Reyes activated from DL, makes presence felt

Shortstop had been sidelined while recovering from cracked left rib

Reyes activated from DL, makes presence felt

TORONTO -- Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with a double in his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Monday night after missing almost a month because of a cracked left rib.

Reyes made his presence felt right away with a double in his first at-bat. He came around to score and provided a spark at the top of the lineup during Toronto's 6-0 victory over the White Sox.

The 31-year-old Reyes appeared in three games for Triple-A Buffalo prior to making his return. He went 4-for-11 with the Bisons and while Monday's game was a positive first step, Reyes said it will probably be a couple of more days before he's back to normal.

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"I need to get comfortable swinging the bat hard," said Reyes, whose spot on the 25-man roster became available when the club optioned Munenori Kawasaki to the Minors. "That's maybe going to take a few games ... but the most important thing is that it's pain free. It's all good right now, but like I said, it's going to take some time to get my confidence swinging all out."

When Reyes hit the DL on April 27, he was feeling too much pain to hit from the left side of the plate. He didn't appear to have those type of issues from the right side, or in the field, but it was still enough to force him out of action for an extended period of time.

Reyes did begin hitting from the left side a week before his rehab stint in Buffalo, but he was taking a cautious approach. He was hesitant to fully extend on his swing, but as the days went on, Reyes became more and more comfortable.

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His time in Buffalo was designed to make sure he would be able to play without limitations and also improve his timing at the plate. When listening to Reyes talk about his situation, it's clear that there is still some hesitation on his part, but not nearly as much as there was a week ago.

"It's OK, I've been swinging the bat for like two weeks now, at least BP-ing and stuff like that," Reyes said. "The more ABs I take, the more comfortable I'm going to feel. I'm not going to promise anything like I'm going to go 5-for-5 out of the gate, I hope so, but it's going to take a little bit of time. I feel very comfortable about it. I'll be working on my swing, too."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.