Do the Blue Jays have strong enough backup plans in the event of injuries?

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Do the Blue Jays have injury replacements on-hand for relief pitchers?

The relief pitchers for the Jays are in a decent spot to start the season. The bullpen has many options so an injury to lower leverage relievers should not be an issue. The only problem the Blue Jays have right now is that they would struggle in the unfortunate event of an injury to All-Star closer Jordan Romano or setup man Erik Swanson. Swanson has yet to pitch for an AL East club, so it remains to be seen how he will fare on his new club.

The Jays bullpen doesn't necessarily have any one pitcher who is as reliable on the mound as Romano, which makes him an irreplaceable piece. The person that would be a front runner in that case would most likely be Yimi García. García can throw the heat and had a great summer last year. In July and August, he posted an ERA of 1.1 in 21.2 innings pitched.

Other players like Tim Mayza and Anthony Bass are solid bullpen pieces that can pitch in high leverage situations when needed. Later in the season the Jays will also get former Yankees pitcher Chad Green back from injury. Green will be a crucial piece to the bullpen come October, especially if the Jays run into the injury bug.

Zach Pop is an extremely interesting piece to the Jays bullpen and has the potential to develop into a Romano-type talent. He gets tremendous movement on his pitches,and he shows great promise for a young pitcher. He’s given up only one run in four innings this spring. 

The Blue Jays also have some good pieces in the minor leagues that could get called up in the event of injury. Nate Pearson should be one of the prime candidates in this scenario. Pearson has had an up and down spring but has shown moments of great promise specifically with his fastball and his ability to reach 101mph. When he was bad, he was really bad and that is something that the Blue Jays cannot afford.

Players such as Junior and Julian Fernández, like Pearson, are both flame-throwers. Both pitchers have a great chance to be called up to the big-league roster at some point this season. Additional depth includes Trent Thornton and non-40-man roster options like Casey Lawrence, Jimmy Robbins or Hayden Juenger.