By Mike Harrington
The Buffalo Bisons put in a long afternoon's worth of work Sunday in Coca-Cola Field and got rewarded. Their fans get a reward too -- one more look at Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes.
Late in the Herd's 1-0, 14-inning win over the Durham Bulls, word filtered out of Toronto that the Blue Jays have finalized their plans for Reyes, their rehabbing shortstop: He will play Monday night's homestand and series finale here against the Bulls, then transfer for two days to Double-A New Hampshire.
Reyes will then be close at hand to join the Blue Jays Thursday night in Fenway Park for the opener of a key four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. He thus will not play in the Jays' three-gamer on the unfriendly turf of Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field that opens Monday night with Toronto looking for its franchise-record 12th straight win.
(6 p.m. update: Reyes will play Monday in Buffalo but Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has told Toronto reporters "we're re-evaluating daily" and has not ruled out Reyes joining the team in Tampa).
Reyes went 2 for 5 in the game as the designated hitter and was pulled for pinch-hitter Ricardo Nanita in the bottom of the 14th after catcher Mike Nickeas led off with a double. Nanita sacrificed and Durham pitcher Juan Sandoval threw the ball away for an error to allow Nickeas to end the longest scoreless game by innings in Coca-Cola Field's 26 seasons. The contest took exactly four hours to play.
Reyes has gone 5 for 13 in his three games in Buffalo and the Bisons have won all three against South Division-leading Durham, which swept the Herd in a four-gamer last month in North Carolina. Six Buffalo pitchers combined to hold Durham to eight hits, striking out 12 and walking only one. Started Todd Redmond went six innings and Joel Carreno tossed a scoreless 14th to get the win.
Sunday's paid crowd of 10,166 pushed the three-game total since Reyes hit town to 41,360.