The Toronto Blue Jays will need to find another closer, after Ryan Tepera was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
On Friday, general manager Ross Atkins confirmed Roberto Osuna will return to his role as closer, when his suspension ends on Aug. 5. However, such has been the narrative for the Toronto Blue Jays this season, the period between now and then has now been subjected to another curveball.
As noted by Shi Davidi, Tepera hasn’t had an MRI yet and doesn’t plan to visit a specialist. As of right now, the plan is to have rest and treatment, while taking it day by day.
The loss of the 30-year-old is just the latest blow for a team which has been beset by injuries during the 2018 campaign. And to add insult to injury, he had been serving effectively as the Blue Jays’ closer during the absence of Osuna, having amassed six saves since taking over the role.
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In general, this has been an excellent season for Tepera. Through 38 appearances he has recorded a 2.97 ERA, along with career-bests in FIP and strikeouts per nine innings.
This appears to be mostly about taking the necessary precautions, with the Houston, Texas native complaining about lingering soreness after outings. However, there is every chance his absence could extend past 10 days.
Depending how long Tepera is missing, this could impact his chances of being moved before the non-waiver trade deadline. Not that the Blue Jays are looking to cash in as such, but he has drawn attention recently from around the league.
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