Hurry back, Jose (USAT)
Toronto executive Alex Anthopoulos is considered by many to be the brightest young general manager in the game. As Jeff Spicoli would be the first to attest, Anthopoulos is working with an ultimate set of tools.
Unfortunately, there's no reset button to be found in Toronto's headquarters. The Blue Jays don't have the option of nixing the first two weeks of the season and starting over.
The big YYZ concern into Friday's play was a collection of slumping stars, but the stuff really hit the fan in the middle of the series opener at Kansas City. Franchise shortstop Jose Reyes sprained his left ankle while stealing a base in the top of the sixth inning, and he'll be lost for an extended period of time. The initial timetable guess is 1-3 months (and it certainly could be longer); we'll see what MRI results tell us in a day or two.
No team is well-equipped to handle this sort of injury, of course. The Jays could use rock-pulling Emilio Bonifacio at short, and journeyman Maicer Izturis is another option. Surely Anthopoulos will examine the trade market, see if anything makes sense. But this is the type of loss that leaves a scar on any ball club, be it real life or imaginary.
Get out the legal pad and round up the usual suspects; it's time to go shopping for a new fantasy middle infielder (we'll look at second basemen, too). As per usual, we'll try to hit different ownership levels, provide something for everyone.Read More »from Closing Time: Moving on without Jose Reyes; Justin Masterson teases us again