Related News

Home » Sports » Baseball

Mets' Reyes, Church on injured list, Martinez called up

THE New York Mets placed shortstop Jose Reyes and right fielder Ryan Church on the 15-day disabled list yesterday and called up top prospect Fernando Martinez as they adjusted their roster.

The Mets (24-20) entered yesterday's action in second place in the NL East just one-half game behind World Series champions Philadelphia Phillies.

Reyes has missed eight of the team's past 11 games because of tendinitis in his right calf. His stint on the disabled list (DL) was dated back to last Thursday, when he took himself out of a game in Los Angeles in the third inning.

Ramon Martinez has been starting in Reyes' place, and the Mets also moved to acquire veteran infielder Wilson Valdez from the Indians for cash considerations.

Church, who has not played since leaving Friday's game in Boston, has been hobbled by a right hamstring injury.

Despite leg injuries, center-fielder Carlos Beltran has avoided the DL list for now, but is expected to miss a few games.

Needing outfield help, the Mets have turned to 20-year-old Martinez, who has averaged .291 with eight home runs for Triple-A Buffalo.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel said Martinez would be promoted immediately.

"When I get a young player, I like to put him in the lineup right away -- I like to put him in there and see what he can do," Manuel told reporters before yesterday's home game against Washington.

"I think it's important that he plays and gets an opportunity to get a feel for the major leagues. Once he gets that opportunity, he'll determine the rest of the playing time."

Reyes and Church join regular first baseman Carlos Delgado and catcher Brian Schneider on the disabled list.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend