Rants, Waivers And Injuries Surround The Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays fell victim to a four-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics and find themselves in a precarious position approaching the mid-summer break.
The Blue Jays are hobbled and hurting to say the least after losing slugger Edwin Encarnacion with a quad strain that will prevent him from participating in the All-Star festivities. Adam Lind has been forced into the lineup while still recovering from a bruised foot forcing Jose Bautista takes some reps at first base. Bautista is still not 100 percent recovering from his own hamstring strain and Brett Lawrie is disabled with a broken finger for another 3-4 weeks.
Encarnacion has told reporters he has a Grade 2 quad strain. Hopes to recover in two weeks. Typical recovery time: 3-6 wks.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) July 7, 2014
The Jays have seen a decline in production at the plate scoring a modest 4 runs in 4 games against the league leading A’s. To make matters worse the Jays were stymied by the newly acquired Jeff Samardzija, a player the Jays have been linked to and scouted since last winter. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has been busy working the waiver wire in an attempt to give manager John Gibbons some lineup flexibility during this latest rash of injuries. The Jays have claimed Nolan Reimold and Cole Gillespie as potential reinforcements while designating Kenny Wilson and Brad Glenn. Gibbons reiterated that the oft injured Reimold would get a chance to play north of the border. [quote]“His big thing is staying healthy, he’s had trouble doing that over his career. This is his opportunity, there wasn’t a spot for him over in Baltimore, he’ll come here and help us out.”[/quote] The frustration boiled over Saturday night after the Jays had another obvious replay challenge ruled in the oppositions favor. Bautista pulled no punches blasting the replay system to reporters. The meat and potatoes of the Bautista rant are as follows: [quote]“This whole replay thing has become a joke in my eyes. I think they should just ban it, they should just get rid of it, I don’t really understand the purpose of it, but getting the right call on the field is not the purpose. That’s pretty obvious and evident. I don’t know what kind of agenda the people that are doing the replays are on, what their plan is, what their purpose is, who they’re looking after. But obviously getting the right call on the field is not what they’re doing.”[/quote] The Jays now sit two games back of the Baltimore Orioles for the AL East lead having lost seven of their last ten contests. With the trade market heating up, the Blue Jays are still searching for another arm and second basemen to shore up their infield. Earlier in the week were the Jays were linked to Martin Prado, Aaron Hill and the struggling Chase Headley.
Talks between Padres, Blue Jays on Chase Headley remain ongoing, source says. Toronto’s need increased in light of Encarnacion injury.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 7, 2014
The Jays now head to Anaheim for a trio of games against the Angels and a perhaps fresh start to a new week. Who knows what this week will bring but it can only get better for the snake-bitten Jays.