Jose Reyes Begins Running In Recovery From Sprained Ankle

Tony Firriolo/ MLB Photos via Getty Images (TORONTO) --  Jose Reyes is on the road to recovery.

The shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays ran on Friday for the first time since suffering a severely sprained ankle on April 12.

"I just started running a little bit. I'm very happy the way that I performed yesterday...Better than I expected, Reyes said.  "As I said, I'm going to continue to work the hardest I can to be on the field as soon as possible."

The 29-year-old Reyes put pressure on the ankle for the first time since he was injured sliding awkwardly in a game against the Kansas City Royals.

"It was a little bit scary for me," Reyes said of his first time running. "But pain free."

After running the next steps in the recovery process for Reyes include batting practice and fielding ground balls.

He is still not expected to return to the Blue Jays until after the All-Star break.

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