The injury news for the Mets goes from bad to worse. After leaving an extended spring training game in Florida early this week because of pain, Jose Reyes was diagnosed with a slight tear in his hamstring.
He’s going to rest for two days and resume treatment for it on Sunday, but he’ll likely miss about a month. Since Reyes’ legs are his game, it’s possible that it could be longer than that.
We’ll have to get used to seeing Alex Cora (with an injured thumb) and Wilson Valedez out there on a daily basis. That’s not exactly what we’re used to.
Maybe we’ll get to see Ruben Tejada make his major league debut. He’s the 19 year old Panamanian shortstop playing with Double-A Binghamton. He’s hitting .281 with 1 HR and 19 RBI’s in 167 at-bats.
The story of this game is that the Mets were hitting and scoring early, but the bullpen blew the game in the eighth inning. It was reminiscent of a 2008 game. Livan Hernandez was back to his average self again going 5.2 innings and giving up 3 runs to raise his ERA to 4.33.
The Mets put up 5 runs in the first three inings and looked like they were on their way to a beat down of the Pirates. But they only got one hit after the third inning. We should’ve know it was a sign of trouble when the offense was led by Jeremy Reed and Wilson Valdez with 2 hits apiece.
J.J. Putz was awful again giving up 4 runs without getting an out on four straight hits. He was out early before the game working with Dan Warthen but it didn’t help at all. Supposedly, they’re trying to get him to stop tipping his pitches. They need to work on finding the velocity that he’s lost before the pitch tipping issue. He’s just been terrible.
The Pirates scrapped their way back from being down 5-0 in the third inning. This was a really ugly loss.
The Mets made a flurry of roster moves today that started by adding Jose Reyes and Ryan Church to the 15-day disabled list. Top prospect Fernando Martinez was called up to replace Church.
The Mets completed a trade with the Indians to address their shortstop issues. No. They didn’t get Mark DeRosa. They got Wilson Valdez for cash. Valdez is a 31 year old utility player that’s known as a slick fielder that can’t hit. He’s a .211 lifetime hitter that last played in the majors in 2007 with the Dodgers. He’s only played portions of 3 major league seasons. The word is that he’ll be added to the 25 man roster immediately.
Martinez will be in right field tonight. Don’t miss the fact that he’s playing against the Nationals, Marlins, and Pirates. Those are three teams that would desperately like to acquire top propsects that are major league ready. I’m not saying that he’ll be traded but the Mets might want to leave them with a nice taste of what Martinez can do.