Jose Reyes and the Toronto Blue Jays want to be as sure as they can about the All-Star shortstop's timeline for return. So Reyes went to North Carolina to see a foot/ankle specialist for a second opinion on his diagnosis and prognosis. Unfortunately, the timeline remains the same.
According to Evan Peaslee of MLB.com, the ankle specialist visited by Reyes confirmed the severe sprain and that Reyes would be out for three months. The specialist did also confirm that Reyes will not need surgery. Had surgery been required - if there were a tear to the ligaments in the ankle - Reyes would be out for much longer than three months, so the news was not all bad.
Reyes will spend two weeks in a cast, then he will spend two weeks in a walking boot. After that, he can begin rehab that includes baseball activities. In the meantime, the Blue Jays are working on a plan to help offset the loss of Reyes' glove and production.
Reyes hit .287/.347/.433 with 40 stolen bases last season. He's a run-scoring threat, a distraction on the base paths, and an above average shortstop. That's difficult production to replace, but the Blue Jays will do their best to do so. In his career, Reyes is a .292/.343/.440 hitter. He is a four-time All-Star.
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