Jose Reyes Day-to-Day With Rib Injury
Toronto Blue Jays short stop Jose Reyes left the team’s game with Tampa on Thursday night with an apparent oblique injury.
Reyes has been bothered by an injury to his left side since Toronto’s weekend series with Baltimore. He has been wearing a special abdominal sleeve since then, but couldn’t stand the pain any further after grounding out to second in his first at bat. Upon returning to the dugout, he slammed his batting helmet in frustration.
Earlier in the day, Toronto had designated reliever Todd Redmond for assignment, clearing a space on the 25-man roster for utility infielder Ryan Goins, one of the last club’s last spring training cuts. Goins wasted no time displaying his elite defensive skills, making a fine pivot on a double play to end the 3rd inning. Goins also lined a single on the first pitch he saw in his first at bat.
Acquired as part of the Blue Jays re-tooling of their major league roster in the 2012 off season, an ankle injury limited Reyes to 93 games in 2013. Healthy in 2014, Reyes was a table setter at the top of Toronto’s batting order, slashing his way to a line of .287/.328/.398.
About the only treatment for an oblique injury is rest, and while that may take as little as 4-6 weeks, they can often recur. Both Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus missed an extended amount of time with the injury last year.
After the game, Manager John Gibbons told Toronto media after the game that Reyes was “a little tender” in his rib area, but didn’t elaborate. He did indicate that Reyes will be given the day off tomorrow, and will be re-evaluated at some point tomorrow. At 31, and with a history of injuries, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Reyes put on the Disabled List. Gibbons did indicate to reporters that rookie Devon Travis will likely replace Reyes at the top of the order for at least the time being.