With each passing day, it appears the Toronto Blue Jays are forced to deal with another injury to one of their players.
Travis Shaw is the latest Blue Jays player to fall victim to the injury bug, the third baseman was scratched last night due to right knee soreness and is considered day-to-day. Shaw is the newest addition on a long list of banged-up players.
In recent days, the team has seen pitchers Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton hit the injured reserve with their own respective injuries. The pair of hurlers joins Nate Pearson, Bo Bichette, and Ken Giles who were previously sidelined.
The prognosis on Giles seems encouraging as the closer threw his first bullpen yesterday according to the skipper. This will be the second straight season that Giles has been injured in and around the trade deadline. The future free-agent is always the centre of trade talks, however, his health prevents the team from garnering any traction in trade discussions.
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Bichette also seems to be making positive progress with his knee sprain, the shortstop is tabbed go resume baseball-related activities this weekend. The team desperately misses what Bo brings to the table on both sides of the diamond.
The brain trust finally revealed that Pearson has been diagnosed with a forearm flexor strain and is set to play catch this weekend. There is no definitive timetable for his return and it is unlikely he rejoins the rotation this season.
Shoemaker is dealing with right shoulder inflammation after pitching very well in his last start before the injury while Thornton is seeking a second opinion on Monday from Dr. Andrews in regards to his ailment.
The banged-up Blue Jays lost a winnable game last night to the Boston Red Sox and now sit at an even .500 on the season with a 14-14 record. If the team is going to make a postseason push in the coming weeks, they are going to desperately need some of the above-mentioned players healthy and ready to contribute.