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Jays' Reyes lands on DL after a half-inning

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The season wasn't one inning old before frustration set in for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Veteran shortstop Jose Reyes pulled up with left hamstring tightness on literally the first play of the 2014 season. Reyes hit a liner to center field that was tracked down for the game's first out, and the 30-year-old was done for the day, replaced by Ryan Goins.

Reyes was due for his second MRI exam on the same hamstring in as many weeks. The Blue Jays didn't wait to see the results, though, placing him on the 15-day disabled list.

"He irritated the same spot (that he hurt in spring training), so that's a concern," manager John Gibbons said.

The latest injury follows a season in which Reyes played only 93 games due to health problems. Reyes sat out a few exhibition games after hurting the hamstring March 22, but he returned to action in the final weekend of spring training.

"I thought I could play through it," Reyes said. "Sometimes you're not 100 percent and you feel like you can play, but that wasn't the case."

Reyes' health is a major concern for a Jays lineup that needs him productive and quick on the basepaths to set up their batting order.

While Goins took over at shortstop Monday, newly promoted infielder Jonathan Diaz is more likely to see regular action at shortstop during Reyes' action, Gibbons said. The manager wants to keep Goins primarily at second base.

Diaz, 28, broke into the majors with the Boston Red Sox last year, going 0-for-4 in five games.

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