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.
The @BlueJays place SERGIO SANTOS on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain. A corresponding move will be announced later today.
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) May 12, 2014
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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