Royals

Blue Jays lose shortstop Reyes for three months

Updated: 2013-04-14T22:26:40Z

By NICOLE POELL

The Kansas City Star

After a slow start to their season, things just got a lot tougher for the Blue Jays.

Toronto will be without shortstop Jose Reyes for around three months after he suffered a severe ankle sprain stealing second base in Friday night’s 8-4 win against the Royals.

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos on Saturday said no surgery was needed -- just rest and rehab. The team placed Reyes on the 15-day disabled list and called up Munenori Kawasaki from Class AAA Buffalo.

“We’ll wait for the swelling to go down and do another MRI in five or six days,” Anthopoulos said. “We’re thinking three months. I’m excited by the fact that he’s not lost for the season, and we should have him back by the All-Star break.”

Reyes was hurt with two outs in the sixth inning as he headed to second on an 0-2 pitch to Melky Cabrera. As he slid, he caught his left foot under his body and twisted it awkwardly. He was taken to an area hospital for an MRI late Friday night.

On Saturday, as he recalled the play, Reyes said it all “happened so fast.”

“When I looked up, the base was right in front of me,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. I usually slide headfirst, but I was way too close to go headfirst.

“I heard something pop and was in pain right away.”

It’s a difficult loss for the Jays. Reyes, 29, a four-time All-Star, was batting .395 through 10 games in his first season with Toronto.

“It’s a big blow,” said manager John Gibbons. “He’s one of our top guys and was off to a tremendous start.”

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