Oh the hits, they just keep on fucking coming. From the busy Twitter fingers of several reporters at Rogers Centre who just spoke with John Gibbons, we have this:
Sergio Santos set for surgery on elbow to clean out some bone spurs ad chips. Won’t end season. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 14, 2013
Morrow scratched from Wed start, Ortiz to take his place. #bluejays
— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) May 14, 2013
Ugh. Are you for fucking serious?
Oh, and there’s more…
Shi Davidi tells us that, despite all of the positivity we’ve seen via Instagram throughout his recovery process, the timeline on Jose Reyes has not changed, and he is expected to be out until the All-Star break. Oh, and Melky Cabrera will be having an MRI tomorrow on his sore hamstrings, says Brendan Kennedy.
Aaaaaaand Mark DeRosa is hitting cleanup tonight. And, crazier still, the idea isn’t completely nuts, given the other options against left-handers.
But unless you’re a charter member of the fucking insufferable tin foil hat brigade, it’s not all doom and gloom– and I don’t say that only because the Jays host the Junior Varsity whatevers tonight:
Morrow doesn’t appear to have had a setback, it’s just that he’s not at 100%, and the Jays want him to be as close to that as possible when he next takes the hill, says Gibby, via a Brendan Kennedy tweet. The expectation is that he’ll make his next scheduled start, which is now Saturday in New York, according to a tweet from John Lott. Yes, that’s what they’ve said about the last start, but, y’know, sometimes the body doesn’t respond entirely the way you expect it to.
In fact, though, Morrow spoke to reporters later and said, according to a Mike Wilner tweet, that the club is being “extra-cautious” and that he’d come to the stadium today expecting to pitch tomorrow. “Out of my hands,” he said. Shi Davidi adds that Morrow says he was looking forward to pitching tomorrow, while Brendan Kennedy tells us that Morrow said he’d be pitching if it were up to him, and that he feels fine.
John Lott adds that moving him back allows him to throw a normal-intensity bullpen tomorrow.
As for Santos, Shi Davidi tweets that recovery from the surgery is expected to be six weeks “possibly less,” so… hey! New ammunition for the tin foil hat people when that doesn’t work out! The triceps is pretty related to the elbow, so it’s completely understandable how we’ve reached this point, though I’m sure that’s not going to be enough to keep the waves of sarcasm about the deal with the White Sox from continuing to pound the battered shoreline of pointlessness. One day people will see what Santos is all about, I’m still confident, and it’ll be pretty fucking glorious.
Meawhile, Davidi tells us that Josh Johnson is on the road back, needing one more long toss session before getting back onto the mound, though J.A. Happ is still having knee pain related to his incident in Tampa last week. And Brendan Kennedy says that word from Gibbons is that R.A. Dickey is no longer dealing with the neck and back pain that had hobbled him for most of the last month– now let’s see it in the damn radar gun.
So… yeah. All of that happened.
It’s hard to look at it in the context of anything like a playoff race with the Jays so far behind but… I don’t know… if they can weather the storm– and so far, with a couple of surprising performances out of Ramon Ortiz and Chad Jenkins, they have– they’ll at least keep themselves poised for some kind of a second half miracle. If they don’t, though, we probably won’t even have that to cling to– the poor play of the season’s first month has made the margin for error now just that fucking thin.