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Reyes given day to rest after 19-inning effort

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SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays' 19-inning marathon victory over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon took its toll on everyone, but manager John Gibbons wants to make sure it doesn't cause any long-term issues with shortstop Jose Reyes.

Reyes was given the day off Monday night in Seattle after he played all 19 innings on AstroTurf the day before. Infielder Munenori Kawasaki got a rare start at shortstop in Reyes' absence.

Toronto has been monitoring the health of Reyes' hamstrings and shoulder all season, but this decision didn't have anything to do with an injury. It was all about preventing one.

"I think he needs a day off," Gibbons said prior to the game. "He's a little beat up, 19 innings. He's not real happy about it, but I think he needs it. ... We need him strong. Like I said, he's not real happy about it, but it's an executive decision."

Reyes had four hits and drove in the tying run during the ninth inning of Sunday's improbable victory. He currently has a four-game hit streak and is batting .330 (33-for-100) with five extra-base hits, five stolen bases and a .764 OPS since the All-Star break.

"We had a couple of conversations, me and Gibby, I didn't want the day off," Reyes said. "At the end of the day, it's going to be good for me, for my body, to rest.

"I'm OK. As a baseball player, you're always going to be sore. You're never going to be 100 percent, you're always going to have something. But I'm good enough to play baseball, it is what it is."

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

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