Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays experienced a moment that has become all together too common for them this season. After throwing two pitches to Adrian Gonzalez in the sixth inning of his team’s 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez had to leave the game with apparent elbow soreness. This, after the pitcher had quite visibly been grimacing while touching his back, as though he were auditioning for a Robaxin commercial a few innings earlier.
This is the fourth time in two weeks that a Blue Jays starter has departed a game early due to an injury. In fact, the only pitcher from the starting rotation not to get injured so far this season has been Ricky Romero, who apparently, limits his injuries to the emotional realm.
Things have gotten so bleak for the team that during a rain delay last night, word broke that Toronto was calling up right handed pitcher Scott Richmond. The 32 year old who makes the average left handed batter look like Joey Votto, has had 15 starts at Triple A Las Vegas this year where he’s improved his strike out and walk rates from last season, but has still put up a 5.46 ERA and a 4.60 FIP.
Such desperate measures became even more forlorn when rumours began to spread that the Blue Jays had signed 49 year old pitcher Jamie Moyer to a Minor League contract. Sure enough, Moyer, who had recently requested and was granted his release from the Baltimore Orioles organization after they decided not to call the pitcher up from Triple A where he had been on a brief audition, will join the Las Vegas 51s later this week in Tacoma.
At this point, the veteran pitcher’s family is wondering what they’ve done to keep him away.
Whatever Blue Jays representative it was that spoke with the media last night about the Moyer acquisition was certain to emphasize that the pitcher has received no guarantees from the team.
The Blue Jays will be the ninth organization that Moyer has played for in his 25 year career and the third in a month, after beginning the season in Colorado, moving on to Baltimore after getting released, and now trying to crack Toronto’s big league roster. Given the Blue Jays current situation, it’s quite possible that Moyer will indeed get his chance if he can replicate anything close to the 1.69 ERA and 16 strikeouts with no walks in 16 innings that he put up for Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate.
The only good news for Toronto at this point is that the Alvarez injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as the others that have plagued the team, with the right handed pitcher not expected to miss much time at all. In fact, the early prognosis suggests he could be ready to make his next scheduled start.
And The Rest
The Texas Rangers are believed to have called up number one pitching prospect Martin Perez with the expectation that he’ll join the team today. [Dallas Morning News]
Travis Wood pitched a great game for the Cubs last night. Unfortunately, the team’s equipment manager wasn’t really there to back him up. [UniWatch]
Why every team in baseball should use the designated hitter. [The Atlantic]
Kevin Youkilis looks like a different man after leaving the troubles in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse and joining the Chicago White Sox. [daylife]
Mat Latos had a career game last night, striking out 13 batters while going the distance and contributing with his bat as well. [Red Reporter]
How out of touch with importance does one have to be to take issue with a baseball player untucking his jersey after completing a baseball game? This is a real thing. [MLB.com]
With Shaun Marcum still suffering from elbow pain, Marco “Polo Eric” Estrada will rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation. [Disciples of Uecker]
Alex Rodriguez is a heck of a teammate. [CBS Sports]
Tampa Bay Rays starter Alex Cobb pitched a complete game last night. He also allowed eight runs. [Baseball Nation]
Barack Obama is the President of the United States, and also a fan of the Chicago White Sox. He thanks the Boston Red Sox for Kevin Youkilis and receives a fair share of boos. [CBS Boston]
The value of making mistakes. [Baseball Prospectus]
Another week of Getting Blanked shows kicks off in style. Talking about the Youkilis trade, Trevor Bauer, poor Cliff Lee, wrapping up interleague and looking at the awful thing that Terry Collins did. [Getting Blanked]