R.A. Dickey looked like the pitcher the Jays thought they were getting when they dealt Noah Syndergaard and the now-injured Travis d’Arnaud, absolutely dominating the White Sox for six innings under the closed roof at Rogers Centre, as the Jays won 3-1. Dickey had struck out seven, walked just one, and allowed two hits on just 64 pitches when he exited in the sixth– a precautionary move, the club later said, after he felt some tightness in his neck and back.
Mike Wilner noted that Dickey was rubbing his right neck and shoulder area when he left the dugout, while Shi Davidi noticed that he had favoured his right side a little bit following his sixth inning strikeout of DeWayne Wise.
“He didn’t want to push it,” Wilner explained, quite rightly, the Fan 590′s post game show. “I’m not sure if the Blue Jays gave him the option [to stay in] or not, but he didn’t want to push it.”
It makes sense that he would be cautious, given the way flared up backs have hampered this team in the last week– or, y’know, flared up back, singular.
Speaking to reporters after the game, John Gibbons says, according to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy of the Star, that “it’s been bothering him for a couple of days,” calling it a gutsy effort from his ace pitcher. John Lott adds that John Gibbons says that it tightened up in the sixth, and likened it to “what Jose’s going through.”
“He’s a tough guy, I’m sure we’ll see him in five days,” Gibbons says via another tweet from Kennedy.
So… hopefully that’s the case. Because tonight, he was jaw-droppingly fantastic, and rather emphatically showed why fans need not be worried with a club a couple games below .500 with a-hundred-and-forty-something left. Great win tonight– even if the bullpen didn’t make it quite as comfortable as it felt surely like Dickey would have. DickeyTheBest.