AL East Round Up: Everybody Hurts Edition

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Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays

Colby Rasmus ended up going on the DL to deal with his tighty righty hamstring. To replace him, the Blue Jays called up Anthony Gose, who is more than capable of filling in CF. But, he does not bring the potential production Rasmus does. He’ll need to figure out how to get on base and use his speed to help the club. Otherwise, this team will be hurting.

The Jays have already lost Brandon Morrow after he tore a tendon sheath in his right index finger. Despite this, so far, the Blue Jays have been able to weather a few bumps and bruises and stay well within striking distance of first place. They haven’t been completely decimated by injuries, like the Rays. At least not yet.

Dustin McGowan suffered a ‘hurt’ in a different way this week. It was announced Thursday that McGowan would be heading back to the bullpen. It looks as though starting is taking too much of a toll on the young diabetic. He’ll come out of the pen and work fewer innings at a time. This probably comes as a bit of a gut punch to McGowan who worked so hard to be a starter. Gregor Chisholm at MLB.com tells us that the club might be looking to Liam Hendricks to fill the 5th spot in the rotation. Stay tuned.

The Blue Jays roster has been like a revolving door this week. They’ve been shuffling players up and down from AAA Buffalo. There has been so much movement that they actually handcuff themselves sometimes. Some players cannot be recalled because they were just optioned days before.

Celebratory Brett Lawrie High Five to Drew Hutchison. #HutchShow threw a complete game, 3 hit shutout against the Texas Rangers on Friday night. It was the first shutout of his career.

Another Celebratory Brett Lawrie High Five to Edwin Encarnacion as he was awarded AL Player of the Week for last week. He hit 4 homeruns, one of which was his 200th career bomb. Long live the chicken wing!

I’m going to end the Blue Jays part with a shout out to the Jays Care Foundation. At MLB.com, Jamie Ross tells us that this week’s Blue Jays Broadcast Auction raised $256,235! Here is a list of the “big ticket” items that went for a pretty penny. Below is a video of fans taking part in the Roberto Alomar Home Run Challenge. Some dudes were dropping bombs!

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