Lucky for Brandon Morrow, on what should have been a day focused on yet another subpar performance on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays‘ right-hander, all eyes and ears were pointed towards the MRI taking place on Jose Reyes‘ left hamstring. Although Reyes has since been diagnosed with a mild strain and is currently day-to-day, this could potentially spell huge trouble for the Jays heading into the regular season.
At first glance, finding out that one of your team’s most important players is day-to-day doesn’t exactly sound that bad to your average baseball fan. However, for those residing in Toronto, they know all too well that they should take Reyes’ apparent diagnoses with a grain of salt. After missing 69 games in his first season as a member of the Jays in 2013, Reyes could potentially find himself on the 15-day disabled list, or perhaps worse, any day now.
We are all aware that Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos doesn’t like to talk. However, when he does, we ask ourselves if we should we really invest any truth into what he is saying. News on the actual severity of Reyes’ hamstring will be hard to come by, as Anthopoulos most likely does’t want to upset anyone too quickly. With Opening Day now less than a week away for the Jays, Anthopoulos doesn’t want to be faced with any more pressure than he currently finds himself entertaining already. After all, this is a very important time of the year for ticket sales, and Reyes’ presence would be greatly appreciated by many.
Losing Reyes for any sort of extended period of time would be a huge blow to the plans of the Jays’ bounce-back campaign. Reyes is far too important of a player on this roster for the Jays to replace in proper fashion, especially at the very beginning of the season. If faced with a similar situation as the one that surrounded Reyes’ injured ankle last season, the Jays would most likely find it hard pressed to be able to recover from any sort of hole they may play themselves into throughout the first month or two of the season. That’s exactly how much of this team rides on the presence of their All-Star shortstop.