The Toronto Blue Jays have been without their All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes since April 12 when he was injured sliding into second base in a game against the Kansas City Royals. Six weeks later and Reyes is almost back to form, as he has been sprinting for the past few days. It looks as though he could be back in the lineup by the middle of June, and that could mean big things for the Jays.
When Reyes went down with his injury he was batting .395 while the Jays were 4-6, and it looked as though he was fitting right in with his new team. Not only was he one of their best players on the field, but he was also the most energetic player on the team and brought a great deal of chemistry in the dugout.
The Jays have since gone 19-25 and sit dead last in the AL East, so obviously the news of the former four-time All- Star taking batting practice and sprinting was welcomed by the organization. Not to take anything away from the play of Munenori Kawasaki who filled in quite nicely in the absence of Reyes, but it will be nice to have someone with a lot of experience down the stretch.
It was announced at the time of the injury that Reyes would be out at least two months, and it looks as though he is right on schedule. He could potentially be back even a bit sooner which is something the Jays could definitely use in this season that has gone horribly wrong.
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