ATLANTA — The New York Mets signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract on Saturday, creating a reunion with the team’s former star who now must overcome a suspension for domestic violence as he attempts to revive his career.

In a move that General Manager Sandy Alderson said was unrelated, slumping outfielder Michael Conforto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and outfielder Brandon Nimmo was called up to be with the team for Saturday night’s game at Atlanta.

Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11 but may be used in a utility role in his return. Alderson said Reyes will play third base in his first minor league game with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday.

Alderson said Reyes also will work in the outfield.

Reyes has a .290 career batting average and had four straight seasons with 50 or more steals with the Mets.

He was released by Colorado after he served a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

NATIONALS: Washington ace Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday at Milwaukee.

Manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg felt pain in his back while throwing before Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Brewers. Strasburg also missed his last scheduled start because of an upper back strain.

Right-hander Tanner Roark will start in Strasburg’s place, pitching on regular rest.

YANKEES: First baseman Mark Teixeira was activated from the 15-day disabled list and batted sixth against the Minnesota Twins, his first major league game since June 3. Teixeira had been sidelined with torn cartilage in his right knee.

To open a roster spot, the Yankees designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment.

BRAVES: Atlanta optioned rookie right-hander Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled left-hander Matt Marksberry.

DODGERS: Los Angeles recalled shortstop Chris Taylor from Triple-A Oklahoma City and designated right-hander Nick Tepesch for assignment.

Taylor, who will be used in a utility role, was acquired last Sunday from the Seattle Mariners in a trade for right-hander Zach Lee.