The Toronto Blue Jays infirmary has been a revolving door of injured blue birds seeking medical assistance during the first month of the season. The Jays have already lost five players to stints on the disabled list and they haven’t even reached the 20-game plateau yet.
The third baseman was placed on the 10-day disabled list on the 14th of April after aggravating a lingering calf injury that surfaced during spring training. Donaldson has shown positive progress and has begun doing baseball related activities however the slugger has yet to test the calf on the base paths. No timeline has been set but it would appear he is still 10-14 days away if all goes well.
Tulowitzki came up lame after sliding awkwardly into third base on Friday injuring his hamstring. The shortstop traveled back to Toronto yesterday for an MRI, however, the Jays have not released the findings of the scan. The Jays placed Tulo on the 10-day disabled list, but as of right now all tings point to Tulowitzki being ready to return once his stint is complete.
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Aaron Sanchez has officially been ruled out of his next scheduled start in St. Louis. The young hurler threw long toss yesterday and the initial prognosis was the finger was feeling better. Sanchez has a procedure last week to have a part of his fingernail removed in hopes of preventing further blister flare-ups. The Jays want to ensure they rectify this issue once and for all before allowing Sanchez back on the bump.
The southpaw is feeling better but has not tested his inflamed elbow since his last 20-pitch side session where he again felt discomfort. Happ like Sanchez has been also ruled out for his next start versus the Cardinals. Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence will once again get the nod in their respective spots in the rotation. The Happ injury seems to be a wait and see scenario until the inflammation subsides.
Howell will be the first of the five injured players to return from the disabled list as the reliever is currently on a rehab stint. The veteran wonky shoulder appeared fine in his first rehab start as he struck out the side in an inning of work with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Howell is tabbed to make one more rehab appearance before being activated before the upcoming Cardinals series.
The Blue Jays are undoubtedly hopeful the injury bug that has bitten them in April will be not rear it’s ugly head again in May so the Jays can finally concentrate on playing better ball and putting some W’s in the win column.