While I have been saying the Blue Jays would need to add a couple veteran arms if they had hoped to remain competitive in the AL East the thought was to bolster what we had and not as injury replacements. The Blue Jays have suffered an unusual string of injuries to their starting pitchers in the past four days.
Brandon Morrow left his start early on Monday after suffering left oblique and has no timetable for a return. Two days later young Kyle Drabek felt something pull in his right throwing elbow and heard the words no pitcher wants to hear, “You are going to see Dr. James Andrews”. Drabek is possibly looking at a second Tommy John surgery and is likely out for the remainder of the season regardless.
Last night Drew Hutchison lasted all of nine pitches when he too felt some discomfort in his right throwing elbow. Hutch will have a myriad of tests to determine what type of damage he has done to the elbow and is likely to end up on the DL either way.
The starting rotation that has performed relatively well is now in shambles (basically decimated) and with that the Blue Jays will be starting to look ahead to next season in terms of player personnel moves. After just writing a piece about how the Blue Jays should look at extending DH Edwin Encarnacion this latest string of injuries might affect those plans?
Hutchison and Drabek were obviously tough losses to overcome but they were never going to give us 175+ innings or pitch deep into the season based on their light career workloads. However losing Brandon Morrow for any extended period is the death blow for the team given his status as our best pitcher this season.
Brett Cecil has gotten the call to start this Sunday and for the season has pitched 42.2 inning at double-A allowing 44 hits, 14 walks and 34 strikeouts to go with a 3.38 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. His last start was on June 12, 2012 and he allowed 11 hits in 6.2 innings for triple-A Las Vegas – never a friendly environment for pitchers but not exactly a stat line that inspires confidence to retire major league batters.
With the Blue Jays struggling to score runs in bunches and a starting rotation devastated by injury the positive beginning to the 2012 MLB season is starting to look all too familiar for Jays fans as the focus almost immediately shifts to next year, again.
Poor Jason Frasor, he is going to start developing a complex if he is on the move again at the trade deadline!
UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal the Blue Jays are asking around for pitching help but may end up as sellers at the trade deadline.