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Blue Jays' Jose Reyes won't need surgery on sprained ankle

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will not need surgery on his severely sprained ankle, but he will still miss the next three months.

Toronto shortstop slid awkwardly into 2nd base on Friday in Kansas City

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is batting .395 with one homer and five RBIs this season. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes won't need surgery on his sprained left ankle but is still expected to miss three months, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

Reyes visited a specialist in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday who confirmed the diagnosis of a severely sprained ankle. Reyes was injured when he slid awkwardly into second base in Friday's game at Kansas City.

Anthopoulos said Reyes will be in a cast for two weeks and then in a walking boot for an additional two weeks, meaning he won't be ready to begin rehab activity for at least a month.

Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The Blue Jays called up shortstop Munenori Kawasaki from triple-A Buffalo to replace him on the roster.

Reyes was acquired from the Miami Marlins in a 12-player trade last November. The four-time all-star is batting .395 with one homer and five RBIs this season.

Also Monday, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was not in the starting lineup for the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Bautista is fighting a cold and is resting a sore back. Anthopoulos said the veteran right-fielder will likely return to the lineup Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays are in the middle of a 20-day stretch without an off day.

Bautista missed a few games earlier this month with an ankle injury. He has three homers and six RBIs in nine games this year.

With files from The Associated Press