The Mets activated infielder Jose Reyes from his minor league assignment on Tuesday, with the 13-year veteran and former Met going 0 for 4 in his return to Queens in New York’s 5–2 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Reyes led off and played third base. He was greeted with cheers from the Citi Field crowd when he made his first plate appearance of the game. Giancarlo Stanton homered twice for the Marlins and drove in all five of their runs, helping Miami snap New York’s five-game winning streak.
Reyes, who began the year with the Rockies, had not played this season due to a domestic violence suspension. He was arrested on Oct. 31, 2015, following a physical altercation with his wife at a resort in Hawaii, where he allegedly grabbed her by the throat and pushed her into a sliding-glass door. Domestic abuse charges were dropped in April after his wife did not cooperate with prosecutors, and Reyes was suspended without pay through May 31 by MLB. He was signed by the Mets on June 25 after being released by Colorado.
After being signed, Reyes played 11 games for the Mets in the minors, appearing at third base and shortstop and collecting six hits and four walks in 39 plate appearances between Class A Brooklyn and Double A Binghamton. With regular third baseman David Wright on the disabled list and Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker in place as the team’s shortstop and second baseman, respectively, Reyes will likely play third base for New York going forward, though manager Terry Collins told reporters that he would also consider playing him in centerfield.
Before Tuesday's game, Reyes spoke with the media about returning to New York.
"I still don't believe that I'm here again." -- Jose Reyes— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 5, 2016
"Coming back here it feels like it's home." -- Jose Reyes— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 5, 2016
"I'm sorry for what happened. ... People deserve a second chance in life." -- Jose Reyes.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) July 5, 2016
Reyes, a four-time All-Star, spent his first nine MLB seasons with the Mets after signing as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 1999. He left the team to sign a six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins in 2011, then was traded to the Blue Jays the next winter and subsequently dealt to the Rockies in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki last summer. Reyes hit just .274/.310/.378 with seven homers and 53 RBIs last season between Toronto and Colorado.