As I’ve lamented on these virtual pages before, being a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays has been extremely frustrating over the last 18 years. It’s hard, however, to think that there has been a more trying time to be a Blue Jays fan than right now.
The Jays seem agonizingly close to being contenders but it’s quite obvious that they are quite there yet. Things might’ve turned out differently in 2012 had the entire pitching staff not gone down with injuries. I exaggerate of course, but it sure seems that way.
Today the Blue Jays placed right-handed pitcher Jason Frasor on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness, the team announced in a press release today. Frasor joins a list of hobbled pitchers that includes the likes of Brandon Morrow, Jesse Litsch, Dustin McGowan, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison, and Luis Perez.
The extent of the injury is not yet known, but it’s safe to say that yesterday’s acquisition of three pitchers from the Houston Astros in J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter might have been motivated partially by Frasor’s injury.
Heading into today’s action the Blue Jays sit only 3 1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers for the final playoff spot in the American League, but given the talent on the roster and the amount of teams ahead of them it doesn’t look like 2012 will be Toronto’s year to return to the playoffs. Jays fans will be left wondering what could’ve been if only the pitching staff could have stayed healthy.
The move is retroactive to July 17 which means that Frasor will be eligible to return at the beginning of August depending on the severity of the injury.
In 36 innings pitched so far this season Frasor is posting a career-high in K rate, striking out more than 11 batters per nine innings. He has also posted a 4.00 ERA and a 3.62 xFIP.