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Jose Reyes out 1-3 months with severe ankle sprain

Apr 13, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Reyes reacts to the pain after hurting his ankle in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at baseball game in Kansas City Reuters

The 2013 season in Toronto opened with so much promise, but the first half of April has brought only disappointment to Blue Jays fans. Not only have big acquisitions R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle all gotten off to terrible starts, but now Jose Reyes is expected to miss 1-3 months with an ankle sprain suffered on a steal attempt Friday.

“It’s a nightmare, he’s a big part of this team,” manager John Gibbons told the Toronto Sun. “He’s the face of this team in a lot of ways. We’ve got to deal with it, the train keeps moving, the game keeps going on. We’ve got to pick up the slack.”

While the Jays opened the season with nice offensive depth, it’s been tested sorely with Brett Lawrie and now Reyes absent. They’ll likely go with Emilio Bonifacio at short and Maicer Izturis at second for now. Mark DeRosa and Jose Bautista could split time at third until Lawrie returns. That will open up starts for Rajai Davis in right field in Bautista’s place.

Reyes has had plenty of hard luck with injuries — this will be the fourth season in the last five in which he’s spent time on the DL — but he has only himself to blame for this one. Looking back towards home plate on his steal of second, he lost track of where he was on the basepath and decided way too late to attempt the slide.

Here’s the video:

An MRI will give the Jays a better idea of whether Reyes’ absence will be of the 4-6 week variety or something closer to 8-12. Either way, they’ll probably look outside the organization for some shortstop help. In the meantime, Ryan Goins will likely be called up to serve as a backup.

  1. kingsforever - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Jeez, the boys of summer can’t seem to catch a break.

  2. jaysjunkie - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    SO disappointing. The 1-3 months bad news was not unexpected after watching the injury. I unfortunately agree with the “has only himself to blame for this one” comment – that slide had “bad outcome” written all over it.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      The Jays have called Japanese league veteran Munenori Kawasaki who played 61 games for Seattle last season.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        The Jays better call 9-1-1 cause that pitching staff is a crime in itself, the bullpen is no better and the defense is just as bad. We all knew Jose would never last on the turf anyway so nobody should be surprised by any of this really except for all 6 blewjay fans

  3. icanspeel - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Usually it’s safer sliding in feet first.. except when you try to slide when you are practically already at the base.

  4. hittfamily - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    They need to sign Jason Bartlett. He will be cheap, and won’t cost them a prospect like trading fora SS will. He won’t add much offensively, but he is a great defender, which is really all they need. Last yearhe was hurt a lot, but in 2011 he posted a 1.5 fWAR. He is adequate for the next 2 months.

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    yea totally could have been avoided. you are stealing second base…you expect a throw every time. No need to focus on your slide and gettin in their clean. this baffles me because this is coming from a guy that has made a career outta swipin bags. id almost be a lil pissed if i was a fellow teammate or coach. obviously wish him the best tho

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      so you would be pissed at your teammate for sliding into second and
      getting hurt, makes a lot of sense.
      maybe the team should beat up the pitcher who loses the game for them.

      • louhudson23 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        If he was acting like an 8 year old and looking back at the plate and then sliding as though he had never played the game before…..then yes,you faut him.Sliding is like any skill,there is a right way and a wrong way. Practice the right way and become an expert at it….like a professional even….like a highly paid professional even…..

  6. coachbrew - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    I thought for sure he broke it after watching that video. As somebody who has severely sprained his ankle, I feel bad for him. It’ll probably never feel the same.

  7. Glenn - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Good for the other AL East teams, bad for baseball – hate to see an exciting player out of commission.

  8. badintent - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    It would heal faster if he had broke it clean.Sprains are never about healing on a timeline. Each one is different.Hope he comes back strong and wears high tops with ankle insert supports. Andy Murray wears them.

  9. illegalblues - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    man, thank zeus this isn’t a year ender. there really aren’t more than a handful of players more exciting to watch than reyes. especially is the dogfight that the AL east could be this year

  10. mungman69 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Jose Reyes seems to get hurt every year.

  11. coryfor3 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    What a surprise.
    Reyes is great when he can play. He gives you a great asset for about 45 games a year. Way late slides get you every time

  12. proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Injuries happen unfortunately; however, it is a team game and the Jays can come through. Early in the season, the players were pressing a bit. It was almost as if they were tight and were trying to impress each other. Almost half of them are new to the team and several were tied up in the WBC. I expect that the team will begin to jell and start winning.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      unfortunately for you proudly what you see is what you get, That rotation is in big big trouble and without pitching you can kiss the postseason bye bye

  13. hitdog042 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Where are all of the Jays fans claiming a title here in February? Seriously. Where are you?

    • Mark - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      They’re still here, and have posted over several threads. But thanks for your concern.

    • cur68 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Yep. We are here. And for the record, most of us were just after a better overall team, not claiming ultimate victory. Championships and whatnot were claims made by Vegas and various pundits: people paid to make a prediction based on off season moves.

      My fellow Beaver Fans were for the most part pretty restrained. We felt that we had one of the best teams in the AL East. Still do. No idea how it’ll all turn out, though. Season’s just getting started.

    • jaysjunkie - Apr 15, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      Right here, bud. And I never claimed anything in February.

  14. thedripfeed - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Yankees win theeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win

  15. weaselpuppy - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Guys that rely on their legs as a big part of their game have a habit of going from star to scrub from age 29-32, and it;s usually leg injuries being the reason why (Hello Carl Crawford)….tough situation, but that was an iffy contract at best. Not a great season so far after dumping the farm to grab some win now action…

  16. mybrunoblog - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    It sucks when a teams big time players get injured. Nobody shed any tears for the Yankees when half the lineup was put on the DL. Bjays gotta suck it up. Games don’t stop when players get hurt.

  17. abaird2012 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Where’s Harry? He must have some constructive input here …

  18. vascopinto123 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Why Him?? Such a great kid. Got robbed by Loria and Now this. Hope he recovers fast.

  19. dwdive - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Blue Jays are so over rated, just like the Dodgers. Both teams will miss the playoffs after making some of the most foolish trades in recent years…

  20. ezthinking - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Learn how to slide. Yeeeeeshhh.

  21. mudhead123 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Why does Canada still have a team?

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