Mar 25, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis (3) throws to first base in the second inning of the spring training exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Lose Maicer Izturis To DL For 4-6 Months


As far as news goes, what Maicer Izturis received on Monday was as bad as it could get. The Toronto Blue Jays infielder learned that he could be out of the game for the remainder of the season with a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament, a team release announced Monday afternoon.

Also according to the release, Izturis is expected to seek out a second opinion, but the thought process is that he will undergo surgery soon, which could result in a 4-6 week recovery process.

The injury occurred on Sunday afternoon, when Izturis felt the knee pop while coming off the field during warm-ups. He tripped on the stairs while entering the dugout and was immediately removed from the line-up.

That’s a big blow to the Blue Jays, as Izturis had been playing some much better baseball in the early going in 2014. In 38 plate appearances, Izturis was slashing a solid .286/.324/.314 and has shown decent improvement in the field as well.

With the injury to Izturis, the futures of Jonathan Diaz, Ryan Goins, and Munenori Kawasaki in Toronto are suddenly a lot more interesting. One or two of them were expected to be at risk once Jose Reyes returned from the disabled list later this month, but now will likely see at least two of them remain after the shortstop returns. Given the offensive struggles of Goins, it will be interesting to see how the Blue Jays play that out.

The alternative is the team makes another move, involving their excess pitching depth (J.A. Happ, Esmil Rogers, Neil Wagner), to find a second baseman. What they can get for that depth remains to be seen, but teams like the Diamondbacks have infield depth and a need on the mound that could result in a move.

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  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    AZ has Owings and Didi G. But do we want a younger talent? I’d rather see some ‘guaranteed’ production. I know how this is going to go over, but…..Drew anyone?

    • jays4life77

      Shaun, i dont think Drew is the answer. Wants to much money and is not a 2nd baseman so to come in and try to learn on the go with no spring training no thanks. I would rather try to get Owings or Gregorious from Arizona, yes they may be young talent but isnt that a great option? I mean if they pan out we are set at the position for a while unlike drew being a stop gap but to what exactly? I dont think goins is as bad as he has shown hitting wise but he is never going to be anything special either.

      I still love the idea of Nick Franklin from the M’s but i just dont see that happening at all. Maybe Beckham from the white sox if they can get him cheap? Reliable 2nd baseman with limited potential with the bat.

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        I don’t really like the idea of Drew. But if the Jays are going to trade for a young player with upside, it had better be higher than that of Goins. And if it is, it’ll cost a hefty load.

      • RyanMueller

        I still like Nick Franklin also, but I am not sure there is a fit there. Zona seems to be a better fit, although I think getting Owings is a pipe dream. Didi is more likely.

        • jays4life77

          I have an out there suggestion, with the indians having lindor in the minors and cabrerra at short in his walk year, what about trying to land him to play 2nd? this way he shouldnt cost an arma nd a leg as he hasnt been hitting great for a bit now, but maybe a change of scenery does the trick. He is great with the glove, has a bit of speed and can fill in if reyes goes down again. This trade could make sense as he would audition for the 2nd base role is still young (28 i think) and has some hitting potential as well. If he works out sign him to an extension if not then if the cost was small no big loss.

          Ideas and thoughts?

          • RyanMueller

            I like your idea but with Reyes back by weeks end…we have no idea for how long…do we want to use assets on a rent a player this early in the season?

    • brad

      Zona has been pretty bad in the pen and at the back of the rotation this year which are both areas the jays should be desperately trying to offload ppl from.

      The thing about Drew is that he is an injury risk and not a great fielding SS… which would likely mean he would also not be great at a position he has never played. He would be an offensive boost but really has had some pretty poor offensive seasons as well. I would rather stick with what we have now and save the money for a deadline acquisition starter(because we all know someone is going to go down)

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Positively thinking ahead. Love it.

  • Jeremy Russell

    I dont think depth is the problem. Reyes, Goins, Kawasai, Diaz, Getz, thats 5 middle infielders.

    • brad

      jays have a ton of depth at every position lol…. it’s just the starters at a few of them that leave something to be desired

    • Greg Gorman

      the only problem with that list is that aside from Reyes, these guys can’t hit the ball with consistency. Diaz seems like a better option than Goins. Kawasaki is entertaining as hell and plays good defense, but with Reyes hurt you can’t have good fielding players hitting .175 up the middle. Time to move some of the depth and find a quality 2B who can field(not required GG’r) and can hit .275 with some speed. I’m not sure who is the answer, but we haven’t had a good 2B with production since Aaron Hill. Johnson doesn’t count because he struck out too much.

  • bob l.

    if we want young, what about ryan schimpf? he’s tearing up aa pitching and has good pop.

    • RyanMueller

      I like Kevin Nolan, although he is tearing the cover off the ball at the moment. Over his minor league career his numbers are better than schimpf

      • bob l.

        you nailed that one! Nolan headed to triple a. good call!

  • Gary Gill

    This is just horrible.

  • Adam Sproule

    Lets not have this injury bug spread. He was really hitting the ball. Need reyes back and goins to get it going. Haha