Jose Reyes hampered by mild hamstring inflammation

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hopes to return from a left hamstring injury in a couple of weeks after an MRI Tuesday showed he has mild inflammation.

Shortstop hopeful of return in 2 weeks

Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes missed 66 games last season with a severe left ankle sprain. He hopes his latest ailment, a mildly inflamed hamstring, will only sideline him for two weeks. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

On the disabled list after just one at-bat, Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hopes to return from a left hamstring injury in a couple of weeks.

Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday night, several hours after getting hurt running the bases during an opening 9-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

"It should be enough," Reyes said Tuesday, adding he didn't want to put a definitive date on his return "because with hamstrings you never know."

An MRI Tuesday showed Reyes has mild inflammation of the hamstring. He will rest the leg for several days.

"It is a relief," Reyes said. "That's good news. Just some inflammation there, no damage at all. Just some rest and I should be fine."

Reyes missed several games during the final week of spring training because of the same injury.

"We don't think Reyes is going to be out long," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Reyes was limited to 93 games last season, when he injured his left ankle in Toronto's 10th game and was sidelined until June 26.

Toronto selected the contract of infielder Jonathan Diaz from triple-A Buffalo on Monday night and he started at shortstop on Tuesday.

"He's irreplaceable," Diaz said of Reyes. "I'm just here to contribute."

Diaz, 28, made his major league debut last June 29 against Toronto and appeared in five games for the Boston Red Sox.

The five-foot-nine, 155-pounder was drafted by Toronto in the 12th round of the 2006 amateur draft and has spent all but the 2013 campaign in the Blue Jays organization.


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