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Jose Reyes: “Playing on the turf every day is going to beat up your body”

Feb 27, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Injured Toronto Blue Jays player Jose Reyes smiles as his team plays the Tampa Bay Rays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Gregor Chisholm of wrote a lengthy Jose Reyes article about how the Blue Jays shortstop plans to be healthier and more productive and more active on the bases this season. Pretty standard “spring training optimism” stuff, but it includes Reyes’ thoughts about playing on Toronto’s turf and they were pretty interesting:

The 30-year-old said “it wasn’t good” when asked to describe his experience with the turf, but then also quickly pointed out that despite all of the preseason concerns, his hamstrings never became an issue and the ankle injury happened away from Rogers Centre. …

“People know that playing on the turf every day is tough,” Reyes said. “But as a player, it is what it is. We have to play in there, so you have to find a way … so you can stay on the field and adjust to the turf. It’s not in anybody’s mind. Playing on the turf every day is going to beat up your body.”

Reyes missed 69 games, attempted just 21 steals, and perhaps most tellingly hit zero triples after topping double-digit triples in seven of the past eight seasons, including leading his league four times. However, it should also be noted that he essentially matched his career numbers offensively when healthy enough to be in the Blue Jays’ lineup. His bat wasn’t the issue.

  1. elwaysagenius - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Doesn’t help when a few inches under that turf is concrete

  2. brentsalish - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Played there. Elway’s right about the concrete. Since they blew up the Kingdome, Rogers is the hardest field in baseball. Even the seams in the carpet can trip you up.

    • metroplexsouthsider - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Makes Ozzie Smith’s career look even better, given that much of his tenure at Busch was when the Cards played on turf, not grass.

  3. themanytoolsofignorance - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    This guy is the key to blue jays defence this season. On that turf balls will get on him so much faster than on grass. He’ll need to adjust – play deeper, cheat to the batter’s hitting side, know the pitch going in – if he’s going to really impact the defence. He can do it. i watched him for years on the Mets. a simply outstanding, thinking, savvy, intelligent short stop. That elite bat of his is pure sugar on top. A full season of Reyes will see some of that bloated staff ERA drop. A full season of Reyes though is not something that happens too often and that is a pity

  4. flyinhighwithvick - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    People actually lost their lives on the old turf in Veterans Stadium.

    • metroplexsouthsider - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Ask Michael Irvin.

  5. cshearing - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    The grass is coming. Unfortunately, it will not be until 2017, when the CFL Argos’ lease runs out at the Rogers Centre.

  6. hammyofdoom - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I’m sure that when Jose Reyes mentioned “Playing here is going to beat up your body” There was some red flashing light with an alarm straight out of a cheesy Sci-Fi that went off in the Blue Jays front office. “Total Reyes destruction in t-minus…”

  7. sdelmonte - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    It’s sad that his body keeps breaking down. And less than ideal that he ended up in Toronto. But no one forced him to not have a no-trade clause. An object lesson for free agents with bad hammies, I suppose.

  8. proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The ankle injury did not happen in Toronto, but obviously still affected his play once he returned to action.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Thanks Torii Hunter!

  10. kingjoe1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    He knows they play half their games on the road right?

  11. tfbuckfutter - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Didn’t know Shea Stadium had turf when he played….or, didn’t play….there.

  12. flickflint - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Good thing he doesn’t play on turf everday

  13. nymets4ever - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Less excuses, more games played plz.

  14. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    The over\under DL time for Jose this year is 60 and I just put down 500 on the over. Easy money baby!

    • nbjays - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      You actually saved $500 from your paper route? Good for you!

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