Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes was carted from the field Friday in the sixth inning after suffering a gruesome-looking injury to his left ankle after a successful steal of second base. And the Blue Jays are already expecting Reyes to spend significant time on the disabled list -- ranging from one month to possibly three months.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Toronto officials said the initial diagnosis was a sprained ankle, but after the game, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos indicated that it may be more serious.
"He's going for an MRI, and by (Saturday) we should have an update," Anthopoulos said. "He thought the ball was foul; you rarely see him slide with his feet. He usually slides headfirst. He's gonna be on the DL one way or the other. It's pretty swollen right now. We're not sure yet.
"It could be where it's a month, it could be where it's three months. It's one of those two options. Again right now, maybe there's something in the MRI we're not expecting, but I think that's gonna be the range. If it's the good news, I think it's gonna be four weeks. The other scenario could be three months or something we're not expecting."
But Anthopoulos was already preparing for the worst.
"We're already starting to talk to some GMs about some small trades," he said.
Reyes had just extended the Blue Jays lead to 8-4 with a two-run single with two outs against Royals reliever Luke Hochevar when he took off for second on an 0-2 pitch to Melky Cabrera.
The injury occurred when Reyes went into an awkward slide. His left foot caught underneath his body and twisted nearly all the way around.
Reyes remained on the ground in obvious pain for several minutes while receiving treatment. He exited the field on a cart and was transported to an area hospital for further examination.
Reyes, 29, is batting .395 (15 for 38) through 10 games in his first season since joining the Jays in Nov. 19 trade with Miami. The 11-player deal also brought pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to Toronto.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas feels the frustration of a six-for-34 slump and, still worse, of having just one RBI despite extended time as the Royals cleanup hitter.
I feel good at the plate, he insisted before going zero for three with three popups to third. I feel Im hitting the ball hard, and that Im putting good at-bats together.
Im seeing the ball well. Its just that things arent falling for me. There have been a couple of balls where Ive flown out to the warning track. Ive hit a couple of line drives at guys.
I had (Minnesota first baseman Justin) Morneau pick one on me. If those balls fall, Im hitting over .300 now. Thats what I even have a hard time realizing at times that its only 35 or 40 at-bats.
Moustakas dropped to fifth in the lineup Friday when manager Ned Yost opted for a right-heavy approach against Toronto lefty J.A. Happ. Two other left-handed regulars, Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz, went to the bench.
Switch-hitter Elliot Johnson replaced Getz at second base, while veteran Miguel Tejada played first in place of Hosmer.
Its all because of the lefty, Yost said. Moose will get it going. Im not worried about Moose. Were scoring runs and winning games. Im not worried about all of that (other) crap.
Moustakas admitted his slump is easier to take because the Royals are playing well with six victories in their last seven games before their series opener against the Blue Jays.
Thats all that really matters, he said, but Im frustrated at myself because Im not hitting those pitches. There are times when I definitely should be hitting balls, and Im not.
But, overall, I do feel good. I feel comfortable at the plate right now.
Ex-Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera returned Friday to Kauffman Stadium for just the second time since a Nov. 7, 2011 trade sent him to San Francisco Giants for pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.
Cabreras previous appearance came last July in the All-Star Game, and he put on a show. He was picked as the Games MVP after going two for three with a homer and two RBIs in the National Leagues 8-0 victory.
A lot has happened since.
Barely a month later, Cabrera received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for high levels of testosterone. That effectively ended his season.
Cabrera, now 28, had sufficient plate appearances last season to qualify for the batting title but asked to be disqualified. Commissioner Bud Selig granted the request.
A free agent, Cabrera signed last winter with Toronto for two season at $16 million. He entered Friday with a .306 average at 11 for 36, but he had just one RBI in nine games.
Outfielder Bubba Starling, the clubs first-round pick in 2011, is off to a slow start at Lo-A Lexington. He entered Friday at two for 26 through seven games with 11 strikeouts.
It was 44 years ago Saturday April 13, 1969 that Mike Fiore hit the first homer in Royals history. It came against As right-hander Blue Moon Odom while leading off the second inning of a 4-1 victory at Oakland.
The Royals opened their history without a homer in their first four games before Fiore went deep in the 49th inning of the clubs existence.
Fiore finished that season with 12 homers, which ranked third on the club behind Ed Kirkpartick (14) ad Bob Oliver (13). Kirkpatricks 14 homers are the fewest ever to be a club-leading total.
Happy birthday to center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who turns 27 on Saturday.
The Royals entered the weekend with a league-leading .359 average with runners in scoring position.
The Royals carried a 6-3 record into Fridays game. They didnt win their sixth game last year until April 27, when a 7-6 victory at Minnesota boosted their record to 6-14. They lost their next two games before winning their seventh game.