In the latest MLB Breaking News, the Toronto Blue Jays have been hit hard by the injury bug once again. Recently acquired closer Kirby Yates 2021 season is over before it even begins, Robbie Ray slipped on the stairs while carrying his son, and George Springer has an oblique strain.
MLB Breaking News: Kirby Yates Done for the Season
Kirby Yates, the recently acquired right-handed relief pitcher will miss the 2021 season with an elbow injury that will likely require Tommy John surgery. Blue Jays general manager told the media on Monday afternoon that the 33-year old has already had an MRI and will likely need Tommy John surgery, which means his season will be over before he can make his debut for the team.
Kirby Yates was closing in on cementing his name as the Blue Jays closer to begin the season, he pitched in two games during grapefruit league action accumulating two strikeouts, and allowed no runs in 2.1 innings.
MLB Breaking News: Robbie Ray Slips on Stairs with his Son
Right-handed pitcher Robbie Ray is doubtful for the opening of the 2021 season after he slipped on a set of stairs while holding his son. Robbie Ray"s son is perfectly okay and did not sustain any injuries, however, Robbie suffered a bruised elbow.
This will bring the 29-year-old"s spring training to an end and will leave his availability to begin the season in New York in jeopardy. The Blue Jays hope that will be the only game he will miss.
MLB Breaking News: George Springer Grade 2 Oblique Strain
George Springer has been diagnosed with a grade 2 oblique strain following an MRI. After feeling some mild tightness in his oblique the team has shut down the recently acquired outfielder with hopes he will be available for opening day against the Yankees. General Manager Ross Atkins remains optimistic that George Springer will be available when the 2021 season begins, but only time will tell.
George Springer signed as a free agent this offseason and inked the richest contract in Toronto Blue Jays history. He was off to a great start in Grapefruit League play, he appeared in 10 games and took 25 at-bats, George had six hits, one home run, two runs batted in, two stolen bases, and a .240 batting average. The Blue Jays will hope for a quick recovery and for George Springer to make his debut for the team on April 1st.
Blue Jays pitching depth depleted
The Toronto Blue Jays have gone from having a strong pool of pitchers to now wondering if they need to add a couple more arms for the 2021 season. With multiple Pitchers now injured and likely to miss the beginning of the season it"s time for Ross Atkins to decide who is available and who the team can add before opening day.
The Blue Jays staff will have their hands full over the next few days to acquire some depth or possibly even upgrades if available on the market. The Blue Jays received some good news on pitchers Nate Pearson and Thomas Hatch amidst all the recent injuries that continue to hinder the ball club.
It appears as if both players are progressing well in their rehab and general manager Ross Atkins reports that Thomas Hatch will not miss any significant time due to his injury sustained a week ago in grapefruit league play.
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