Bad news here for the Blue Jays, as shortstop Jose Reyes was forced to leave tonight’s game against the Rays after the first inning due to soreness in his left rib area.
Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com notes that Reyes has been trying to play through an oblique injury of late. That usually doesn’t end well. He was “very frustrated” after leaving the game and slammed his helmet before going into the clubhouse, so one wonders if a trip to the disabled list could be next.
Reyes was limited to 93 games in 2013, but he managed to stay mostly healthy last season while batting .287/.328/.398 with nine home runs, 51 RBI, and 30 stolen bases over 143 games. The 31-year-old is hitting .324 (12-for-37) through 10 games this season.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.