Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Staff In Shambles Yet Again
The Toronto Blue Jays disappointing 2012 season was attributed to a tragic week in the middle of June when three of their starting five pitchers went down with serious injuries. The Blue Jays lost Kyle Drabek who suffered a ligament tear in his right elbow that eventually required Tommy John surgery. Next on the infirmary docket was rookie Drew Hutchison who succumbed to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Hutchison initially attempted to rehab the injury but suffered a setback that also required Tommy John surgery. To round out the injury tri-fecta Brandon Morrow suffered an oblique strain that shelved him for six weeks.
Leading into the 2013 season the Blue Jays were hopeful that they had paid their injury dues in 2012 and the words Dr. James Andrew would not be uttered north of the border in 2013.
So far so good on the Tommy John front however their pitching staff is still banged up, bruised and in shambles at the 35 game mark of the schedule.
Potential ace Josh Johnson has been sidelined for the better part of two weeks with a triceps strain and is not slated to return until the end of the month.
The Jays most consistent starter J.A. Happ was struck in the side of the head with a line drive last week and suffered a fracture behind his ear and a sprained knee on the play. Happ is not scheduled to return for at least 4-6 weeks due to his wonky knee.
R.A. Dickey and Brandon Morrow have both been battling neck and back tightness with Morrow having his latest start pushed back to Wednesday.
The Jays attempted to inject Ricky Romero back into the picture but Romero and $7.5 million dollar contract were optioned to the Buffalo Bisons. Romero had his first triple a start this evening and was shelled by the Louisville Bats. Romero surrendered 6 runs on 10 hits while walking 5 in 3.2 innings in his disappointing Bisons debut.
The Blue Jays are going to be in tough to gain any ground in the American League East with the current state of their pitching staff. Thankfully the used and abused bullpen has pitched above expectations.
Good times in Blue Jays land.