Brian Costa, of The Star-Ledger, reports the New York Mets placed shortstop Jose Reyes (calf) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 26. The move is retroactive to Thursday, May 21.
In corresponding moves, the Mets acquired shortstop Wilson Valdez from the Cleveland Indians and recalled outfielder Fernando Martinez from the minors.
The Mets were hoping to avoid putting Reyes on the shelf while he has been bothered by tendonitis in his right calf for the past two weeks.
Reyes last played on Wednesday, May 20, when he re-aggravated his calf injury. He recently stated that he was not even close to being 100 percent healthy.
Reyes, a major contributor to the lineup, is hitting .279 with two home runs, 15 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 36 games this year.
The team will continue to use shortstop Ramon Martinez with Reyes finally heading to the disabled list. Valdez could also see an occasional start to spell Martinez.
Reyes' absence at the top of the lineup is a huge loss with outfielder Carlos Beltran (knee) injured and first baseman Carlos Delgado (hip) out until late July. Fantasy owners need to stash Reyes on a DL spot and hope the tendonitis in his calf heals quickly. Because Reyes' injury is a leg injury, his stolen-base numbers could suffer upon his return.
Martinez and Valdez are merely emergency fill-ins at the shortstop position and do not have much, if any, fantasy value.
Fernando Martinez is in the starting lineup and playing right field Tuesday. He is likely to see some playing time in the next few days with Beltran hurting. Martinez hit .291 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs with Triple-A Buffalo this year and is the Mets' top prospect. NL managers desiring an impact bat should take a chance on him, even if his stay in the majors doesn't last long after Beltran returns. Be proactive here.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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