When shortstop Jose Reyes initially suffered his ankle injury earlier this month, the Toronto Blue Jays estimated that he'd miss one to three months of action. While Reyes believes he'll be able to return in June, general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet that he expects the earliest the shortstop will be back is early July.
“He will tell you yes. You know, we told him three months and he told me, ‘I’m going to be back in two.’ I said, ‘Look, if you can be back in two without taking any chances, great.’ But we’re not going to take any chances. Everyone in New York knows what a gamer he is and how much he wants to play. But I think the earliest may be the beginning of July, just to make sure that we do this correctly and we don’t have any setbacks."
Reyes' absence hasn't helped the Blue Jays' cause early on in the season, as they've struggled mightily out of the gates. While there was initially speculation that Toronto could look outside the organization to fill the void left by Reyes' injury, AA said the plan is to make do with Munenori Kawasaki and Maicer Izturis at short.
While Reyes has aspirations of returning from the disabled list sooner than later, Anthopoulos knows that this may not be realistic considering "he's starting spring training all over again.
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