May 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos (21) pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Pittsburgh won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sergio Santos placed on disabled list by Blue Jays with forearm injury

The Toronto Blue Jays suffered their third straight loss to the Los Angeles Angels. They also lost a piece of their bullpen, as the team placed reliever Sergio Santos on the 15-day disabled list with a forearm injury, according to Brendan Kennedy of The Star.

The move comes on the heels of the team activating closer Casey Janssen and designating infielder Chris Getz for assignment. Janssen did not get into the game today, as the Blue Jays were well out of the game early this afternoon.

Santos heads to the disabled list after having a tough go of it to start the season. In 12 innings of work this season Santos has allowed 13 hits, 12 runs, and 11 walks, while striking out a solid 20 batters. The lack of control cost Santos dearly, resulting in the right-hander blowing 3 of his 8 save opportunities as Janssen’s substitute.

Santos has dealt with a myriad of arm injuries during his time with the Blue Jays. In 2012, Santos went to the disabled list with a right shoulder injury on April 21 and would later undergo season-ending surgery. The following season, Santos would again hit the DL in April, this time with a triceps strain. He would also require elbow surgery while on the disabled list, a procedure that held him out until August.

As Kennedy mentions, there is no current understanding of what the corresponding move will be, but the going thought is that the replacement player will be an outfielder, as noted by Mike Wilner.

Pillar has been on a tear at Triple-A Buffalo, pushing his season average to .311 with a .824 OPS and 16 RBI. However, his first go around in the Major Leagues didn’t exactly go very well, so the Blue Jays may be a little more cautious to pull the trigger this time around.

Gose has already had two stints with the Blue Jays this season, going 2 for 6 with 3 walks in 2014. His time in Triple-A hasn’t been quite as productive though, with the young center fielder hitting just .240, but also putting up a solid .330 on-base percentage.

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  • RyanMueller

    Goins has been really hot this week but I think pillar should be given a shot since he has shown he is deserving. Whats the worse that could happen I doesn’t hit and he goes back down? My choice would be darin mastroinni

  • Justin Jay

    Not surprised by this at all. It was only a matter of time. He can’t handle the rigors of back-to-back days

  • JaysHopeful

    Jays have an incredibly inadequate bench. They ought to bring up Mastroianni, as he is a a veteran right-handed bat that can play CF. They need a righty to cover Colby in CF. They need a real 4th outfielder.

    I think it would be a disservice to Pillar to bring him up before Sept. expansion. Give him a full year in AAA to develop. Goins is the lefty bat to work off Tolleson, but if he was sent to AAA because he wasn’t hitting enough, then let him work that out, and bring him up in Sept. as well. Why would they DFA Getz without having something to replace him?

    So they need another utility infielder. I was really impressed with the defense of Jonathan Diaz, even if he doesn’t hit, he would be great as a defense replacement off the bench. He can work a walk, and play all IF and some OF positions, and is a veteran. Brings some serious depth off the bench.

    Bench: Mastrioanni (R), Diaz (R), Franscisco (L), Tolleson (R), Thole (L), Kratz (R) – yes, 6 man b/c they’ve elected to not have anything other than a replacement level 2nd baseman.

    They can play Franscisco at 3B and move Lawrie over 2B, or platoon Tolleson and Diaz at 2B (though both are Righties). They have 3 catchers to make up for signing a back-up as their starter in Navarro. And they finally don’t have to risk Bautista or Melky in CF when they decide to not play Colby against Lefties. Options!