Ambiorix Concepcion called his buddy Jose Reyes over to view an MLB.com video on Monday afternoon. There Reyes, currently the second most popular shortstop in the Blue Jays system, looked at his April 12 slide into second base in Kansas City. “Wow, it looked bad,” said Reyes, before the Buffalo Bisons lost 7-1. The post-game clubhouse was a flurry of activity as players feasted on a meal supplied by Reyes and hurried to sleep fast for a 5 a.m. Buffalo-Atlanta flight for a series against the Gwinnett Braves in Georgia. Any change from before the game? “I spoke to Alex (Anthopoulos, general manager) after by phone,” said Reyes with his impish grin. Then, his cell, which only leaves his hand when he’s at shortstop, rang. “Hello Mike?” Reyes said. Mike Shaw is the Jays travelling secretary who books flights amongst his other large portfolio. Then, Buffalo trainer Voon Chong, who doubles as the Bisons travelling secretary, was on the phone. “I’m going somewhere,” said the man with the twinkling eyes. Prior to the game the plan was for Reyes to fly to Boston Tuesday, play for double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday and then join the Jays in Boston. So are you going to Tampa? “We’ll see, I have to make another phone call,” giggled Reyes. After two hits and an RBI single in his seventh rehab game, this one in front of GM Anthopoulos and assistant GM Andrew Tinninsh, it is now for sure the most exciting position player in the Jays system -- including Munenori Kawasaki -- will return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays. When Reyes was injured there were concerns his season was over. News was better a few days later (“back by the all-star break”). He worked hard rehabbing at extended spring, class-A Dunedin and at Buffalo.
Blue Jays' Reyes will rejoin team in Tampa
Toronto Sun | Jun 25