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article imageBlue Jays manager Gibbons on Reyes injury: 'It's a nightmare'

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 13, 2013 in Sports
Toronto - John Gibbons is just 10 games into his second stint as Toronto Blue Jays manager and he has already encountered a nightmare. Not in the form of poor play, though the team is off to a slow start, but in the form of an injury to star shortstop Jose Reyes.
The 29-year-old Reyes was hurt when sliding into second base on a successful steal in the sixth in a game in Kansas City Friday night. The slide itself looked awkward and is being called a sprain; the team has said Reyes could be out a month or longer; GM Alex Antopoulous told T.O. media that it could be longer, much longer; he had an MRI at a Kansas City hospital but no word on when test results will be available.
Jose Reyes a big part of Blue Jays
Reyes was part of the blockbuster deal with the Florida Marlins this past summer and it was hoped he would give the Blue Jays the kind of star power at shortstop they have not had since the days of Tony Fernandez. Though early in the season, he was following through on that expectation, hitting .399 (he has a 9 game hitting streak going), driving in runs and playing stellar defence. Gibbons is going to miss being able to pen in Reyes' name on a line-up card.
"He felt something pop," said Gibbons. "It's a nightmare. He's a big part of this team, in a lot of ways the face of this team, we've got to deal with it. The train keeps moving, the game keeps going on. You've got to regroup and pick up the slack, but that definitely won't be easy."
Blue Jays looking to find replacement
Meanwhile Anthopoulos is already considering what his next move might be to replace the guy that was consistently playing great baseball. The Jays, now 4-6 after beating the Royals 8-4 in the game, are going to need a capable replacement or could face a even more difficult task trying to get out of their early-season doldrums.
"Honestly, your reaction is you start thinking 'Okay, what are our options, who can we call up, who can we get here?'" Anthopoulos told media. "Already starting to look at players outside the organization, already actually reached out to some GMs for small trades, things like that. It's part of the game, you never want to see it, but at the same time you've been through it enough times (to know) it's going to happen over the course of the season."
It is going to happen but it would have been nice if it had not happened to Reyes.
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