Toronto Blue Jays: Time to worry about Jose Reyes?


Jose Reyed left yesterday’s game after only one at-bat. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

A new MLB season, a new injury to Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, in the first inning of the Blue Jays season opener versus the Tampa Bays, Jose Reyes exited the game with “hamstring tightness”. Now, is hamstring tightness a serious injury? No, not necessarily, but with Jose Reyes recent injury history, it may be something to look into. It was later announced on Monday that Reyes will be a taking a trip to the 15-day disabled list, something he’s been familiar with over the past year.

In 2013, Reyes missed 70 games, which included a trip to the 60-day disabled list. The injury that mainly hobbled Reyes was a bad ankle, and for a player known for his speed, that is the last place they want to be injured. After trading away a boatload of players and prospects for Jose just over a year ago, he’s given them little value back. With another early season injury, it could turn into another down year for the Dominican star.

From a Toronto perspective, is it time to start to worry about Jose Reyes? Maybe not, at least not yet. Before coming to Toronto, the 30-year old played in at least 153 games five seasons with both the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins, but does have histories of a torn hamstring and which he suffered in 2009, limiting him to 36 games played.

Feb 24, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays

Reyes, who signed a 6-year deal worth $106 million dollars in 2011, is a four-time All-Star, but has yet to play up to his full potential, at least not in Toronto.

The Blue Jays came into last season with high hopes, after being big spenders in the offseason, but injuries derailed their campaign, and they can only hope that this Reyes injury is only minor, and it doesn’t become the theme yet again for their season.

Shawn McFarland is an MLB staff writer for

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