Jose Reyes leaves game with ankle injury

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays shortstop had to leave the game against the Kansas City Royals after an awkward slide into second base.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hurt his ankle sliding into second base against the Kansas City Royals and left the game on a cart.

Reyes appeared to hurt his left ankle during a steal attempt in the top of the sixth. The shortstop appeared to slide late, which caused him to slide awkwardly. His right ankle slid into the bag normally, but his left ankle rolled in an awkward manner.

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(GIF via Mike Petriello)

Reyes immediately grabbed his left ankle and was in visible pain. The Blue Jays training staff placed a splint around his ankle before carting him off the field.

Toronto will struggle to replace Reyes if he is forced to miss a large amount of playing time. The shortstop was one of they key components in the trade between the Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins that also brought Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto.

Reyes had started the season well, hitting .412/.487/.559 in his first 39 plate appearances.

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