R.A. Dickey has labored through an inconsistent stint with the Toronto Blue Jays thus far. That is not to say he has not pitched well at times since his arrival in 2013. He has shown signs of the dominance that earned him a National League Cy Young award back with the New York Mets; it just has not been as consistent as both parties hoped it would be.
As far as the story of Toronto’s successful 2014 season thus far, Dickey has emerged as of late. It is a relief, then, that he will not be forced to miss any time after he experience tightness in his groin on Saturday night.
According to David Wilson of MLB.com:
On Sunday morning, pitching coach Pete Walker said he doesn’t expect the knuckleballer to miss any games.
“He was optimistic he’d be ready for his next start,” Walker said.
…”It was a real mild tightness,” Dickey said on Saturday. “Gives me some optimism.”
A day later, Dickey said he felt fine, but “a little sore.” He’s grateful that the Blue Jays are off on Monday, so his next start can come on an extra day of rest.
The Blue Jays are wrapping up a key divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles and headed for another against the New York Yankees this week. With the long grind of the summer officially upon us, these are the kinds of stretches where contending teams have to show the ability to consistently win series, especially in the division.
Thankfully for the Blue Jays, they will embark upon that stretch with Dickey still in the rotation.