Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has apparently been playing through a shoulder injury for the past month. The result has been an increase in throwing errors in back to back games on Sunday and Monday. He now has eight throwing errors, with his previous career high being nine.
“It’s been long enough,” Reyes said. “One day I feel good, the next day I feel sore, that’s the way it is. Baseball, you’re never going to be perfect, you’re always going to have some soreness in your body. You need to find a way to control that. I feel like I’m not able to finish my throws when I’m throwing to first base. That’s why the ball is running away from first base a little bit.”
Reyes insists that the soreness in his shoulder is not enough to keep him out of the lineup, however if these errors continue, he may need to rethink this.
In terms of batting, Reyes says that it is bothersome to some extent, but only occasionally. Reyes is batting just .227/.244/.273 over his past 10 games. It seems that the shoulder is more of a problem on defense, however it has taken a toll on his batting as well.
He is hopeful that the All-Star break will give him some much needed rest and that the shoulder will be better once the four day break is over. “It’s going to be good, no doubt, not just for us, for everybody,” said Reyes. “Four days off, specifically in the ballpark we play in, with that turf, those days off are going to be good for your body. Hopefully we come out strong in the second half.”