There is never a good time for a team to deal with injuries but you get the sense the Toronto Blue Jays are running into some unfortunate luck.
It started with the unfortunate news of Kirby Yates having his season end before it even began with an elbow injury. This was not as much of a surprise given there were concerns with his physical which forced other teams to look elsewhere.
In a time where COVID-19 can present a tough challenge for any MLB team, like it did to the Washington Nationals, the Blue Jays have yet to be at or close to full strength to start the season. So far, the team has been able to manage there will be concern if it continues.
Just look at the current list of players that are currently on the shelf.
|P. Murphy, P
|T. Hatch, P
|N. Pearson, P
|G. Springer, RF
|K. Yates, P
|T. Chatwood, P
|T. Hernandez, LF
|R. Borucki, P
|L. Gurriel Jr., LF
|J. Merryweather, P
|R. Stripling, P
|J. Romano, P
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The starting rotation has been hit the hardest with Nate Pearson, Ross Stripling and Thomas Hatch sidelined. This is obviously followed by the bullpen that is now missing Julian Merryweather, Jordan Romano, Tyler Chatwood, and Ryan Borucki.
Usually teams do their best to account for injuries to the pitching staff but the toughest one of all has been prized free-agent acquisition George Springer who suffered an oblique injury followed by a quad strain. Having Springer sidelined doesn’t make the Blue Jays a better team obviously and when he is back, hopefully he can elevate the roster and not just fill another hole in the lineup.
So at what point does the organization need to take a hard look at what is causing this high number of injuries. They lost Nikki Huffman a few years ago when she decided to start her own business and Jose Julian Ministral is now in his eighth season with the team and first as their Head Athletic Trainer.
This has not come to the point where the team needs to find a new trainer but with the team boasting about their high performance department, the results haven’t looked favourable.
What are your thoughts on the team’s injuries this season? Can they continue to survive this long with so many key players out? Let us know in the comments below.