BOSTON – The Toronto Blue Jays are placing Jose Reyes on the disabled list and will purchase the contract of Jonathan Diaz from triple-A Buffalo, the team announced late Monday night.
Reyes has been playing with a cracked left rib suffered during the season’s first series in Baltimore, hitting only right-handed over the past seven games to ease the pain in the area.
He was 1-for-4 in Monday’s 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox, hitting a single, stealing second and scoring in the first before a pair of strikeouts and a 6-3 double-play grounder.
The reasoning for the DL move now wasn’t immediately known although he took several big swings and misses against Joe Kelly’s big-time heat and it’s possible he aggravated the injury. He’s headed to a third straight April DL trip since joining the Blue Jays.
In 16 games this season, he’s batting .250 with two walks, three doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored.
Diaz, a brilliant defender who bats right-handed, gives the Blue Jays the option of a platoon at shortstop with Ryan Goins.
In 16 games with the Bisons, Diaz was batting .178/.222/.315. He played in 23 games with the Blue Jays last year, slashing .158/.256/.184.