When the news for Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes was ankle sprain, I was shocked at first. Then I heard how it was a severe sprain that would likely keep the Blue Jays star out for three months and that seemed more like what I saw. That is obviously quite a blow to the Jays but it also presents them with a challenging opportunity. They cannot rely on Reyes but they can get the rest of the team going. This line-up is loaded from top to bottom and honestly has plenty of firepower to make up for the loss of Reyes for a few months.
I don’t mean to say they aren’t better with him. Certainly they are better with Reyes in there but sometimes being without a key component can rally the rest of the guys around the injury. They know they have to play their best and they realize the challenge to still win games is on their shoulders. Such pressure has a tendency to build a 25-man roster into a cohesive team and that is what the Jays need more than anything.
Pitchers need to go out and be determined to give up two less runs to help out the offense. The offense needs to be willing to play small ball and do everything it takes to manufacture enough runs to support their pitcher. Defensively they need to play as good as they have played their entire careers.
No one is happy about the Jays losing Reyes. That is horrible though it could certainly have been worse. As it is, he will be back in time for a big push in the second half of the season. Between now and then it is on the rest of the Blue Jays to get themselves out of the way and play like a cohesive unit to win games. If they can do that they should be within reach of the playoffs when Reyes returns. That, in this unfortunate scenario, could be the best possible result.