TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays placed star shortstop Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ankle Saturday. The team said he will likely be out until the All-Star break.
Ten games into his 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.
A four-time All-Star, Reyes was carted off the field.
“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.
The Blue Jays selected the contract of shortstop Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.
Cespedes goes on DL with strained hand muscle: The Oakland Athletics placed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 15-day DL with a strained muscle in his left hand after he landed awkwardly in a tumbling slide Friday night.
Cespedes had an MRI on Saturday morning. It showed no structural damage, and manager Bob Melvin said no surgery will be needed. He hopes Cespedes will return after the minimum time on the DL.
Cespedes strained a different muscle in the same hand last year. He was batting .200 with three home runs and seven RBIs playing in the first 11 games of the season. After beginning the year 3-for-25 (.120), Cespedes hit 5-for-15 (.333) over his past four games. But he was 0 for 2 against the Tigers on Friday after getting a hit in each of his eight games facing Detroit last season.
Last season as a rookie, the Cuban defector batted .292 with 23 home runs and 82 RBIs in 129 games, finishing runner-up to the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout for AL Rookie of the Year. He also hit 25 doubles and five triples while striking out 102 times.
The A’s recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to fill Cespedes’ roster spot. Taylor was hitting .410 with three home runs, five doubles, 11 RBIs and six multihit performances in nine games with the River Cats.
closer Fujikawa hits DL: The Chicago Cubs put closer Kyuji Fujikawa on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm and called up reliever Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa.
Shawn Camp and James Russell are possible closers for the Cubs (4-6). Manager Dale Sveum said he won’t use Carlos Marmol, who has a 12.27 ERA.
Fujikawa (1-0, 12.46 ERA) said he felt discomfort in his forearm the past couple of days, but considers it a short-term injury. He said the injury has sidelined him for about 10 days in the past.
Chicago led 2-0 heading into the ninth, but Fujikawa allowed three runs and three hits before the Cubs rallied for a 4-3 victory Friday over the San Francisco Giants.
Dolis is 2-4 with a 6.18 ERA in 39.1 career innings in the majors.
MRI on Stanton’s shoulder shows no damage: The Miami Marlins said star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has a bruised left shoulder that does not require a trip to the disabled list.
Stanton had an MRI Saturday morning after complaining of discomfort in the shoulder and missing Friday night’s game against the Phillies. The test showed no structural damage, and he’s day to day.
Stanton is off to a terrible start. He is hitting .167 without an RBI. He said he thinks he was hurt trying for a diving catch in the fourth inning of a game April 6 game at the New York Mets.
Aybar, Jepsen on DL: The Los Angeles Angels have placed right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen and shortstop Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list.
The move with Aybar is retroactive to April 10. He has missed the past four games because of a bruised left heel.
Jepsen is sidelined because of a strained triceps. He last pitched Thursday night. The six-year veteran has faced 17 batters and allowed four runs and two homers in 3.2 innings.
Outfielder J.B. Shuck was recalled from Triple-A Sale Lake before Saturday night’s game against the Houston Astros and left-hander Michael Roth was promoted from Double-A Arkansas.
Shuck rejoined the big club one day after he was optioned out to make room on the roster for infielder Luis Jimenez, and batted leadoff on Saturday.