Blue Jays' Jose Reyes carted off with serious injury in win over Kansas City

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (L) reacts to the pain after hurting his ankle while trying...

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (L) reacts to the pain after hurting his ankle while trying to steal second as third base coach Luis Rivera comes to help in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri April 12, 2013. (REUTERS)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

KANSAS CITY - The Blue Jays' wobbly start took a grim turn Friday night when an ankle injury drove shortstop Jose Reyes from the game.

Reyes, attempting to steal second in the sixth inning in what turned out to be an 8-4 victory over Kansas City, rolled his left ankle on his trailing leg as he made an awkward slide into second. The Jays shortstop was writhing in agony after the slide and after several minutes was taken from the field on a cart.

The Jays announced he had suffered a left ankle sprain and was taken to hospital for a MRI.

"It's a nightmare, he's a big part of this team," manager John Gibbons said. "He's the face of this team in a lot of ways. We've got to deal with it, the train keeps moving, the game keeps going on. We've got to pick up the slack."

Reyes was one of general manager Alex Anthopoulos' prized acquisitions in the off-season megadeal with the Miami Marlins.



"There's a chance where it could be a month, it could be three months," Anthopoulos said of how long he expects Reyes to be out. "I think that's going to be the range. If it's the good news you're looking at four weeks, the other scenario would be three months and if something unexpected comes up you could be looking at more than that."

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