Jose Reyes Out For the Foreseeable Future
Lo and behold, the greatest fear of Blue Jays fans came true last night when Jose Reyes slid awkwardly into second base trying to steal the bag. It was utterly gruesome looking at it because ankles aren’t made to bend that particular way.
We all know what Reyes can do when he’s healthy. He’s among the most dynamic shortstops to play the game today and amongst the best leadoff hitters anyone can ask for. He’s led the team so far in 2013 with his .395/.465/.526 slash line to go along with 5 stolen bases in 10 games. It’s no secret Toronto held its hopes this year in a healthy Reyes and now that he’s out for the foreseeable future, it means the rest of the team has to step it up in a big way.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said Reyes is likely to miss 1 to 3 months worth of time, but we all know how Toronto management underestimates injury recovery times. They said Brett Lawrie, out since the spring with a strained ribcage, would only miss the first week of the season, which turned out to be totally false. Reyes, whose injury is still officially undiagnosed, could miss significantly more time than just 3 months.
I suspect Macier Izturis will get most of the playing time at shortstop now with Emilio Bonifacio at second and Mark DeRosa in at third until Lawrie returns in 10 days or so. Defensively, Izturis should be okay at shortstop with an Rdrs (Defensive Runs Saved Above Average) of -9 compared to Reyes’ score of -17 Rdrs last year.
The Blue Jays infield was already weak without Lawrie given all the balls that were butchered by Bonifacio and Izturis at 2B and 3B respectively, now add another star-player like Reyes to the DL and you’ve got yourself a whole mess. No doubt, Anthopoulos will start searching the waiver wire or acquire another SS through trade to help bolster the IF for the time being. It’s either that, or rely on Mike McCoy or Ryan Goins from Buffalo, which forgive me for saying makes me as comfortable as a piece of meat being dangled in front of Travis Snider’s mouth.
For Blue Jays fans, let’s pray and hope that Reyes is able to return at some point this season and perform at the level where he left off at.