Friday, July 20, 2018
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Reyes cheered in first game with Mets farm club

NEW YORK — Jose Reyes was a big hit with fans in his return to New York.

The longtime Mets star received a warm welcome from the crowd and played errorless defense at a new position Sunday in his first minor-league game since rejoining the organization.

Reyes, a popular shortstop with the Mets from 2003-11, was 0-for-3 for Class A Brooklyn against Hudson Valley. He batted leadoff and was removed after six innings at third base.

Reyes, 33, signed a minor-league contract with New York on Saturday. He was released by the Rockies after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

Some fans in the Coney Island crowd of 7,851 wore Mets jerseys with Reyes' name on the back. The switch-hitting speedster was cheered during pregame introductions and given a partial standing ovation the first time he came to bat.

"It was amazing," Reyes said. "I have to be honest with you guys, I was a little bit nervous there. A little emotional. I didn't know what to expect, but it seemed like the people still love me. I know some people out there, a lot of people, are going to be hard on me and I respect that. I understand I put myself in that situation. … It was a terrible mistake."

STRASBURG TO DL: The Nationals put ace RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain, retroactive to June 16. The lingering back issue for Strasburg began with a weight room mishap last weekend, causing him to miss Monday's start against the Dodgers. He felt discomfort during a warmup session Saturday, which caused manager Dusty Baker to scratch him for a second straight start. RHP Tanner Roark started in his place. The team said a corresponding roster move wouldn't be made until today.

READYING FORT BRAGG: A weed-infested golf course at Fort Bragg has bloomed into a major league-quality baseball field on the vast U.S. Army post. The finishing touches are being put on the ballpark where the Braves and Marlins are scheduled to play July 3. The salute-the-troops game will cap an ambitious four-month project to create the temporary ballpark from scratch. "I couldn't be happier with the progress that the team has made," said Murray Cook, MLB's veteran field consultant and the point man for the construction of this field. "We're right there. We've got all our grass in, we've got all our seats in. All that's left is just details."

ROSE TRIBUTE: The Reds formally retired Pete Rose's No. 14, capping a big weekend for baseball's hits king. Big crowds filled Great American Ball Park for the three days of celebration, which had to be approved by Major League Baseball because of Rose's lifetime ban for betting.

BLUE JAYS: RH reliever Gavin Floyd was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness. RHP Bo Schultz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

CUBS: CF Dexter Fowler (right hamstring) is on schedule to return around the time he's eligible to be activated from the disabled list July 4. "When I talk to Dexter, he seems to be in good order," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's not ready yet, but he's doing well."

INDIANS: 2B Jason Kipnis, who left Saturday's game with what was originally described as an illness then changed to "general soreness," was out of the lineup. Kipnis joked before the game that it was due to hitting two triples Friday.

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