Originally set to return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Monday, one may think that shortstop Jose Reyes has been activated from the 15-day disabled list a day earlier than expected, if one reads these two tweets literally:
@lamelaza_7 even though you are back to being a blue jay.......you will always be my fav bison you're the best!— matthew hague (@mdhague) May 24, 2015
On my way! Back ⚾️ https://t.co/M93nOLFy7Q— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) May 24, 2015
The first tweet came from Bisons first baseman Matt Hague, who has quite a torrid start to the season, hitting .356/.428/.500 after slugging three doubles Saturday in Toledo, leading the International League in batting. Reyes himself had a good game, going 2-for-4 with a couple of RBIs on a single. He was taken out of the game in the bottom of the eight, with Jonathan Diaz coming in as defensive replacement.
Despite what the tweets above say, it is still not certain that Reyes will be back on the roster by Sunday's 1 pm game at the Rogers Centre. According to John Gibbons (via Gregor Chisholm), the plan all along was to have Reyes wrap up his tour of rehab on Saturday and give him a rest day on Sunday--I assume to prevent his going directly from an evening game in Toledo to an afternoon game in Toronto the next day. Reyes might be back in uniform and in the dugout tomorrow, but he eligibility to play is still in question.
Reyes does appear to be ready to play, and with the Blue Jays running out less-than-ideal lineups the past few games and losing one-run heartbreakers, perhaps there is a certain urgency to getting the club's leadoff hitter back in that position as quickly as possible. Throw in the risk that Ryan Goins' ankle may swell up overnight, having Reyes back in Toronto on Sunday is probably a good plan in any case.
Plus he just might partake in some Country Music Day festivities! Yeehaw!
@JoeyBats19 te quiero orejuuuuuuuuu te veo mañana llego la Alegria Al play— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) May 24, 2015
Google Translate gives us "I love morning came orejuuuuuuuuute I see joy to play". I think Google Translate doesn't do a very good job translating elongated words with emojis in them.
He has not, as he isn't on the lineup card for Sunday's game. Jose Bautista gets the day off, Edwin Encarnacion is at DH, and Justin Smoak comes off the bench to play first.
Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot.
Jose Bautista out after getting a cortisone shot. #BlueJays— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 24, 2015