Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has been recovering from his 4th DL stint in his career due to a hamstring injury. The injury first happened in spring training but Reyes felt fine to play in the season opener, that is until the very first at-bat of the season when he took himself out of the game. Reyes has since been recovering from the hamstring injury by running on the treadmill and running out on the field, but is still not ready to return to the lineup just yet.
In an interview with Sportsnet’s Arash Madani, Reyes details his recovery process.
“Right now everything so far so good, today was the first time—well yesterday I ran a little bit on the treadmill, but when you run in the field it’s a little bit different. Today I had the opportunity to run on the field fine, so tomorrow we’re going to try to push a little bit more and we try to go from there,” Reyes said. “But today it felt good, a huge step for me going forward, hopefully I can continue to feel that way.”
“Tomorrow we’re going to push a little bit more and after tomorrow we’re going to know when I run the bases. If I run the bases one time and I feel good, hit a double, score from 2nd, stuff like that. If I run the bases that day, I’m going to say just put me in the ball game the next day, whenever they want me to go.”
The 30 year Reyes has coming wiser and has exercised more caution when it comes to dealing with his hamstring injury, learning from the past.
“With hamstrings and stuff, you have to take your time. When you try to rush there’s going to be some problems,” Reyes said. “If you feel good one day, take an extra day. Because through my career I had a lot of problems with my hamstring, when I was young I just tried to play through like that and it took me a long time to come back. But now I handle it with more experience, if I need to take an extra day, I’ll take it.”
Jose Reyes played in just 93 games in his first season with the Blue Jays, and has only played one full injury-free season in the majors over the past 5 (now 6) seasons. And realizes the stigma that has been placed on him by the fans.
“I don’t want to be on the DL, a lot of people talking ‘oh this guy is just on the DL’. I don’t want to be on the DL you know, I want to be on the field because this is what I love to do, playing baseball. But sometimes people have to understand injury is part of the game. Nobody wants to be on the DL.”
Reyes is eligible to come off the 15-day DL next week.