Jose Reyes Injury: Updates on Blue Jays Star's Hamstring and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 31, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, April 19

The Indians' official Twitter feed reports that Reyes is returning on Saturday:

Updates from Friday, April 18

Gregor Chisholm of has the latest on Reyes:

Updates from Thursday, April 17

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star has the latest on Reyes' planned return:

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star provides an update on how Jose Reyes is progressing and when he'll return to the Blue Jays big league roster:

Updates from Saturday, April 12

The National Post's John Lott reports Reyes is ready for his rehab assignment:

Updates from Friday, April 11

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi has an update on Reyes:

Updates from Tuesday, April 1

Gregory Chisholm of provides an update on Jose Reyes' status:

Chisholm also passes along Reyes' thoughts:

Original Text:

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes exited the team's Opening Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in the first inning with a left hamstring injury.    

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star provided the details on Reyes' condition:

Gregor Chisholm of provided an update after the Blue Jays' 9-2 loss:

The team's official Twitter account later confirmed Reyes is heading to the DL:

ESPN's Jayson Stark offered his quick take on the situation:

This is a bad sign for Toronto, because an MRI last Monday revealed Reyes had a mild hamstring strain in spring training, per Chisholm. However, the All-Star evidently felt fit enough to give it a go in the 2014 MLB season opener despite expressing concern following the MRI.

"It's about the same; it's a little bit better, but there's still some tightness there," said Reyes, per Chisholm. "You don't want to take a risk with a hamstring. When you feel something, you have to back off a little bit because that's a tricky injury."

The Blue Jays acquired Reyes in a trade last offseason and were expected to be World Series contenders in 2013. That never came to fruition, and injury issues forced Reyes to miss significant time, as he played just 93 games last season.

Losing Reyes in the leadoff spot as a hitter is bad enough, not to mention the range he has to cover a ton of ground in the infield. With his speed, Reyes is always a threat to steal bases, stretch routine singles into doubles and score with more ease than most.

There is no one on Toronto that can make up what Reyes brings to the table, and since his hamstring is the driving force behind his elite speed and defensive agility, the recurring issue makes his status moving forward all the more tenuous. The hope is that someone of Reyes' talent and ability won't miss too much time, as the Blue Jays will have their hands full trying to keep up in the American League East without him.

Falling behind in the division this early versus the Rays and losing Reyes in the process is an ominous sign for a franchise aiming to bounce back from 2013's disappointment. Ryan Goins will have to elevate his play and step up in Reyes' absence—however long it may be.