There hasn’t been a ton of positive news on the injury front for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019 with a continuing trend of pitchers going down.
That trend will continue throughout this injury report but there are some goods signs from a 25-year-old left-hander that the Blue Jays rotation could desperately use as the season drags on.
Ryan Borucki, the Blue Jays second best pitcher in 2018 according to fWAR, played some long toss and stretched it out to 120 feet. Borucki will throw his first bullpen Friday on his road back to Toronto and Baseball Reference expects him to be out until at least early July as he continues to build his arm strength back up. Originally, the inflammation in his left elbow wasn’t considered serious but ended up landing him a spot on the 60-day IL.
Right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera announced today he underwent surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies and shave down a bone spur. He currently sits on the 10-day IL and the club expects him to be out of commission for approximately 4-6 weeks. Tepera has struggled over 11 innings this year allowing 12 hits, six walks and four home runs leading to a 6.55 ERA.
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Jacob Waguespack was called up to Toronto May 26th and came out of the bullpen the following day to make his big league debut against the Rays. Just one day after his debut, Waguespack was unavailable due to tightness in his right throwing shoulder. The Blue Jays announced he will head to the 10-day IL after throwing on Wednesday and still feeling soreness. The move is retroactive to May 28.
In some non-injury news but roster related, Elvis Luciano has been removed from the Bereavement List and the young right-hander rejoined the club Wednesday night for the final game in Tampa. It is still unclear what led Luciano to the Bereavement List.
Unrelated to the major league club itself, however, big news for the organization, 2018 second rounder Griffin Conine made his 2019 debut Wednesday night with Low-A Lansing after serving a 50-game suspension when he tested positive for a banned substance. Conine, a 6-foot-1 outfielder from Duke University is the Blue Jays # 16 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.