Aiiiiieeeeee!

That’s how Little Orphan Annie would scream in the comics, and it’s exactly how I screamed while watching Reyes slide into 2nd base last night. Yes, it seems the baseball gods hate us but since there aren’t results from the MRI as of writing this, saying how bad it is is purely speculation. But it seems that we’ll be without Reyes for at least awhile. I don’t need to tell true fans what a loss this is. Just his smile and attitude alone, forget about his play on the field…

Let’s get this out of the way though… Why was he stealing 2nd base with a four run lead anyhow? I guess he’s our spark plug and the pitching hasn’t exactly been shutdown lately. So I can see why he was doing it. But man, if that was Vernon Wells doing that — we would have vilified him. Clearly the hearts of Blue Jays fans are with Reyes. We certainly love this guy in a way we haven’t felt since Robbie was around. And we have him for years. As for lingering effects of this injury, again, let’s see what the MRI shows.

So let’s talk replacement. Not that he’s ‘replaceable’. I think John Gibbons hit upon the solution in the post-injury innings of the game last night. Move Bautista to 3rd base until Brett Lawrie returns. Then you call up Moises Sierra and put him in RF. And you figure out a middle-infield of Bonifacio and Izturis at 2B and SS respectively. What does this do? Well first of all it puts better defense at 3rd base. We haven’t seen any and it’s not like we haven’t tried everyone else there the last week. This also puts a great arm in RF. I had to endure seeing Rajai Davis’ noodle out there for a game or two last week when Bautista was down. It wasn’t pretty. I love Rajai, but not in right field. And this move also puts some pop in the lineup. I’d like to see what Sierra can do over a month or two in the lineup. He’s got more power than 50% of our lineup and Edwin ain’t hitting much right now. Anyhow, it’s just a thought and apparently the Jays are close to bringing up Munenori Kawasaki from Buffalo. A light-hitting SS that spent a bit of time in the majors last year but most of his career in Japan.

As we know, AA is gonna do what he wants and it’ll probably be completely different than anything we’re thinking. But I’m tired of the McCoy merry go round. Not this year, please.

So now we wait to find out how bad the Reyes injury is. As Tom Petty says, the waaaiiiting is the hardest part. Yah, I’m old. Actually, Tom Petty was before my time though. At least this happened near the beginning of the season. When Tony Fernandez broke his arm in 1987, it was the last part of the season and he, and the team, never recovered. Let’s hope for the best with Reyes. Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid too. I love this guy.

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