Archive for the ‘Injuries’ Category

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The results of the MRI on Jose Reyes’s wonky left hamstring came back this evening (according to simultaneous tweets from every Jays reporter on Twitter), and it turns out about exactly as we probably should have expected: a somewhat vague diagnosis of a “mild strain,” meaning he’s currently day-to-day.

For a guy with a history of hamstring problems that isn’t great news, but… it also totally is. I mean, the issue isn’t worse, right? And the sheer fact that he went for an MRI almost assured us that we’d hear that it would be at least this bad. Maybe not, but with the way the Jays sometimes shield the public from information about injuries — y’know like every other team does — it had to be in the back of one’s mind just a little that things may not have been quite as peachy as they were making it sound, so to hear the word “mild” is definitely a good thing.

Yes, these sorts of problems can linger, especially for someone with recurring problems, but we’d do well to remember that, as I pointed out in my previous post on the subject, problems with the left hamstring haven’t been that recurrent for Reyes, at least according to the injury history provided on his BP page. In 2008 he missed two games in mid-April with some soreness, and in 2011 he went on the DL for it in July, missing 12 games, then three weeks later had to hit the DL again, missing 17 games during the second stint.

Again, not great, but not necessarily the doom and gloom scenario it might be easy to conjure up when you hear the words “Reyes” and “hamstring” and “strain.”

So for now, at least, we can focus on trivial matters, like whether we’ll see Reyes in Montreal, or whether the Jays will keep him in Florida, off the turf (at least for a couple of days) and off the plane, hoping to have him ready to go a week today when the season actually opens in Tampa. The answer to that is: whatever’s best for his health and the games that matter, I’m sure. It would be a shame for a lot of Mets fans making the trip (there are Mets fans making the trip, right?), but obviously there are bigger concerns, if that’s what it ends up coming to. Concerns like whether or not he’s good to go for Opening Day, which is hardly a given, especially because you know that they’re going to be cautious here.

Then again, maybe he’ll be playing in a couple of days! I mean, if I was a betting man — and I am — that’s probably not one I would take, but you never know, right? Right???

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Ugh. Start the irrational panic wagon and the insufferably dumb kvetching about the Jays not always being forthcoming about injuries!

Buck Martinez was on the Fan 590 with Jeff Blair this morning saying that Jose Reyes was walking around the clubhouse looking healthy enough, and not hobbled, despite leaving Saturday’s Grapefruit League game early with tightness in his hamstring. Over the weekend, according to several reports, including one from John Lott of the National Post, John Gibbons told reporters that his level of concern was “zero right now — today,” adding, however, that “If he hasn’t played a week from now, then we’ve got a lot of concern.”

And then this:

Ugh.

For those unfamiliar, hamstring issues have plagued Reyes’s career. According to the injury summary on his Baseball Prospectus page, problems with his left hamstring caused him to miss 29 games in two separate DL stints in 2011, two games in 2008, as he dealt played through the lingering tightness, and he’s also had a host of other issues with that leg: last year’s severe ankle sprain, as well as an ankle sprain in 2003, and a stress fracture in his tibia in 2004.

The story of his right hamstring isn’t a whole lot better, either.

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star tweets that Gibbons continues to say today that he doesn’t feel the injury was serious, and that the MRI is just precautionary.

Reyes himself adds, via two tweets from Gregor Chisholm: “I’m not concerned. I just want to make sure everything is alright. I have to find out what it is. We’ll see. Right now we’re taking it day by day. I’m going to get an MRI this afternoon to have a better idea.”

That certainly does make sense, especially given that starting Friday the Jays are scheduled to play twelve straight games on shitty turf (two in Montreal, four in Tampa, and then six in the first homestand of the year), which obviously might prove even harder on a wonky leg, and which… ugh.

Just ugh.

My gut, for some reason, says that he’ll be fine, but man… thoughts of beginning the season with Ryan Goins sliding over to shortstop and Maicer Izturis playing second — as we’re told will be the setup in the event of a Reyes injury — are just a depressing reminder of the thin veneer of depth this club currently is attempting to hide behind. Shit, playing with those two up the middle for any part of a season in which championship aspirations anything but fucking hilarious is just… ugh.

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This nifty little image, which comes by way of Redditor atomicbolt (aka the great @mattomic) at r/TorontoBlueJays, is pretty much the best thing you’re going to see today. Also: the most depressing. So why not just put up your feet and phone it in the rest of the way already? That’s my plan!

Crotch grab in the direction of @jon_cookie for the tip.

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A swelling-faced Colby Rasmus leaves the field in the middle of the first inning.

Update:

The Jays have finally given the medical update on Colby Rasmus, and it’s actually not so bad. Meaning, mind you, in this season of broken dreams (and now broken faces) that it’s not catastrophic– and that his vision is fine. Rasmus is, however, shut down for the season, and while preliminary X-rays showed no broken bones, he’s remaining in the hospital for further tests, and they’ll be able to tell for sure what’s going on once the swelling goes down.

Don’t believe me? Here are the relevant tweets:

Original Post: 

There isn’t a whole lot for me to do here but to completely ape the work done by theScore‘s Blake Murphy, so… let’s do that. And while I’m at it, let’s make a pitch for my employers, and remind you that you already would have seen all of this on your fancy mobile device if you had only downloaded the spectacular-looking and real-time news update-filled theScore app.

Or maybe that’s too light approach to take for the opening of a post on somebody who has wound up in the hospital– especially when it’s a player in the midst of what’s hopefully a breakout season (and not another 2010-like tease preceding two years in the wilderness). Not only that, but when it’s an injury to not just his face, but in the area of his eye, which is vital to not just his career, but his quality of life.

Of course, now I’ve probably erred on the side of being a little too heavy about it, but I think that’s OK. Let’s hope that’s the case and this is all very precautionary.

In case you missed the game tonight, Colby Rasmus wasn’t a late scratch from the Jays’ lineup tonight, technically. He was in the starting lineup and would have taken an at-bat in the top of the first inning, had his turn come up. It didn’t, so he took the field with his teammates and set about warming up to play some defence.

It was at that point that this happened (GIF by way of Kazuto Yamazaki via NESN):

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Today in not-terribly-surprising news– especially if you’ve listened to the podcast we just recorded, which… since I haven’t posted it yet, you haven’t– the Jays have shut Edwin Encarnacion down for the season.

Don’t believe me? Barry Davis of the Rogers-owned Rogers Sportsnet has the scoop on the tidbit from the Rogers owned Blue Jays from down at Rogers Centre.

As Drew noted on the aforementioned podcast that you haven’t heard, Edwin has been walking around looking like he’s in a little bit of agony lately, so… that’s not shocking. What is maybe a little bit shocking, though, was the tweet that followed from the Jays’ official Twitter account:

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Well here’s a fun way to make the last month of the year go by even slower:

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Chad Jenkins. Todd Redmond. Neil Wagner. Josh Thole. Ryan Goins. Munenori Kawasaki. Anthony Gose. Kevin Pillar. Moises Sierra.

No matter what you think of the individual players, the fact that all of those names currently occupy the same Major League Baseball active roster is astonishing. This wasn’t how it was drawn up. Not even close.

The Toronto Blue Jays have had to reach very deep on their depth chart this season. It’s been ugly at times, and the Buffalo Bisons likely don’t appreciate it in the midst of a playoff push in the International League. But it is what it is, and the Jays have been hammered with injuries throughout the year.

If it all feels oddly familiar, it should, because it’s not really a one-year blip. In fact, you could go so far as to call it a systemic issue since 2011.

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