In a move that actually kinda starts to make the Jays look a little bit like the team they thought they’d be again, Josh Johnson has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, and will take the ball tonight for the Jays for the first time since April 21st (!!?!). Rajai Davis has also been activated, while Ramon Ortiz has been placed on the 15-day DL, according to a team release.
The moves were pretty easily anticipated after yesterday’s demotion of Mickey Storey, and Sunday’s incident involving Ortiz. As Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun put it, “Ortiz delivered a pitch to Chase Headley and as he followed through, his leg almost buckled from the pain he felt in his elbow. He was scheduled to fly to Florida and consult with Blue Jay doctors there, get an MRI and then re-evaluate the injury from there, but the prognosis would seem grim.”
The Jays now have– finally!– a twelve-man pitching staff, though… I’m not sure how long that’s going to last, given that they’re now carrying both Davis and Anthony Gose as extra outfielders.
I guess this could also mean it’s soon to be Jim Negrych time– once the team completes its mid-week mini-series with the Junior Varsity Giants, and the idea of having Edwin Encarnacion at third becomes less palatable, maybe they’d want some extra cover for second while Maicer Izturis and Mark DeRosa move mostly to third– but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I think the five guys for three positions seems pretty reasonable, plus, to steal part of an answer from a half-finished Griff Bag, the Jays are Negrych’s fourth organization, and any team could have had him at numerous points, if anybody’d ever seen anything there. I hate to piss on what could be a nice story, but you can’t just look at the this year’s numbers and throw away everything everybody’s ever thought about the guy.
So… yeah… wouldn’t be shocked to see a reliever come up for Gose the second that the bullpen looks remotely taxed [or at the very least, as noted in the comments, Gose making way for Chad Jenkins when he needs to come up to make a start on the 11th]. Until then, shit, at least the Jays are somewhat starting to have the problem of fitting in all their healthy players, rather than finding ways to patch holes created by injuries. Kind of.