Blue Jays injury update from July 23rd, 2019, including updates on the rehab assignments of Devon Travis, Ryan Tepera, Jordan Romano, John Axford, and many more.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, Devon Travis (knee) “hasn’t started baseball activities” yet, and that even Charlie Montoyo is “unsure” as to whether or not Travis could return this year. Now 28, the West Palm Beach, Florida native was placed on the 60-day IL on March 25.
Reliever Ryan Tepera (elbow) is “currently on a throwing program in Florida” after undergoing minor elbow surgery on May 29, per Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling. Tepera, will, according to Zwelling, “begin long toss next week”.
Nicholson-Smith also reports that pitcher Jordan Romano suffered an oblique injury earlier this month, and is now “working through a throwing program in Florida.” Romano, 26, appeared in four games for the Blue Jays prior to his demotion on June 23.
According to Zwelling, rookie Elvis Luciano (elbow) “continues to progress through a strengthening and plyometric program with no issues.” Zwelling also adds that Luciano, 19, will be re-evaluated to start throwing in about two weeks.
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Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports that Julian Merryweather (elbow) will be entering his “scheduled recovery period” in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Nicholson-Smith notes, in a separate tweet, that Merryweather hit 100 MPH in a recent session.
Starter Clayton Richard, who left his recent start with a lat issue, will begin a throwing program this week, per Zwelling. Richard, 35, has pitched to an ERA of 5.96 in 10 games so far for the Blue Jays, adding 22 strikeouts in 45.1 frames.
Veteran hurler John Axford (elbow), who has yet to appear in a major-league game with the Blue Jays this season, could begin a rehab assignment “as early as next week”, according to TSN’s Scott Mitchell. Axford, 36, is “continuing his mound progression”, Alexis Brudnicki of MLB.com writes.
Clay Buccholz (shoulder), who was placed on the IL on May 10 will, per Zwelling, throw two bullpen sessions this week in addition to the one he threw last week. Buchholz has appeared in five games for the Blue Jays this season.