Archive for the ‘Injuries’ Category


Per an official release from the Jays, Sergio Santos has been activated from the 60-day DL and added to the big league roster, with Brandon Morrow moving to the 60-day in order to clear a spot on the 40 man roster, and [sad trombone] Dustin McGowan hitting the Disabled List with an oblique strain.

McGowan looked just fine during Monday’s first game of the Oakland series, when he pitched two-and-a-third innings, allowing one hit and walking one, so… not sure what’s happened in the interim, and one might even get suspicious about the roster maneuverings if, y’know, it weren’t a McGowan injury, which is obviously pretty believable.

Then again, maybe that’s the point.

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I don’t have much more to offer on this topic than the question posed by the headline of this post, but here goes…

Before last night’s game, Alex Anthopoulos had a lengthy chat with the media hordes on a variety of topics, one of which was the status of Brandon Morrow, who seemed to fall off the face of the earth after his early exit from a May 28th start.

By way of John Lott’s piece in the National Post, Anthopoulos explains:

Asked if he is optimistic that Morrow can pitch again this season, Anthopoulos replied: “It’s hard to be at this point. I’m just being honest. He just hasn’t been able to get it going.

“He feels better. It’s certainly improved from where he was but he just doesn’t feel 100%. I ask our trainers: ‘It seems like we’ve given him so much rest. Should he not be 100% at this point?’ It’s tough to know how everyone’s body recovers and so on. We’ve taken MRIs multiple times and all we’ve seen is inflammation.”

Morrow is undergoing further tests, Anthopoulos said.

So it’s some kind of mystery injury, right?

Not so fast. Lott’s piece was updated after the fact to include information that had surfaced in a Shi Davidi report at Sportsnet that surfaced just before 1 AM ET:

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Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

A few items coming from the Twitter fingers of the reporters down at Rogers Centre today that just seem too big to leave until tonight’s Game Threat, as we have new word on the progress of three key Jays who’ve been injured throughout the club’s recent run back towards quasi-respectability…

So… that’s some good news– at least, in a relative sense, as far as Morrow goes. And there’s more!

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Atlanta Brave v Toronto Blue Jays

Because apparently it can’t all be good news, word from the reporters speaking with John Gibbons down at Rogers Centre today tells us of a setback for Brandon Morrow…


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New York Yankees v. Toronto Blue Jays

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.

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Injuries Everywhere!

Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

The Jays’ 40-man roster right now runs 47 names deep, thanks to seven guys (Kyle Drabek, J.A. Happ, Drew Hutchison, Dustin McGowan, Luis Perez, Sergio Santos, and Jose Reyes) being on the 60-day DL. Today, according to a team release, Brett Lawrie was added to the 15-day DL, joining Rajai Davis, Josh Johnson, and Darren Oliver.

You could add Ricky Romero’s banishment for the minors for left-arm and right-brain shittiness to the list as well.

Then, of course, we have Brandon Morrow and Casey Janssen. The former left Tuesday’s loss to Atlanta after just two innings, due to soreness in his forearm. Morrow’s four-seamer has averaged 94 on the radar gun this season, but yesterday his maximum velocity was just a shade over 93, with the average way down at 90.4 mph.

The latter pitcher, Casey Janssen, unexpectedly wasn’t seen as the Jays went into the ninth an tenth innings of a tie game yesterday against Atlanta. John Lott explains the situation in an excellent-as-usual piece for the National Post:

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Breaking: Brett Lawrie?



The Jays currently lead the Braves 9-1 after a two-run J.P. Arencibia shot in the bottom of the sixth and a three-run Edwin Encarnacion blast in the seventh, but Arencibia’s long, hard ding dong wasn’t the most eventful action of the former inning, as Brett Lawrie ended up leaving the game with an injured ankle.

It can’t be stressed enough that it wasn’t nearly as immediately serious-looking as the injury that befell Jose Reyes back in April– Lawrie remained in the game at first, and may have been more inclined to leave because of the scoreline. But it was obviously a bit of a painful incident, as turned over on his left ankle as it got caught on the second base bag on what appeared to be a botched hit-and-run with Emilio Bonifacio at the plate.

Bonifacio ultimately grounded into a fielder’s choice in the at-bat, and Lawrie winced noticeably as he moved from second to third– as you can see below– pulling up limp, then leaving the field under his own power, heading straight down the tunnel, followed quickly by trainer George Poulis.

The club has since announced that it’s a left ankle sprain, and that Lawrie is day-to-day. Get your tin foil hats ready, folks!

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