Jose Reyes has not had the best year thus far.
The 30-year-old was the centerpiece of a monster trade between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. With his speed on the base paths and his ability to hit for average, Reyes was supposed to be just the piece the team needed to contend for a title in the hotly contested AL East.
And while this may still be the case next season, Reyes’ ability to help the Blue Jays in 2013 has been limited. He managed to play in just over a week’s worth of games before he slid awkwardly into second base during a game in the season’s first month. Reyes limped off the field, and it was revealed after the game that he had a pretty bad ankle sprain that would cause him to miss at least a few months.
Reyes rehabbed his ankle but his recovery took a step back when he fouled a ball off his shin. It pushed his timetable for return back a few weeks. It wasn’t until the end of June that Reyes made his much anticipated return. As could be expected, he struggled to get back his swing.
By the time July rolled around however, Reyes was playing just like his old self.
In the month, he has recorded a hit in all but two games and currently has an average of .328 on the season. To this point, the power and production has been slow to come, but Reyes was getting hot and starting to put together what could be a promising season individually. He even stole four bases.
Although, after what happened in Sunday’s game, those may be the only bases he steals this season.
Reyes was taking a customary lead off first base when the pitcher, ironically with the last name of “Archer,” decided to target Reyes and attempt to pick him off. What happened instead, though, is something no baseball player and no man in general, as they can attest, would ever want to happen.
Yes, Reyes was hit straight in the groin with the throw, as improbable as it may have been.
He is not the first baseball player to be hit in the “family jewels” when a pickoff play went wrong. Carl Crawford had it happen to him back in 2010.
So while Reyes’ pride may be a little banged up, he stayed in the game and seemed no worse for the wear. Physically he seems to be okay.
At this point, one can just hope that unlike Crawford, Reyes, being a base stealer, had the foresight to wear a cup.