Shortstop Jose Reyes (7). Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo
Shortstop Jose Reyes was back on the field Thursday, taking grounders in the infield and swings in the batting cage at the Colorado Rockies' spring training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The 32-year-old All-Star has missed spring training and the first two months of the season while sitting out a 59-day suspension after his arrest on a domestic violence charge last October involving an altercation with his wife in Hawaii.
Reyes is eligible to return June 1 under Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy. He appeared happy to be back in his element and remorseful for his actions.
"I put myself in this situation and I'm sorry about it," Reyes said. "I need to put this in the past and continue with my life and my career. Human beings make mistakes. Like I said, I'm sorry to put Rockies fans in this kind of situation."
The charges against Reyes were dropped after his wife refused to cooperate before a April 4 trial. But he will lose approximately $7 million of his $22 million salary this season.
"It's good to be on the field and put that stuff behind me," Reyes said. "I'm sorry. I made a mistake and will stand here like a man. I just have to try to be a better man, a better husband."
Reyes was the second player, along with New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, to be suspended under MLB's new domestic violence policy.
When Reyes is eligible to return, he might have a hard time getting back on the field. Rookie Trevor Story took his place and started his career with a bang, batting .277 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs through the Rockies' first 38 games.
The Rockies could make the 32-year-old Reyes a backup infielder or try to trade him. But there's also the matter of his salary -- $41 million guaranteed in the next two seasons -- that could complicate the situation.
Reyes has lost some range in the field, but he hit .274 with seven homers and 53 RBIs last year for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rockies.
In anticipation of returning, Reyes has worked out on his own since November, but he knows he'll need to get back in the swing of things.
"When you get on the field, it's a different ballgame," he said. "There's a lot of stuff that doesn't feel right when you get on the baseball field, but my body feels great."