Is there a full moon wreaking havoc on the sports world recently? Zack Greinke buzzes Carlos Quentin, gets charged and breaks his collar bone. Tiger Woods was nearly disqualified from the Masters for an illegal drop on hole 15 (after hitting the flag stick and rolling into the water). Kobe Bryant’s career could be in jeopardy after tearing his Achilles tendon in a game last night.
So thinking that the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays would be spared was probably wishful thinking. Last night the Jays were on the brink of a possible breakout victory against the Kansas City Royals when in the top of the sixth inning Jose Reyes suffered a devastating ankle injury.
Jose Reyes hit a huge two-run single which put the Blue Jays ahead for good and after a great jump on a stolen base attempt the momentum of an awkward late slide into second base caused his ankle to roll underneath his body.
Reyes was writhing in pain and eventually came to tears when trainers were inspecting the ankle. He had to be carted off the field and a collective groan could be heard around Canada from the Blue Jays faithful.
Early reports state the star shortstop could be lost for up to three months. Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal tweeted that worst-case scenario Reyes will be back by the All-Star break. In the meantime Alex Anthopoulos has the unenviable task of replacing probably the most irreplaceable player on the roster.
It appears Maicer Izturis will take over the everyday duties at shortstop when he himself becomes totally healthy. Brett Lawrie’s return is now a huge priority for the Blue Jays and the return to form of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and the entire starting pitching staff will be the difference between a team that rallies around an injured teammate and a team that completely falls out of contention.
One can only hope this injury doesn’t have longer lasting implications for the speed reliant Jose Reyes. A permanent impairment can never be ruled out with such a freakish injury and hopefully the footage of the injury doesn’t speak for the severity.
The Blue Jays are heavily invested in Reyes and if this affects his overall speed and athleticism going forward it would be a huge blow. I’m sure I speak for the entire Blue Jays fan base when I wish Jose Reyes a speedy recovery.