The latest from Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star has him talking about injured Jays closer Sergio Santos, who joined his teammates last night in Anaheim, since he’s been staying at home in California while shut down because of shoulder pain.
“When he showed up at Angel Stadium on Thursday and stuck his head in the clubhouse,” Griffin writes, “he was greeted like a long lost brother by his teammates. That esprit de corps makes Santos’s enforced absence with shoulder inflammation a little easier to take.”
Well, I guess that’s good. But the piece’s money quote from John Farrell kinda doesn’t.
“The one thing that he’s learning is the difference between soreness and pain,” Farrell explained. “That can be said for a lot of young pitchers that they don’t really have that full understanding of what they’re able to pitch through vs. any kind of pain. In this case because the onset was in one game, we were over-cautious in handling him and in getting him evaluated.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not by any means at fucking all saying that the Jays shouldn’t be overly cautious when it comes to their key bullpen asset– or… anyone, really– it’s just, now that Santos is cleared to start throwing again on Tuesday and hopes he can be back in a couple weeks, let’s hope that the learning bit Farrell speaks of goes both ways. As in, they’ve learned to maybe assess this kind of thing better, and they’ve learned that maybe just sticking the Established Closer they happen to employ back into his old familiar role and riding him through thick and thin isn’t such a great idea either.
Not that, y’know, the bullpen’s problems haven’t been largely a result of small sample sizes and shit happening, but still… there were red flags on Cordero when he was acquired, and he hasn’t done a whole lot to lower them. It sounds like maybe the next time Santos feels some soreness in his shoulder it doesn’t necessarily have to lead so quickly to us getting a damn month or more of Cordero ninths. I think a lot of our blood pressures would be greatly relieved if that were the case.
I don’t know… it’s Friday…