One of the most heartbreaking images of the 2013 season, or any season for that matter, was a teary-eyed Jose Reyes on the ground at second base after injuring his ankle. That injury forced Reyes to miss three months of action, limiting him to 93 games and 382 at-bats in his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Reyes is already in camp this year, and he says he is healthy and ready to go for this season (quotes from the Toronto Star):
We’re very excited about this year, because last year was a tough year for me and for the whole team…This year, I feel like I’m 100 percent and back to normal. I just can’t wait to go to the field and do what I do best, and help this ballclub get where we need to get.”
In the games he did play Reyes was productive, posting a .296/.353/.427 slash line and stealing 15 bases. The concern will continue to be how his legs hold up playing half of his games on the concrete-esque turf of the Rodgers Centre in Toronto (though he did not sustain his injury last year at home). For now Reyes insists he is moving well, and while he probably won’t be stealing 40 bases again, he can still be a dynamic player if he stays on the field.