Everyone can relax for now as an MRI has revealed a “mild” hamstring strain to Jose Reyes’ left leg. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Reyes left Saturday’s exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers with tightness in his upper leg. Both Reyes and manager John Gibbons didn’t seem too concerned, suggesting the move was precautionary. Reyes did say today, however, that the injury can be “tricky.”
Given Reyes’ history with injuries, as well as the way the Toronto Blue Jays have been plagued over the past couple years, the concern from fans is valid.
Reyes missed a good early chunk of the season last year after an awkward slide in April injured his ankle.
Reyes has also had hamstring issues in the past. In 2004, a right hamstring strain put Reyes out from mid-March until mid-June. In 2009, Reyes had a tear in his right hamstring tendon, causing him to have off-season surgery to clear scar tissue. And in 2011, a left hamstring issue sidelined him for almost a month.
Even though the injury is deemed mild, given his history there may be a chance he misses opening day as the staff ensures he is 100%.
Should Reyes not be in the opening day lineup, maybe we could see a little more Munenori Kawasaki, who was sent off to the minors today.