It’s getting to the point where I should start calling this blog “Toronto Blue Jays Injury Updates”, or at least that’s what it’s starting to feel like.
Toronto Blue Jays second basemen Devon Travis was sent to the 10 day D.L. yesterday, after getting diagnosed with an inside bone bruise on his right knee. Surprisingly, his wrist is fine, after being hit on June 4. Last season, Travis had surgery on the same right knee, but for an outside of the knee bruise, not inside.
“That’s where it hurts the most,” he said. “You just think about everything you did in the off-season and obviously coming off an injury last year and the year before as well, it’s tough. It’s probably my emotions running out of me right now, all those hard days of work, two-a-days, getting to Florida on the third day of January, just doing all I could to get back on the field because I wanted to be there for the team.
“Now I’m in a little bit of the same spot again, it just doesn’t make much sense to me,” he continued. “I don’t have time to feel bad for myself, though, this is my career, this is what I love to do and this is what I signed up for. I know all this comes along with it. I’ll get through it.”
It’s hard not to feel bad for Travis. He is one of the Blue Jays best hitters, but he can’t seem to catch a break. He has not yet had a season in the big leagues without a DL stint.
“There are some similarities, for sure,” Travis said. “The bone bruise, I hate that word. It sounds so simple, it hurts so bad. There are similarities, for sure. It’s in a different part of my knee this time, that’s the difference in feeling. But when it comes to pain, and how I feel when I move my leg, very similar.”
To replace the absence of Travis in the lineup, Gibbons has said that they will be platooning between utility players Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney with the occasional appearance of Chris Coghlan. Goins, Barney, and Coghlan have stepped up their game, thanks to the reoccurring injuries of the “made of glass” 2017 Toronto Blue Jays 25-man roster. However, nobody can replace the value of a ‘Healthy Devon Travis’.
The Toronto Blue Jays play their final game in Oakland this afternoon at 3:35pm (I will be tweeting during the game!). They look to avoid the sweep, after losing their first series in the last six they have played.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Fransisco Liriano has been activated today and will make his first start of the month today!
The Blue Jays are looking to tie the series and bounce back against the Yankees, after yesterdays horrific 12-2 loss.
Liriano was sent to the 10-day disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation. His shoulder has since returned to normal, and (according to sources) is now back at 100%.
To read the most recent Injury Updates, click here.
Just when you thought the Blue Jays couldn’t get any better after last nights 17-2 win, they did!
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ will be activated tomorrow and make his first start of the month tomorrow.
You can read all about his initial injury here.
Corresponding to activating J.A. Happ, the Blue Jays will be sending RHP Dominic Leone to AAA Buffalo. Leone has been mediocre in 21 games with the Blue Jays (pitching in relief). In yesterday’s 17-2 win (!!!!!), Leone pitched two scoreless innings.
Fransisco Liriano is scheduled to comeback near the end of this week, more updates will come as info is released.
The Blue Jays seem to be getting stronger and healthier with each coming day. Let’s hope that trend continues to go up as we look for a postseason spot!
Toronto Blue Jays all-stars Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki will be rejoining the team on Friday to start off their longest home-stand so far this season.
Donaldson and Tulowitzki have been on the D.L. for over a month combined, but the Jays have been doing better without them, than when they started the season with them. Overall, the bench players have been doing a tremendous job trying to fill the void of having two of the biggest Jays super sluggers on the roster. John Gibbons seems to agree with me as well, “These other guys have filled in and done a good job, but every team’s built a certain way,” Gibbons said. “You have your core guys. If you’re going to do anything, you’re going to need those guys. I think everybody will be glad to see them.”
Donaldson has not been 100% healthy since the middle of the 2016 season, while Tulowitzki has not been healthy since the beginning of the season.
Coincidently, Donaldson and Tulowitzki will be coming back right in time to play the Texas Rangers… this series should be really interesting!
On May 14, Blue Jays LF Steve Pearce left the game in the second inning with a right calf strain. After hitting a double into the right-centre gap, Pearce immediately stood up to signal that something was wrong and walked right into the clubhouse.
The Jays have already been hit by the “DL bug” and were one of the first teams to do so.
Later in the game, Carerra had a very minor encounter with the home-plate umpire, but did not get ejected. The Jays could not have afforded for him to get ejected, as there were no other bench players that could fill in. If that had happened, they could have dropped the DH and put Smoak in the outfield, and Morales at first base.
The next day after the game, Pearce had an MRI (#LetsMRIs) which showed a right calf strain, landing him a spot on the never-ending DL.
The Blue Jays first brought up P Leonel Campos, but optioned him back down to AAA so they could bring up utility player Darrell Ceciliani.