Jose Reyes suffers ankle injury sliding into second (Video)
Jose Reyes suffered an ankle injury sliding into second base during the top of the sixth inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, and he is out at least a month, according to the team.
Reyes got an excellent jump on an 0-2 pitch with two outs and had the base stolen so easily it looked like he thought he could go into the bag standing up. He decided to slide at the last second, resulting in his left ankle jamming underneath his body because he did not have enough room to execute a proper slide.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters after the game that Reyes is out at least a month, and possibly three months as a worst-case scenario. The Toronto Star’s Brendan Kennedy says Anthopoulos has already had talks with other GMs about acquiring a potential interim replacement.
Reyes had a two-run single prior to leaving the game, and he had just stolen his fifth base of the season. The shortstop was scorching the ball to start the season and had been the catalyst at the top of the lineup Toronto hoped he would be when they acquired him from the Miami Marlins.
Toronto went all-in over the offseason in an effort to make a playoff push, and the team has started out a disappointing 4-6. The last thing they needed was one of their All-Stars getting hurt.