Toronto Blue Jays starting catcher Russel Martin has been added to the disabled list (DL) with with nerve inflammation in his left shoulder.
Unfortunately, this adds yet another everyday player for the Jays on the disabled list. However, Martin should be back to 100% in 10 days, unlike Donaldson, Tulo, and everyone else currently on the DL. If you include the Kendrys Morales also being added potentially (hamstring), that means $70 million of payroll are on the disabled list… yikes!
“I’m having a hard time lifting my arm and catching certain pitches,” Martin told media. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever had in my career.”
Fortunately, John Gibbons does not think it will be a big problem and doesn’t expect it to be a long-term absence.
“It’s like I physically have a hard time doing certain things that I’ve never had trouble doing before,” Martin said. “You’re rarely 100 per cent in this game, but I definitely felt like there were times where I was missing pitches that I’m used to putting in play.”
Russell Martin is one of the Jays most irreplaceable players on the 25-man roster, and one that we could not afford to lose longterm. Thankfully, the Jays happen to have some catching depth in AAA Buffalo. While they are not superstars, they will do until Martin comes back and the Jays get a backup catcher (more on that another time). They have called up Luke Maile and Mike Ohlman, whom have already debuted as Jays in the past few days. Ohlman only had one start, but Maile has been filling in for Martin everyday. He may not drive in a lot of offence, but he has been quite good over the past few games.
“It’s definitely the hardest position to play in the game,” says Dioner Navarro, a fellow catcher. “Look, no disrespect to anybody, but if you’re playing third base, you just have to think about third base. If you’re playing shortstop, you just have to think about shortstop. But as catchers, we have to think about third base, shortstop, second base, first base, the pitcher, everything. Really, no one on the field has to think and do as much as us. And there’s not many guys who do it all as well as Russ.”
In the bottom of the fifth inning on April 16, 2017, SP J.A. Happ exited the game suddenly after throwing a pitch and jumping off of the mound. J.A. Happ was having a great outing, allowing just four hits and no runs with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings pitched.
According to sources, J.A. Happ left the game due to left elbow soreness, but not has been officially confirmed. J.A. Happ says the pain came in his elbow “out of nowhere,” after the last pitch of the fourth inning (two-seam fastball). He didn’t hear a pop. J.A. Happ will be getting an MRI tomorrow, and once information has been released this post will be updated.
The Toronto Blue Jays have now (potentially) lost two starters in under 24 hours. So, what now?
In the post game press conference, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told media that it would be unlikely that we will see Biagini would have a stretched out into a starting roll, and more likely to bring up a AAA starter for depth. The Blue Jays have Mat Latos to lean on, which would be a the likeliest option. He has starting pitching experience, although he was not great for the Blue Jays in spring training. The Blue Jays did get Latos for “worst case scenarios”, and it seems like those are happening right now.
UPDATE: J.A. Happ was added onto the 10-day DL with elbow inflammation. INF Ty Kelly recalled from AAA Buffalo.
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Early this morning, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that SP Aaron Sanchez would be added onto the 10 day disabled list (DL) due to a blister issue that he has been having on his right hand (pitching hand). They have since added RHP Matt Darmody onto the 25-man roster to take over his spot.
Ever since the start of Spring Training, Aaron Sanchez has been having issues with a reoccurring blister. According to sources, this blister problem has been effecting his pitching mechanics, which could explain the uncharacteristic start that he made on Friday.
Sanchez will reportedly be seeing a hand specialist during the next ten days to figure out some next steps and a potential treatment process.
The CBA rule change has made the original 15-day DL, now become the 10-day DL. Thanks to that change, pitchers that are in similar situations to Sanchez will only have to miss one start, if the injury started the day of/after their last start or pitching appearance. Therefore, Sanchez has been on the DL since April 15, and will be eligible to come off of it on April 25.
Something that the Jays were worried about heading into the season was regarding their starting pitching depth. If a starting pitcher were to get injured, who would replace them? Now that Hutchison is no longer in the organization, the replacement will be unclear. Hopefully the Jays will be able to stick with a 4-man rotation, instead of a 5-man.
UPDATE: Aaron Sanchez had a procedure performed on his right middle finger by Dr. Glenn Goldstein yesterday in Kansas City to remove a portion of his fingernail. He should resume throwing in a few days.
Are you worried about Aaron Sanchez and about how his absence could affect the club?
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Josh Donaldson has been battling with a calf injury since the end of the 2016 season, but just nine games into the regular season, the calf injury seems to have returned.
Originally, Donaldson had a hip injury that started bothering him last season. It then went on to become a calf injury, which is where the injury stands today.
During Spring Training, Donaldson tweaked his calf within days of the first workout. He shared that it was in a different spot than last years calf injury and was within the right calf. Now, Donaldson has re-aggravated that same right calf injury.
On April 9, 2017, against the Tampa Bay Rays, Donaldson seemed to hurt himself while running to first base. He left the game after the play in the sixth inning, replaced by utility INF Ryan Goins. Donaldson was listed as day to day, skipping the home opener (but came in to pinch hit in the ninth inning) and coming into both Wednesday and Thursday’s games as the DH (designated hitter).
On April 13, 2017, against the Baltimore Orioles, Donaldson exited the game in the bottom of the sixth inning after hitting a double that brought in José Bautista, resulting in the only run the Blue Jays would score throughout the entire game. After hitting first base, Donaldson limp-skipped to second base and was removed immediately after, replaced by Jays backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. At the end of the game, Gibbons shared his comments on the situation, stating that it was “basically the same injury” and the training staff will have a better diagnosis on it tomorrow.
It is currently unclear as to whether Donaldson will take a few games rest, or be put on the disabled list. Could the cause of this reoccuring injury be due to the fact that the previous calf injury may not have been fully healed? We are not so sure about that.
Josh Donaldson is one of the Blue Jays most valuable players, and with the season starting on the negative end, losing Donaldson would be crucial to the entire Toronto Blue Jays organization.
UPDATE: The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that Josh Donaldson will be going on the 10-day DL. They have called up 3B Chris Coghlan from AAA Buffalo.
In last weeks WBC Canada game, Blue Jays player Dalton Pompey slid head first into second base, resulting in some dizziness and worry.
Journalists have been telling us all week that he would be fine and ready for the upcoming season, but last night news broke and revealed otherwise.
Sadly, Dalton Pompey has yet another concussion and will be out indefinitely.
Last season in June, Dalton Pompey caught a pop-fly during the bottom of the ninth and smashed his head into the wall. Bisons medical staff came rushing onto the field, but he was left to finish off the game after nothing serious was suspected. A few days later, we found out that Pompey had gotten a concussion from the hit, and would be out until further notice.
While the concussion from the WBC game came from a head-first stolen base, and not a wall smash, it is still very serious. Ross Atkins announced yesterday that he has a concussion and is going to be shut down.
MLB does not have any strict concussion protocol or rules, leaving it up to the team’s discretion as to when a player with a concussion will come back. Normally, they will be put on the disabled list, but since rules have changed and there is only a 10-day DL, I am not sure how this will work. Since it is only Spring Training, Pompey has a few weeks to recover until opening day.
If this were to have happened during the regular season, losing Dalton Pompey could have been crucial. While the Jays have quality outfielders within the organization – most at the major league level – none are as speedy as Pompey, and speed is something that the current 25-man roster lacks. If anything were to happen with any of the Jays outfield options (players), Pompey could come up and help the team immensely.
Hopefully by the time the regular season begins, Pompey will be all clear under concussion protocol, or very close to coming back to baseball. We wish him all the best!