MacArthur: Blue Jays' Reyes nearing return from injury

Scott MacArthur
4/11/2014 6:56:31 PM
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BALTIMORE – Injured shortstop Jose Reyes continues to make progress toward a return to the Blue Jays' lineup.

Reyes, out since opening day with a strained left hamstring, ran sprints in the outfield in Baltimore and then along the perimeter of the infield dirt on Friday afternoon.

So, how's Reyes feeling?

"Good," he said. "This is the first time that I've run like that in a little while. I feel good. Hopefully, (on Saturday) I run the bases a little bit and see how I feel after that."

Reyes has a history of hamstring problems but, until this spring, nothing recent. While with the Mets, he missed most of 2009 with a torn right hamstring and then in 2011 spent two different stints on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

"It's still a little bit in my mind," said Reyes. "When you have a hamstring injury it's going to be in your mind for a little while but after you do your first full sprints everything is going to come back."

If Reyes wakes up on Saturday feeling good, he'll run the bases before the game. If he clears that hurdle, a minor league rehabilitation assignment will be scheduled.

"He'll head out in the next few days," said manager John Gibbons.

The Blue Jays haven't yet decided whether Reyes will play at Triple-A Buffalo or be shipped down to Single-A Dunedin. Mother Nature will have her say.

"If the weather's going to turn to crap in Buffalo, you don't want to send him there," said Gibbons.

Reyes is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, when the Blue Jays are scheduled to play the second game of a three-game set against the Twins in Minneapolis.

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