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Reyes Recovery Vital for Blue Jays

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Friday, 14 June 2013 08:19

The Toronto Blue Jays are to recoup any ground in the AL East this seasonIf the Toronto Blue Jays are to recoup any ground in the AL East this season, they need shortstop Jose Reyes back in the infield, an event that took one-step closer to reality after the 30-year-old began rehab from injury this week.

Reyes has been out of action since 12 April when he injured his ankle sliding for second base against Kansas City. The twist looked painful at the time and many MLB betting news outlets expected him to be out for a while, Reyes immediately heading to the 60-day DL.

Thankfully, his recovery has begun sooner than expected and, after a stint of simulation games, Reyes will be sent to the minors to build his match sharpness. The shortstop told The Globe and Mail that, although he is on a 14-game rehab assignment, a return to the majors could come sooner:

“Who knows – five, six, two [games], it depends how I’m feeling,” he said optimistically. “When I start to feel like my swing is good enough to come up, I’ll come up.”

 

Indeed, the Jays need Reyes back if they are to do anything in the division this season. As of Thursday morning, they were 28-36 in the AL East, 11.5 games behind leaders, Boston. Although the odds are slim on them recouping that margin, fans betting MLB World Series are hopeful the team can at least make third by October.

To do this, they need an improved defence and pitching has not been their strong point this season, Toronto recording a total 4.44 ERA – the third worst in the league. But it’s fielding that’s really let the team down and Reyes’ arrival at shortstop would greatly aid a reduction in errors.

Only the Angels and Houston have made more errors in the AL this season, and Toronto’s 43 mistakes have cost them dearly. At bat, Reyes is a proven hitter and has a .292 average over the past three years, which dwarfs shortstop replacement, Munenori Kawasaki (.216), and is further evidence Toronto need their main man back.

 
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