Jose Reyes expected to be sidelined three months after severely spraining left ankle (video)

The Toronto Blue Jays will be without Jose Reyes for an extended period of time after the all-star shortstop was carted off the field with a severely sprained left ankle during their 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Alex Anthopoulos announced on Saturday afternoon that Jose Reyes is expected to be sidelined three months with the injury. He also noted that Reyes did not suffer any fractures, but another MRI will be required once the swelling goes down.

Reyes suffered the injury on an awkward slide into second base on a successful steal attempt. He got an incredible jump on the play, which unfortunately may have contributed to the injury. A great throw by Royals catcher Salvador Perez caused Reyes to go into a dangerously late slide that jammed the ankle awkwardly into the bag and with a lot of force.

Reyes immediately grabbed for the ankle and appeared to be in excruciating pain as Toronto's athletic training staff swarmed the field. At one point, Reyes could be seen with tears filling his eyes as the pain and perhaps the reality of the situation set in. It wasn't a pretty sight, and the initial fear was he'd miss anywhere from one to three months.

Unfortunately, it'll be the on the longer side, and my feeling is it could be longer based on the need for additional testing and just how bad it looked.

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As for how for the Blue Jays will rebound from this. Had timetable been on the short side, Toronto may have been content rolling with Maicer Izturis as their stopgap at short. Now that it's proven to be a longer term issue, however, there's already word that Anthopoulos will explore minor trades to give the team more options.

Time will tell what those options might be, but for now, this is a tough blow for a Blue Jays team that hasn't caught a lot of positive breaks early in the season.

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