The news is in on Jose Reyes’ left ankle. And it’s not good.
According to Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio 1050, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters in Kansas City this afternoon that Reyes is expected to miss three months. This is essentially the worst-case scenario of the timetable presented by Anthopoulos last night.
While a fracture has been ruled out, Reyes is dealing with what is being called a “severe sprain.” He’ll undergo another MRI once the swelling goes down, but the Blue Jays are prepared to get by without him until mid-July.
The Blue Jays will go with the newly-promoted Munenori Kawasaki at shortstop tonight while Emilio Bonifacio will start in right field and Jose Bautista will move back to his former position at third base. Of course, the Bautista move is only temporary, as Brett Lawrie should be ready to return from his rib cage injury soon.
According to MacArthur, Anthopoulos acknowledged again today that he’s looking into trade possibilities at shortstop and is valuing defense over offense.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.