Updates from Saturday, April 19
The Indians' official Twitter feed reports that Reyes is returning on Saturday:
.@BlueJays lineup for today: Reyes SS Cabrera LF Bautista RF Encarnacion 1B Navarro C Rasmus CF Lawrie 3B Francisco DH Goins 2B Buehrle P— Cleveland Indians (@tribeinsider) April 19, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 18
Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com has the latest on Reyes:
Reyes will be activated off the 15-day DL following tonight's game. Gibbons said he'll play SS Saturday and Sunday. #BlueJays— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star has the latest on Reyes' planned return:
Jose Reyes will join the #bluejays Saturday rather than Friday, to avoid night-day back to back and lousy Cleveland weather.— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) April 17, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star provides an update on how Jose Reyes is progressing and when he'll return to the Blue Jays big league roster:
Jose Reyes played in an extended ST game yest, Gibby said. He'll play for Dunedin today & tomorrow, rejoin #bluejays Friday, barring setback— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) April 15, 2014
Updates from Saturday, April 12
The National Post's John Lott reports Reyes is ready for his rehab assignment:
Gibbons confirms Reyes and Janssen set to start rehab assignments in Dunedin. Reyes likely to play Monday, Janssen soon thereafter.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) April 12, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 11
Sportsnet's Shi Davidi has an update on Reyes:
Jose Reyes felt "comfortable" running today, will push hamstring further tomorrow. If all goes well rehab assignment to follow— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 11, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 1
Gregory Chisholm of MLB.com provides an update on Jose Reyes' status:
Mild inflammation for Reyes . Compared it to 2011 when he missed 29 games. #BlueJays— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 1, 2014
Reyes hopes he'll be back after the 15 days on the DL. He'll be shut down for a few days and a specific rehab program will be designed soon.— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 1, 2014
Chisholm also passes along Reyes' thoughts:
Reyes: "It is a relief, that's good news. Just showed some inflammation, no damage at all. Just need some rest, should be fine,back to play"— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 1, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes exited the team's Opening Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in the first inning with a left hamstring injury.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star provided the details on Reyes' condition:
Official press box announcement: Reyes removed due to "left hamstring tightness." #bluejays— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) March 31, 2014
Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com provided an update after the Blue Jays' 9-2 loss:
Reyes: "Hopefully it doesn't get any worse, if it gets any worse it's going to be disappointing not just for me but for the whole team."— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 31, 2014
Reyes: "I thought I could play through it. Sometimes you're not 100% and you feel like you can play, but that wasn't the case." #BlueJays— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 31, 2014
The team's official Twitter account later confirmed Reyes is heading to the DL:
ESPN's Jayson Stark offered his quick take on the situation:
The diagnosis on Jose Reyes: "Left hamstring tightness." Honk if you've heard that one before.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 31, 2014
This is a bad sign for Toronto, because an MRI last Monday revealed Reyes had a mild hamstring strain in spring training, per Chisholm. However, the All-Star evidently felt fit enough to give it a go in the 2014 MLB season opener despite expressing concern following the MRI.
"It's about the same; it's a little bit better, but there's still some tightness there," said Reyes, per Chisholm. "You don't want to take a risk with a hamstring. When you feel something, you have to back off a little bit because that's a tricky injury."
The Blue Jays acquired Reyes in a trade last offseason and were expected to be World Series contenders in 2013. That never came to fruition, and injury issues forced Reyes to miss significant time, as he played just 93 games last season.
Losing Reyes in the leadoff spot as a hitter is bad enough, not to mention the range he has to cover a ton of ground in the infield. With his speed, Reyes is always a threat to steal bases, stretch routine singles into doubles and score with more ease than most.
There is no one on Toronto that can make up what Reyes brings to the table, and since his hamstring is the driving force behind his elite speed and defensive agility, the recurring issue makes his status moving forward all the more tenuous. The hope is that someone of Reyes' talent and ability won't miss too much time, as the Blue Jays will have their hands full trying to keep up in the American League East without him.
Falling behind in the division this early versus the Rays and losing Reyes in the process is an ominous sign for a franchise aiming to bounce back from 2013's disappointment. Ryan Goins will have to elevate his play and step up in Reyes' absence—however long it may be.