All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes will reportedly miss three months of action with the sprained ankle that he sustained against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
What's worse for the Jays was the hot start that Reyes was off to—hitting .395 with an on-base percentage of .465 and a major league-leading five stolen bases.
Now he'll miss three months of action and won't be available until the All-Star break, which comes as a bitter blow for Toronto's chances of success in 2013.
It is frustrating. I love baseball so much. I love to be with my teammates on the field and helping my ballclub. Now I know I'm not going to be there for a little while. It's kind of disappointing for me. I've been through some injuries in my career. I don't like that. Injuries are part of the game and I have to deal with it.
CBS Sports reports that general manager Alex Anthopoulos will likely look to the trade market for help at shortstop given Reyes' injury. For now, the Blue Jays called up Munenori Kawasaki for infield help up the middle, but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports notes that Maicer Izturis will be the primary fill-in for the next three months.
Either way, the injury is a bitter blow for the Blue Jays, who must now cope without the skills, leadership and experience of their four-time All-Star.