There are a handful of things that are written in stone each and every fantasy baseball season. Miguel Cabrera will hit over 30 home runs. Cliff Lee will throw another 200-plus innings.
And of course, Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes ends up on the disabled list.
Reyes has lived on the disabled list throughout his career. He has been on the shelf nine times, including five different times for a hamstring injury. It has almost become a guarantee that he will hit the shelf at some point.
Shockingly, though, the shortstop ended up on the DL this season after playing only one game. The oft-injured stopgap left Toronto’s season-opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning with a leg injury. It came out afterwards that it was a hamstring injury and a MRI revealed that he had some serious inflammation in the hammy.
Reyes was slowed down this spring by the hamstring injury and he wasn’t going to play in the opener originally. Unfortunately, he tried to push it and suffered an even larger setback. He will now be placed on the 15-day DL, but there is still not official timetable for his return, so he could end up being out longer than 15 days.
Reyes will still be a fantasy starter when he finally returns, but the shortstop’s propensity to get injured will require his owners to have an extra shortstop at all times.