Latest injury update on Blue Jays top prospect Ricky Tiedemann brings positive news
By Edward Eng
This past Thursday in a game between the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Washington Nationals’ Double-A affiliate Harrisburg Senators, Jays top prospect Ricky Tiedemann left the game with two outs in the top of the 4th inning due to left biceps discomfort. On Friday, Tiedemann was placed on the 7-day IL for biceps soreness and would undergo further MRI testing on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.
On Tuesday, results from the MRI revealed biceps inflammation to Tiedemann's left shoulder. So fortunately, there was no structural damage. However, he will be out week-to-week and may possibly miss more than one start as a result.
Earlier this year during Spring Training, Tiedemann was shut down due to left shoulder soreness, which ended up delaying his eventual season debut with the Fisher Cats until April 13th. In his first start, he was unstoppable, going three innings and giving up no runs, two hits and striking out nine. However, in his recent two outings up until his current injury, he would begin to encounter some adversity, having to battle his way through innings. Cumulatively, in four starts, he has an uncharacteristic 4.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, giving up seven earned runs, with seven walks and 23 strikeouts over 12.2 innings of work.
Nevertheless, the Blue Jays’ organization will exert extra caution when dealing with the injury sustained by their number one prized pitching prospect. This definitely presents a moderate level of concern for the Jays, as Tiedemann has sustained two injuries related to his pitching arm in just a short period of time. After all, the last thing the Jays would want is to have another Nate Pearson-type injury dilemma on their hands, which ultimately delayed his development and progress over multiple years and greatly reduced his once thought to be superstar potential.
Hopefully, Tiedemann’s current injury issues are not a long term problem and that he will continue to progress successfully up the Jays' system.