Report: Blue Jays Happ headed to DL with Elbow Inflamation

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Apr 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (L) speaks with starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) as an injury forces him to leave the game against Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (L) speaks with starting pitcher J.A. Happ (33) as an injury forces him to leave the game against Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Blue Jays finally got word of the injury to star pitcher JA Happ. Given the Circumstances they got a pretty positive prognosis.

Elbow injuries are always the scariest when it comes to pitchers, and the Jays were desperately hoping for good news about one of three American League, 20 game winners in 2016. J.A. Happ has been diagnosed with an elbow inflammation, industry sources Steve Phillips, Jon Morosi, Shi Davidi, and others have reported.  This injury seems to be pretty minor, and is certainly far off from the dreaded UCL tear.

Happ underwent an MRI Monday and word came down from CEO Mark Shapiro that he was optimistic about the injury. The Blue Jays pulled Happ in the 5th inning of Sunday’s loss to the Orioles. Happ had looked solid allowing just one run on one hit, while throwing 58 pitches.

The Blue Jays are already dealing with injuries to two more of their significant players. Aaron Sanchez was placed on the DL with his lingering blister issue. The Jays previously lost star third baseman Josh Donaldson to his lingering calf issue, and is expected to miss a decent amount of time. Losing three high profile players at a time like this is definitely far from the best for the Jays.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet indicated in an article that he expects Happ to be put on the 10 Day DL. Given the circumstances, this is a really fortunate prognosis for the Blue Jays. Playing out of a hole without their key players will be tough, but the long term health of the players is always the most important. Expect the Blue Jays to make corresponding roster moves once the club verifies the reports.

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The options at the MiLB level could include the likes of Casey Lawrence, Mat Latos, T.J. House, or Mike Bolsinger, as the Blue Jays will need to bolster their rotation, at least in the short term.

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