OK, so the plural “ligaments” in the title may be slightly misleading, but still… fuck me, Shi Davidi with yet another bit of good news for the Jays organization…
Travis d’Arnaud tore the PCL ligament in his knee last night sliding into second. Out 6-8 weeks, no surgery needed, rest of knee fine.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 26, 2012
So… that’s rather fucking shitty– especially since the Jays have been getting so little (read: pretty much what’s expected) from JP Arencibia this year– but… I don’t know, let’s not all go throw on the Cure’s Pornography and start making frantic calls to find a halfway decent opium connection. I mean, it’s easy get ungodly gloomy about it, and you certainly have to hate the thought of this injury kickstarting some kind of chronic knee situation for your catcher of the future, but we have no reason to believe this is anything more than a relatively minor setback. It just happens to kinda come at the most depressing fucking time possible.
At the same time, maybe there’s a silver lining here. At the very least, d’Arnaud being down removes the insufferable question about when d’Arnaud’s going to come up and when Anthopoulos is going to deal his current backstop from the mid-summer equation. It also means that, assuming the club follows the pattern we’ve seen with Travis Snider, that even if d’Arnaud is ready to play in six weeks, he’ll probably be kept down to get some Triple-A action before the club gives any thought to bringing him to the Majors, which means he probably won’t be here until September of this year, if at all. Looking at it that way it’s now quite possible that the club can avoid letting him accrue any service time at all this season, meaning they’ve essentially been gifted, if you want think about that way, an extra year of control.
Yes, it might make it more difficult for Alex to deal Arencibia away while still maintaining some pretensions of a playoff run, but with the month of June having made roadkill of the rotation so far, it would have to take a serious bout of opium-fuelled dreaming to start thinking the Jays have the pitching talent right now to hold any kind of realistic position in the race until– if they’re lucky– Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison return to health sometime in August.
Perhaps it gives Anthopoulos a bit of breathing room to figure out what to do behind the plate, removing d’Arnaud temporarily from the picture. Shit maybe it even gives him a bit more leverage, should he try to deal Arencibia– y’know, makes it really seem like a club is prying away a key piece, rather than accepting a spare part. Of course, if he does choose to move Arencibia, it means a lot of Jeff Mathis, and I’m not sure I’m ready for that.
Then again, I may not have to be. Jon Morosi tweets that he spoke to Anthopoulos today, and he tweets that the GM doesn’t expect to make any major deals until mid-July, if at all. This echoes something Alex said on the Fan 590 the other week, which was that there simply hasn’t been a lot of movement on the trade front as yet, and that most clubs are waiting until the calendar turns to July before they really start getting very deeply concerned about making deals, and that it may even take until after the All-Star break before stuff really starts happening.
Or maybe this injury has no bearing on the trade situation at all, as many have felt it’s more likely that the club will wait until next winter to decide what to do with their two young catchers. Regardless, though, it’s not exactly the news you want to hear as we continue waiting for word on the results of Henderson Alvarez’s MRI– which, incidentally, Davidi tweets could hit us before tonight’s game starts at 7:10 PM.
Believe it or not, things could still get worse before they get better.
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