Blue Jays SS Reyes has cracked rib, out for weekend series

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has a cracked rib on his left side and will miss this weekend’s series against Atlanta.

Reyes won’t play again until at least Tuesday against Baltimore. Toronto is off Monday.

Reyes believes he got hurt on a check swing last Friday against Baltimore. He said an MRI this week revealed the cracked rib and a strained muscle.

He left Thursday’s game after his first at-bat.

”The doctor told me the crack in the rib is not going to get any worse,” Reyes said. ”What can get worse is the strain.”

Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays hope Reyes can avoid going on the disabled list. The pain is worse when the switch-hitting Reyes bats left-handed. Toronto may see if Reyes can hit exclusively from the right side until he heals.

Ryan Goins and Steve Tolleson will now split time at shortstop. Rookie second baseman Devon Travis will become Toronto’s leadoff hitter.