HOUSTON -- Jose Reyes survived a major scare in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Astros when he avoided a potentially serious injury while sliding into second base.
Reyes hit a sharp liner into right-center field during the first inning and tried to stretch a single into a double. He beat the throw, but his right shoulder collided with the leg of Marwin Gonzalez during the head-first slide.
The impact resulted in a lot of pain and Reyes took his right arm off the bag which resulted in the out. The far greater concern was Reyes' health especially considering he has been battling shoulder problems for most of the season.
"It was a little bit scary when it first happened, but after I got up, I knew everything was going to be fine," Reyes said. "I just had to take my black necklace off and put it in my locker because that scratched me a little bit in my collarbone. Other than that, everything was fine."
Reyes' shoulder issue dates to the past couple of months. He received cortisone shots to deal with the discomfort, but he hasn't missed a game because of the lingering injury.
The shoulder also appears to have improved over the past couple of weeks. The All-Star break provided some much-needed rest and Reyes' throws across the diamond from shortstop have been noticeably stronger in the past couple of weeks.
It didn't take long for the Astros to test Reyes' wonky shoulder after the incident at second. In the bottom of the first inning, Houston's Jose Altuve hit a groundball up the middle that Reyes fielded before turning and making an accurate throw to first.
"It's OK, good enough to be in the field," Reyes said. "It's August. We're competing right now to make the playoffs, so no matter how sore it's going to be, I'll try to be there every single day helping my ballclub win a lot of ballgames."