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The injuries of the Blue Jays and the moves of the roster

The injuries of the Blue Jays and the moves of the roster

2021-06-10 23:15:00

Track recent Blue Jays transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

June 8: C Danny Jansen placed on IL. 10 days
Jansen was added to the list of injuries with a right hamstring strain he sustained during the bases run on June 6. Jansen hit .273 with an extra-base shot in the five games leading up to his injury.

June 8: C Riley Adams recalled by Triple-A Buffalo
Adams was called to replace Danny Jansen (10 days IL) on the active roster. Adams, classified as prospectus no. The club’s 18 from the MLB Pipeline, hit .250 with six home runs in 19 games for Triple-A Buffalo. He made his MLB debut in the first series against the White Sox.

CF George Springer (right quadrilateral strain)
Expected return:
Mid to late June
Springer ran the bases again on June 10 in Chicago and walked out feeling good. He also had plans to resume batting training, and while there is no precise timing yet for the start of his rehab tenure, it seems to be upon us and manager Charlie Montoyo says he’s “definitely closer”. (Last updated: June 10)

3B Cavan Biggio (sprain of the cervical spine ligament)
Expected return: Mid June
Biggio has been in rehab with the Triple-A Bisons, and until he has setbacks on Thursday, it’s possible he’ll join the Blue Jays on Friday when they head to Fenway Park to face the Red Sox. (Last updated: June 10)

C Danny Jansen (right hamstring tension)
Expected return: to be defined
Jansen was hitting .273 with an extra-base shot in five games that resulted in the injury he sustained while running the bases on June 6. (Last updated: June 8)

RHP AJ Cole (neck tension)
Expected return:
Mid to late June
There is no indication that Cole’s injury is serious in the long term, but it was enough to keep him out of the game for five days before the Blue Jays called an IL bout to bring him back to 100%. Given the injuries the Blue Jays are facing, Cole may still be returning to some mid-range innings and the odd high-leverage point soon. He has quietly put up an ERA of 1.13 over eight strong innings this season, knocking out seven. (Last updated: June 2)

LHP Ryan Borucki (left forearm flexor strain)
Expected return
: Potentially late June
Borucki has not yet launched since June 1st. On May 23 he was progressing towards launch, but until he’s back on a mound, it will be difficult to draw a timeline. Borucki’s injury history also means the Blue Jays will be cautious here. (Last updated: June 1)

LHP Anthony Kay (fourth digit blister on the left)
Expected return:
to be defined
During her last outing in the Majors, Kay was seen rubbing a finger on her throwing hand between shots. Now, that problem has brought him to IL while he’s down with Triple-A Buffalo. Kay was optioned there on May 22nd. (Last updated: May 27)

LHP Travis Bergen (left shoulder conflict)
Expected return:
to be defined
Montoyo said he doesn’t believe the impact is too worrying, but he is serious enough that Bergen would not have been able to launch at least “the next two days”. (Last updated: May 27)

RHP Patrick Murphy (right AC joint injury)
Expected return: Potentially late June
Murphy has been working on the way back with rehab outings in Low-A and now Triple-A, the latest launch on June 5th. The Blue Jays are keeping Murphy as a relief for now, and given the number of injuries they are facing in their bullpen, he could be an MLB option when he gets back to 100%. (Last updated: June 10)

RHP Thomas Hatch (right elbow bump)
Expected return: Potentially late June
Hatch was recently closed due to slight lateral tension, but returned to the mound on June 6 and will continue to rebuild as a starter. With elbow no longer an issue, Hatch should soon become an option for the club. (Last updated: June 6)

RHP Julian Merryweather (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Potentially late June
GM Ross Atkins doesn’t expect Merryweather to be ready immediately when they are eligible to come out of the 60-day IL, because the club wants them to be ready to pitch back-to-back when they return to the 40-man roster. However, he now has a throwing routine, which is encouraging. (Last updated: June 6)

LHP Tommy Milone (left shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: to be defined
Milone hit the 10-day IL on May 2 after recording a 6.43 ERA in his first 14 innings this season. This means he was eligible to return for more than two weeks. Now, his move to 60-day IL proves he needs more time. (Last updated: May 27)

C Alejandro Kirk (left hip flexor effort)
Expected return: to be defined
Kirk joined the IL in early May and was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 8, so he can return in early July. There won’t be a clear timeline with Kirk for some time, but the talented young hitter was just starting to make his way into more reps, sharing time with Danny Jansen. His mature club and high contact rate will be a welcome addition to this Blue Jays lineup whenever he returns. (Last updated: May 25)

RHP David Phelps (right lat surgery)
Expected return: Out for the season
Phelps has undergone surgery on his right flank, the Blue Jays announced on May 25, and is finished for the season. This is a blow to the Blue Jays after Phelps opened the season with an ERA of 0.87 and 15 strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings. A calming, veteran presence in that bullpen, his absence will be felt. (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Out for the season
Yates was lost for the season after undergoing surgery on Tommy John, which was a major blow to the bullpen. He had signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in the offseason. His outlook for 2022 should be clearer once he reaches the off-season and enters the latter stages of Yates’ long rehabilitation process. (Last updated: May 25)

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