Mar 31, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Maicer Izturis (3) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Maicer Izturis on DL, J.A. Happ off DL, Munenori Kawasaki called up, Erik Kratz sent down


Mar 31, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Maicer Izturis (3) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Toronto Blue Jays’ series win over the Baltimore Orioles (11-3 in the rubber game), the Jays made a couple of roster moves that included one player going on the DL, while another returns from the DL, and the return of a huge fan favourite.

Maicer Izturis was scheduled to play 2nd base in today’s game, but was scratched last minute due to a left knee strain. The strain proved to be severe enough that the infielder needed time on the disabled list.

This comes at a bad timing for Izturis, who had been off to a hot start, hitting .455 in his first 7 games on the season, with 5 multi-hit games–earning himself regular playing time as the Jays’ 2nd baseman.  However, Izturis has since cooled off, going 0 for 14 in his last 3 games.

Sportsnet’s Barry Davis reports that Izturis tripped on the stairs and heard a pop in his knee

Izturis is also scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

As a result, fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki was called up from AAA Buffalo to fill the utility infielder position for the Blue Jays off the bench.  Kawasaki became a fan favourite in his first season with the Blue Jays in 2013 as fans were memorized with his antics and charisma on and off the field, despite only hitting .229/.326/.308 in 96 games.

 

Returning from the DL, and joining the Blue Jays for the first time this season will be starting pitcher J.A. Happ. Happ had a successful rehab start in AAA Buffalo prior to his call up. Having lost his spot in the rotation in Spring Training, Happ will begin his season in the bullpen as part of an 8-man pen, as Barry Davis reports.

And the reciprocating move is Erik Kratz, the Jays’ 3rd catcher being sent down to AAA. Kratz lost out to Thole for the back up catcher position in Spring Training, but received a call up to join the club at the beginning of the season when closer Casey Janssen went on the DL. Kratz only appeared in 6 games (1 start) for the Blue Jays, and had 2 hits in just 10 plate appearances.

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  • RyanMueller

    Poor izturis. Just when he was working his way into a full-time position and the hearts of jays fans…this happens.