Ugh. Start the irrational panic wagon and the insufferably dumb kvetching about the Jays not always being forthcoming about injuries!
Buck Martinez was on the Fan 590 with Jeff Blair this morning saying that Jose Reyes was walking around the clubhouse looking healthy enough, and not hobbled, despite leaving Saturday’s Grapefruit League game early with tightness in his hamstring. Over the weekend, according to several reports, including one from John Lott of the National Post, John Gibbons told reporters that his level of concern was “zero right now — today,” adding, however, that “If he hasn’t played a week from now, then we’ve got a lot of concern.”
And then this:
For those unfamiliar, hamstring issues have plagued Reyes’s career. According to the injury summary on his Baseball Prospectus page, problems with his left hamstring caused him to miss 29 games in two separate DL stints in 2011, two games in 2008, as he dealt played through the lingering tightness, and he’s also had a host of other issues with that leg: last year’s severe ankle sprain, as well as an ankle sprain in 2003, and a stress fracture in his tibia in 2004.
The story of his right hamstring isn’t a whole lot better, either.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star tweets that Gibbons continues to say today that he doesn’t feel the injury was serious, and that the MRI is just precautionary.
Reyes himself adds, via two tweets from Gregor Chisholm: “I’m not concerned. I just want to make sure everything is alright. I have to find out what it is. We’ll see. Right now we’re taking it day by day. I’m going to get an MRI this afternoon to have a better idea.”
That certainly does make sense, especially given that starting Friday the Jays are scheduled to play twelve straight games on shitty turf (two in Montreal, four in Tampa, and then six in the first homestand of the year), which obviously might prove even harder on a wonky leg, and which… ugh.
My gut, for some reason, says that he’ll be fine, but man… thoughts of beginning the season with Ryan Goins sliding over to shortstop and Maicer Izturis playing second — as we’re told will be the setup in the event of a Reyes injury — are just a depressing reminder of the thin veneer of depth this club currently is attempting to hide behind. Shit, playing with those two up the middle for any part of a season in which championship aspirations anything but fucking hilarious is just… ugh.