Latest Blue Jays injury updates: Tiedemann, Francis, Green

Seattle Mariners v Toronto Blue Jays
Seattle Mariners v Toronto Blue Jays / Kevin Sousa/GettyImages

Looking for a significant boost to the overall morale of the Toronto Blue Jays in recent weeks, they have finally received some encouraging news on the injury front for three of their key players.

Blue Jays injury updates on Tiedemann, Francis, Green

For top prospect Ricky Tiedemann, he has made some progress following his ulnar nerve inflammation diagnosis almost two weeks ago. Tiedemann has started throwing again from flat ground at Dunedin this week and will look to return to throwing off the mound in a couple of more weeks. For an organization that is already lacking starting pitching depth, this positive news provide the Jays with some hope down the road this season if they ever need to call upon his services. On the season, Tiedemann is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 8 innings of work in three starts with Buffalo, the Jays' Triple-A affiliate.

In the case for Bowden Francis, he originally landed on the IL in late April due to right forearm extensor tendonitis. This past Monday, Francis was able to complete a bullpen session and is scheduled to pitch a two-inning side session on Thursday. According to Arden Zwelling, the Jays will have him starting in his rehab assignments, but will likely return to a long-man relief role when he is due back with the club. With Toronto’s bullpen struggling mightily so far in 2024, they will need all the help they can get. For the year, Francis has posted a 2-2 record with an 8.59 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched over five games (including two starts). Hopefully, he can manage to revert back to his dominant form witnessed from his prior year when he returns from the IL.

Finally, for one of the Jays’ early season bullpen stalwart in Chad Green, he has begun to play long toss and will hope to start throwing off the mound later in the week after landing on the IL on April 20 due to a right teres major strain in his right shoulder. Green was a key cog in the Jays’ relief corps to begin the season when he went 1-0 with a stellar 2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, along with two saves in seven appearances. His return can’t come soon enough as the relief pitching hadn't been the same ever since his injury, as they desperately miss his veteran leadership in the bullpen.