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Jose Reyes could return by the end of June

May 17, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes hits a single against the Houston Astros in Dunedin

Jose Reyes is making progress on an ankle injury suffered on April 12 against the Royals. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports the shortstop had a walking boot removed and talk part in stretching prior to tonight’s game against the Yankees. Another surprising piece of news:

Reyes was expected to be out until the All-Star break, but Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said it’s possible that timeline could be pushed up to the end of June. The biggest test will come when he starts running, something which likely will happen within the next couple of weeks.

The injury is somewhat similar to the one he experienced back in 2003 with the Mets. He was forced to miss only 26 games because it happened toward the end of the season, but he was still feeling the effects the following Spring Training.

The healing process should be a lot quicker this time around because the pain hasn’t lingered in quite the same way.

The Jays could certainly use Reyes as they sit at 17-25 in last place in the AL East. They acquired Reyes from the Marlins in November in the 13-player trade that also saw Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio head north of the border. In 43 trips to the plate prior to the injury, Reyes was hitting .395 with five stolen bases in as many attempts.

  1. xmatt0926x - May 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Back by June and then out again by July?

  2. multiplemiggs - May 18, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Who?

  3. bigjimatch - May 18, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Reyes does not heal quickly. the Mets literally spent an entire season listing him as day to day.

  4. Mark - May 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Honestly some people make it seem like Reyes is never playing. The past 3 years he’s played in 160, 126 and 133 games. Obviously you’d rather see him push 140-150 games, but it’s not as bad as people make it sound.

    • Last Road Reviews - May 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      True to a certain degree. He’s a core player making a lot of money. Anything under 150 games isn’t good. Through his career he’s been injury prone except 05-08 and 2012

  5. bbk1000 - May 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I was one of the few Mets fans who wanted to trade Reyes……I still can’t believe the Mets didn’t do what every knowledgeable fan knew back then.

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