The Toronto Blue Jays string of bad luck continued as Ryan Borucki reportedly exited a minor league start on Wednesday after experiencing elbow discomfort.
Ryan Borucki had already been tabbed as one of the Blue Jays five starters, however, there is no telling how this latest development with muddy the proverbial water. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Jays may consider skipping his regular season start as a precaution.
The young hurler joins a laundry list of players who have been hampered by the injury bug this past week. Pitchers Ryan Tepera, John Axford, Bud Norris, and outfielder Dalton Pompey are all dealing with their own respective ailments. Although Norris appears to have the most promising prognosis of the bunch.
Borucki impressed during his rookie campaign after a midseason call-up in 2018. The hurler went 4-6 with a 3.87 earned run average while accumulating a 1.7 WAR in 17 starts last season. The 24-year old appeared poised to build off his successful season this spring going 2-1 with a 3.24 earned run average in 16.2 innings of Grapefruit League action.
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With any luck, Borucki can overcome this latest setback without being placed on the disabled list. The Jays do have some rotational depth in the event of an injury with Sean Reid-Foley, Sam Gaviglio and Clay Buchholz, however, the former Red Sox hurler is not quite ready to assume a spot in the rotation just yet.
The Blue Jays may also land pitcher Jordan Romano back from the Texas Rangers, the Rule 5 selection was informed he will not be making the Rangers opening day squad. If Romano clears waivers, he can be offered back to his former club. In light of the recent rash of injuries, there is a good possibility Romano returns to the organization that drafted him in the 10th round of the 2014 amateur draft.
Hopefully, the Blue Jays can remain unscathed for the remainder of spring training and their two exhibition games in Montreal.