Blue Jays place Jose Reyes on 15-day DL with cracked rib

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked rib, according to a team announcement.

The club also announced it would purchase the contract of shortstop Jonathan Diaz, who will join the Blue Jays in time for Tuesday’s game.

Reyes, 31, is a switch-hitter and was playing through the cracked rib and a slight muscle strain in his left side, suffered on a swing in the first inning of Toronto’s April 10 game in Baltimore.

Reyes went 1 for 4 in Monday’s loss, and was 3 for his last 24. He is batting .250/.266/.300 with 7 RBI’s so far this season.

Reyes joins catcher Dioner Navarro and infielder Maicer Izturis on the 15-day DL, and pitcher Marcus Stroman on the 60-day DL.

Diaz, 30, is a light-hitting middle infielder known for playing exceptional defense. He’s hitting .190 for Triple-A Buffalo this season.

Utility player Ryan Goins made his third start at shortstop on Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, replacing Jose Reyes.

Goins, 27, is batting .238/.304/.238 with 3 RBI’s in eight games.

While manager John Gibbons hasn’t revealed his plan, it would be safe to assume Goins and Diaz will platoon at shortstop in Reyes’ absence with Goins going against right-handed pitching and Diaz against left-handed pitching.

The Jays are on a four-game losing streak and in last place in the AL East with a 9-11 record, three games behind the first-place Yankees.

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