Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos (21) pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Pittsburgh won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays place Sergio Santos on disabled list

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the season with what seemed to be an overflowing depth chart at the closer spot. Incumbent Casey Janssen was coming off of a quality season despite some injury concerns, and flame-throwing right-hander Sergio Santos was waiting in the wings after an impressive 2013 campaign that featured sky-high strikeout numbers throughout. Unfortunately for Toronto, though, Janssen’s recent return is now mitigated by Santos heading to the disabled list.

To be fair, Santos “earned” this trip to the 15-day DL, as he has posted a 9.00 ERA this season as he has battled well-chronicled control issues. The 30-year-old Santos has 11 walks in just 12 innings this season (yikes) and even with a strikeout rate in the stratosphere, that is basically impossible to overcome.

Elbow strains are sometimes worrisome in the long term, especially for pitchers, but the hope in Toronto is that this will be a short-term stint on the disabled list that won’t require surgery. Toronto is in decent shape with Casey Janssen in the 9th inning, but if he falters, the depth has taken a hit with the loss of Santos.

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