Well, it didn’t take long for the injury bug to settle in on the Toronto Blue Jays. First Casey Janssen hits the disabled list just before Opening Day, and now Jose Reyes is added to the list, according to an official release from the club via Twitter.
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) April 1, 2014
The injury occurred in Reyes’ very first at bat of the season. On a flare to center field, that was caught on a dive by Desmond Jennings, Reyes’ hamstring appeared to grab on him while rounding first base. He ran off the field with no apparent issues, but was immediately lifted in bottom half of the inning, replaced by Ryan Goins at shortstop.
Reyes had recently aggravated the hamstring in spring training, and had missed most of the last week of camp. However, he returned to the line-up for the recent exhibition series in Montreal and was declared healthy for Opening Day. As we noted at the time of the injury, Reyes has a history of hamstring issues, so the Blue Jays are likely being cautious with the injury.
Reyes is set to undergo a MRI on Tuesday, which will further clarify the extent of the injury and the timetable for his return.
In his stead, the Blue Jays have recalled shortstop Jonathan Diaz from Triple-A Buffalo. A 12th round selection of the Blue Jays in 2006, Diaz re-signed with the team this winter. He made his Major League debut with Boston last season, going hitless in just four plate appearances. Known more for his glove, Diaz has managed to make his way up the minor league ladder with a paltry .230 batting average but a solid .358 on-base percentage.
It is somewhat interesting that Munenori Kawasaki was not the player selected here, but one would assume that the Blue Jays felt they would be able to sneak Diaz back through waivers a bit more easily than Kawasaki.