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Reyes likely out until All-Star break

04/13/2013 10:32 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Trainers help Jose Reyes off the field at Kauffman Stadium after the shortstop sprained his ankle in the sixth inning on Friday.(AP)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes likely will be sidelined until the All-Star break because of a severely sprained left ankle.

Ten games into his Toronto Blue Jays career, Reyes was injured during an awkward slide into second base during Friday night's 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.

''It is frustrating. I love baseball so much,'' Reyes said Saturday. ''I love to be with my teammates on the field and helping my ballclub. Now I know I'm not going to be there for a little while. It's kind of disappointing for me. I've been through some injuries in my career. I don't like that. Injuries are part of the game and I have to deal with it.''

A four-time All-Star, Reyes was carted off the field Friday and placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

''A MRI came back, no fracture, but it's a severe sprain,'' Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. ''Right now, it looks like it will be three months, and that's just getting to the point that he's back in a big league game. It could be six-to-eight week of rest and rehab.''

Reyes is hitting .395 and led the major leagues with five stolen bases. He was on crutches in the Blue Jays clubhouse.

''We'll wait for swelling to subside, and probably in five-to-six days get another MRI just to make sure there isn't anything they missed,'' Anthopoulos said. ''The biggest thing is there is going to be no surgery at this point. The next MRI will confirm all of that. We're not really out of the woods entirely, but again off of what the doctors have said, they feel pretty confident they have a pretty good read on it.''

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