An undisclosed shoulder injury that has hampered shortstop Jose Reyes over the last month is the cause for his surge in throwing errors. Reyes told Shi Davidi of Toronto SportsNet that the injury is not severe enough to keep him out of the lineup but that he feels soreness on some days.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know,” Reyes told Sportsnet on Tuesday when asked what triggered the problems. “It’s been long enough. 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,” he explained. “That’s why the ball is running away from first base a little bit.”
Reyes committed throwing errors in consecutive games Sunday and Monday, raising his total to eight this season, one shy of the career-high nine he committed in 2006. The four-time All-Star is batting .267 with seven home runs and 26 RBI this season.
Several other Blue Jays are currently battling injuries, including outfielder Jose Bautista (hamstring) and designated hitter Adam Lind (foot), while third-basemen Brett Lawrie (finger) and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (quadriceps) are on the 15-day disabled list.
Toronto entered Wednesday two and a half games behind Baltimore in the American League East and two games back in the Wild Card race.
-- Chris Johnson