Jose Reyes
Blue Jays leadoff hitter Jose Reyes dealing with new reality
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR
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News: Jose Reyes is a switch-hitter who is not a switch-hitter at this time. A cracked rib and muscle strain in his left side are preventing the Blue Jays leadoff hitter from batting left-handed. So he is batting right-handed against righties.

And it's not working.

Reyes has just two hits in his last 19 at-bats since being forced into that move. His 2-for-13 slump over four previous games makes it even tougher to deal with. His average has plunged from .417 to .250 since April 12.

"I'm hanging in there," he told the National Post. "The more pitches I see, the more comfortable I'm going to feel. But it's a little bit weird."

Switch-hitters have an advantage in watching breaking balls always break toward them, but Reyes has lost that advantage against right-handed pitchers.

"When I hit against a righty from the left side, the slider comes to be, you know," Reyes said. "Now, right on right, the slider goes away from me. That's a different ball game."


Jose Pirela
Yankees' Jose Pirela goes 0 for 4 in first rehab game
Jose Pirela, SS, NYY
News: Jose Pirela returned to the field with the Yankees' Class A team in Tampa. Pirela, on the disabled list after suffering a concussion, is on a minor league injury rehab stint that started on Sunday. 

Pirela didn't play the field, batting second and DHing on Sunday. He went 0 for 4 with a run scored. 


J.J. Hardy
Orioles' J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will need 3-4 rehab games
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
News: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to go through three-to-four rehab games following a cortisone injection he received in his injured shoulder, according to The Baltimore Sun

Hardy isn't expected to take part any activities until Wednesday, though. Then he'll begin the rehab process. it's expected for Hardy to be back with the Orioles in a week.  


Orlando Calixte
Royals recall Brandon Finnegan, send down Orlando Calixte
Orlando Calixte, SS, KC
News: The Royals brought up pitcher Brandon Finnegan on Friday and sent down shortstop Orlando Calixte to its Triple-A affiliate, the team announced.

Finnegan started the season at Double-A, while Calixte was 0 for 2 in his lone appearance this season.

Manager Ned Yost said Finnegan will work out of the bullpen initially and he does not have a definitive role for him yet, reports The Kansas City Star.


Jonathan Villar
Astros activate P Josh Fields, option IF Jonathan Villar
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOU
News: The Astros announced that they have activated reliever Josh Fields from the disabled list. 

Fields has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. He's been with Triple-A Fresno and threw five times on a rehab assignment. Fields allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings pitched. He's struck out three batters. 

"Josh Fields is a real weapon in the 'pen anytime during the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, per "I told him, he'll be used primarily as a bridge in the middle part of the game. Get a couple outings under his belt, we can move him into a number of roles."

To make room for Fields, the Astros optioned infielder Jonathan Villar to Fresno. In seven games played, Villar has only recorded one hit in 13 at-bats. 


Jed Lowrie
Astros SS Lowrie returns to lineup after one-day hiatus
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU
News: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie has returned to the lineup for the Wednesday game in Seattle after sitting Tuesday, though he did enter late to walk and score.

Lowrie is off to a strong start, particularly as a run-producer. He owns a decent .233/.340/.465 slash line, but also has three homers and seven RBI in 13 games.


Asdrubal Cabrera
Rays SS Cabrera back in lineup after one-game absence
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, TB
News: Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is back in the lineup in his familiar third spot Wednesday against the Red Sox. He was benched Tuesday in the midst of a slump.

Cabrera has just two hits in his last eight games to weaken his slash line to .189/.218/.245.


Brendan Ryan
Yankees INF Brendan Ryan taking BP, fielding grounders
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY
News: Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan (calf) fielded grounders and took batting practice Tuesday, per the New York Daily News. Ryan has not appeared in a game this season.

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