Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will probably not return for three months after spraining his ankle sliding into second base against the Kansas City Royals two days ago, the team said.
Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being carted off the field in the sixth inning of the Blue Jays’ 8-4 victory over the Royals.
“I heard something pop in my ankle,” Reyes told reporters yesterday before the Blue Jays game. “I knew from the beginning that something was not right. I was in pain right away.”
Reyes, who sustained a similar ankle injury in 2003 when he was with the New York Mets as he tried to break up a double play, said he attempted to steal second feet first because he thought he was too close to the base to go head first.
“I never go feet first,” Reyes said. “Things happen so quickly in a baseball game, you don’t think about it, you just do it.”
Reyes was hitting .395 in 38 at-bats for the Blue Jays this season.
Reyes was part of a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins on Nov. 19 that also brought All-Stars Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and John Buck to Toronto.