Starting Rotation- J.A. Happ
J.A. Happ was a revelation after returning to the Blue Jays on a 3 year contract last season, winning 20 games in his first season back in Toronto. Happ had been with the club from ___ before a trip to the Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates before returning to Toronto as a free agent.
Unfortunately his 2017 campaign hasn’t gone the way he’s wanted either, as he landed on the disabled list after leaving his start on April 16th after just 4.1 innings with tightness in his elbow. An MRI revealed some inflammation, and the Blue Jay shave been very cautious with easing him back toward a return.
The latest report has Happ throwing from 90 feet, but there is no hard plan for his return to the rotation either. As was the case with Sanchez’s absence, the Jays turned to Latos, Lawrence, Biagini, and most recently Mike Bolsinger to fill in the rotation spot. Bolsinger had an encouraging outing on Monday and will likely get another start as long as the Blue Jays can keep him on the 40 man roster, something that could be somewhat difficult with Sanchez’s pending return.
When you hear “elbow inflammation” it usually means the worst in the pitching world, but the Blue Jays remain hopeful that Happ can make a full recovery and make a solid contribution to the club in 2017, and also next year, in the final season of his contract.