was a liability in the field and had too many nagging injuries for a part time player.
Alex has 11 major league seasons under his belt and he turned 33 in October. His brother Joey is the White Sox bench coach. Cora brings a career .245 average with basically no power. His lifetime slugging percentage is .348.
I’m usually pretty neutral about bench players because they don’t usually have a major impact over an entire season. But I thought the Mets would’ve looked for a back up infielder that had some pop in his bat. With Luis Castillo being an automatic out, they could use someone like Easley that brought some offensive contrast to the position. We’ll see how this works out.