With word last night — though, admittedly, none around here — that Sergio Santos was headed to the DL with a right forearm strain, the ol’ wheels started cranking about what move the Jays might be making next, as they continue to try to patch together something that, at least in their minds, resembles a coherent roster. But did anybody see this one coming?
According to a report on the Rogers-owned Jays from the Rogers-owned Rogers Sportsnet and Shi Davidi, it’s Chad Jenkins who’ll be back up with the team… for some reason. And Jonathan Diaz!
Diaz adds a bit of what the club lost when they D’d Chris Getz FA in order to get Casey Janssen back on the roster, but will come at the expense of yet another roster move, which has yet to be announced.
So, for those of you keeping score: Jenkins went down when Adam Lind was activated back on Thursday; Janssen came back yesterday, with Getz being D’d FA to make room; Santos got hurt and will be placed on the DL, making room for one of Jenkins and Diaz to come back; and some as-yet-unannounced move will make room for the other.
As much as I’m sure everybody is ready for the Jays to just end the madness at the back of their bullpen already, the return of Jenkins suggests to me that madness is in full swing, and with Dioner Navarro having been healthy enough to be back behind the plate for two of the last three games, I’m thinking we’ll hear shortly that Erik Kratz is on his way to Buffalo. Of course, with the Jays this year, who the hell knows?
If it is Kratz, having Diaz up at least doesn’t offsets the removal of a right-handed bat, technically — though in Diaz’s case I use the term “bat” loosely, since he’s 0-for-24 with two walks in 27 plate appearances since being sent down to Buffalo less than two weeks ago. Which… is… fucked. But hey, but since the Jays probably have got to keep the suddenly-cold bat of Juan Francisco in the lineup by playing Brett Lawrie at second, it’s not like Diaz will see much of the field anyway. (Right???)
The team isn’t even that bad! This stuff is just a bit weird, though. Still.
I don’t know. The Jays are covered for any and all garbage time situations, at least. And look at the bright side: it might not be Kratz, it still technically might be Lawrie actually needing to go on the DL (though the rumblings out there don’t make that seem like the case at this point).
Santos, for his part, told reporters — including John Lott of the National Post, who takes us through Sergio’s grim injury history — that while he’s beyond frustrated at hitting the DL for the third time in three season, ““I’m hopeful it’s just a strain. I think it is. That’s what I feel. That’s what I believe.”
Not exactly a well-reasoned medical assessment right there, but fingers crossed — though… y’know… it’s not like Santos was doing the Jays much good at this stage anyway, so whatever it is, at least he’s going to get it right, and hopefully come back with some semblance of a repeatable release point, and the ability to go more than just a couple outing between monumental blow-ups. Because fuck, when he’s on, he remains a filthy fucker indeed.
So it goes…