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
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.