Good-ish news tonight by way of the power of Barry Davis’s special privilege…
Santos MRI showed no structural damage. Is on a “no throw” program for 10 days to 2 weeks and will be evaluated at that time. #bluejays
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) April 24, 2012
So, the club possibly won’t be losing a lights out reliever for a prolonged period, the Sergio Sirotka Moron Brigade can put away their banners and wait for the next dipshit parade to go marching off into, and in the meantime, Francisco Cordero will continue to do a competent job of trying not to suck too much at protecting the lead as the team’s temporary ninth inning man.
Though… that’s unfair. While I was wary of Cordero’s diminishing skills when he signed, I like the guy, I want him to succeed, I want to believe he can adapt to his loss of velocity– though the TV broadcast gun and the ones shown on MLB.com certainly have made me think that the 93 MPH he’s averaging per FanGraphs’ pitch F/X seems a tick or two low– plus… y’know… I’m sure he’s just gonna keep on getting GIDPs to bail him out of the messes he creates, right? RIGHT???
Speaking of guys bailing themselves out of their own messes, Brandon Morrow, everyone! The Jays number two starter didn’t look himself again tonight, not missing bats the way he’s capable, but mostly keeping the ball in the park (the lone Eric Hosmer home run will reduce Morrow’s HR rate), and sparing much of the bullpen by pitching into the seventh. If this more efficient Morrow can slowly bring the strikeout stuff along, everything will be fine– which isn’t to say that him figuring it the fuck out sooner wouldn’t be a whole lot better than, y’know, later.
Ahhh, but whatever. The Jays have swept the mighty Royals, and now must head to Balitmore to do battle with the unstoppable Orioles. Kelly Johnson is Alomar incarnate, Jose Bautista hit a home run on some kind of Beau Gaudreau uppercut swing, and the club’s early season continues to go rather swimmingly– with many thanks to the Schedule Gods for that.
As for the closer, “if Santos is pain-free the next time he picks up a baseball, then he’ll get right back on track and will probably be ready to rejoin the team by mid-May,” explains Mike Wilner at Miked Up. “If he’s not, that’s troubling.”
So the Jays aren’t exactly out of the woods yet on what could be a tough blow to the player who was to be the lynchpin of a solid bullpen. But no structural damage is at the very least good news– kinda like how four wins are four wins, whether they’re against the Kansas City Royals or an actual Major League club. Every bit counts, and right now I think we’d do well just to take it and move along.
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