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Jose Reyes and Brandon Morrow begin rehab assignments tonight

Jun 17, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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According to John Lott of the National Post, Jose Reyes and Brandon Morrow will begin minor league rehab assignments tonight with High-A Dunedin.

Reyes, who suffered a severe sprain of his left ankle back on April 12, is slated to play 4-5 innings in his return to game action. He’ll move on to another minor league affiliate from here, but the hope is that he’ll be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays before the end of the month.

As for Morrow, he’s making his way back from a right forearm strain suffered in an abbreviated start back on May 28. The Blue Jays plan to have him throw 45-50 pitches tonight, so he’ll require at least one more rehab start before coming off the disabled list. Still, if all goes well, that sets him up for a return later this month.

Winners of five straight, the Blue Jays currently sit at 32-36 on the season. While they dug themselves a pretty big hole early on, they are quickly gaining some ground in the hyper-competitive American League East. Getting a healthy Reyes and Morrow back should help their cause.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Good news.

    • slclions - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      it’s too bad they will have to send Kawasaki down. Love that guy.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        Hard to say when Kawasaki will be sent down. The Jays currently have an extra relief pitcher and one of them will be replaced by Reyes.

  2. thebadguyswon - Jun 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    They certainly aren’t dead yet, that’s for sure.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Quite a pitching battle between Johnson and De La Rosa tonight. The Jays eventually got to the Rockies bull pen for a 2 to 0 win. Izturis was the hero for the Jays both with his glove and his bat.

  4. cur68 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    And the Beavermen are 6 wins in a row. Nice.

    • slclions - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      I almost don’t want to go to the game tomorrow. I’m 0 for 7 this year at I still call it Skydome. Good thing I’m not superstitious…just a little titious.

      • cur68 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        It’ll always be Skydome. And you should go. Our Boys need all the support they can get.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    5 games back of the wild card (8 from the division lead) with 93 games left, the hitting is finally there and the pitching is getting a lot better, with the player they expected to be their offensive catalyst coming back soon, should be some excitement in T.O. This summer, and hopefully fall! The two keys (obviously) will be not having any prolonged (more than 3 game) losing streaks and winning when they play their own division, especially against the Yanks and Sawx.

    • slclions - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      and the Rays and the O’s. Jays need to get to .500 before Canada day and they have a chance. I’m loving all the folks who jumped off the bandwagon in April starting to talk about the Jays again.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Well they’ve beaten the Rays and O’s already this year, they’ve really struggled against the Yanks and they’ve been so so against the Sawx. But from a mental standpoint the Yanks and Sawx have been at the top of the AL East really since 93, beating those two teams is bigger psychologically than beating the Rays or O’s IMO, even though they all count the same in the standings. After the Rox the Jays have 10 straight against the AL east, I think it’s safe to say that those 10 games are huge, if they could be at .500 or just above after that stretch (which is Canada Day) it certainly sets them up well for the rest of the season.

        As far as the “bandwagon fans” comment goes, not sure if that was directed at me (don’t really care one way or the other) I’d just say that just because someone doesn’t comment on HBT very often it doesn’t make them a bandwagon fan.

  6. slclions - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Relax atwatercrushesokeye…I wasnt talking about you. I’m talking about 75% of the folks here in T.O. that we saying: “Same old Jays. Weren’t they suppose to win the World Series this year” after the first month of the season.

    I do disagree with your comment about the AL East. They need to win pretty mich 2 out of 3 against all the teams in the AL East starting this week with O’s.

    But chill, its all good. Jays won again. it’s a good night

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