The Toronto Blue have lost an astounding 336 man games and counting to injuries this season as 14 different players have hit the disabled list since opening day on April 03rd.
The Blue Jays medical staff has been arguably the busiest in baseball treating everything from nagging blister issues to tweaked calves, hamstrings and everything in between. John Gibbons has already utilized 9 different starting pitchers second to only the Seattle Mariners who have trotted out 11 so far this season.
The young ace Aaron Sanchez has been shelved three separate times for blister issues including once for a split nail that was a result of a procedure to alleviate the reoccurrence of the blisters. The fireballer has only made 5 starts this season while battling the issue.
Joining Sanchez from the rotation on the infirmary list is J.A. Happ and Francisco Liriano although Liriano appears poised for rehab games this week. Happ has already missed 35 games while Liriano was absent for his 14th game yesterday.
The likes of Dalton Pompey, Bo Schultz, and Glenn Sparkman have all been sidelined with an assortment of long-term injuries since before opening day. Pompey suffered a concussion during the World Baseball Classic Tourney but is said to be participating in extended spring training games however the Jays have not provided a timeline for his return.
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MVP Josh Donaldson is nearing 40 lost games for his nagging calf injury that he initially attempted to nurse back to health without the assistance of the disabled list. Both Donaldson and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are due back this upcoming weekend. Tulowitzki is recovering from a hamstring issue but has been participating in rehab games in Dunedin with Donaldson. Tulo just missed his 31st game of action.
This list… pic.twitter.com/fkyOLuzVVF
The list Hazel Mae tweeted out before yesterday’s contest is quite impressive in a depressing kind of way for Blue Jays fans in a season where nothing has seemed to work in their favor. The list bumps to 336 lost man games once yesterday’s exclusions are added to it.
Rookie Anthony Alford was the latest victim cracking his hamate bone in his hand after registering his first big league hit and the Bad News Bears hit its all-time low when Darrell Ceciliani injured his shoulder on a home run blast to right field. Ceciliani had just been called up to fill in for the injured Steve Pearce when the injury occurred.
The Jays are in the basement of the AL East with a 21-26 record but are surprisingly still only 4 games back of the wild-card spot and treading water until the crew is back to full health.
Well, if nothing else today is an off day so there is no chance of anyone being added to the disabled list…….well maybe.