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Jon Rauch close to returning from emergency appendectomy

Aug 29, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

Jon Rauch is on the verge of rejoining the Blue Jays’ bullpen less than two weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Rauch has been cleared to throw a simulated game tomorrow and could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Thursday if everything goes well.

What role he’ll fill upon returning is unclear, as Rauch had been struggling prior to the DL stint and fill-in closer Frank Francisco has thrived in his absence.

Rauch has reportedly cleared waivers, but trading him by Wednesday would be pretty difficult (though not impossible).

  1. cur68 - Aug 29, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Aww Jeez, I thought I’d seen enough of this giant canker, yet here he is again. The dude was an awful closer even with an appendix, how is shedding that little piece off his cecum going to improve him, eh? Please, Yankees, anyone, even harpies, take him away.

  2. banksatdixie - Aug 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    The neck tat is NEVER a good idea.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    That’s a shame

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    The jays have a closer? Why? They never have the lead at the end of the game! below .500 crappy team!!

  5. schrutebeetfarms - Aug 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Aren’t all appendectomys of the emergency nature?

    I mean no one ever says, “I’m going to get my appendix taken it out 6 months from now.”
    It’s always either necessary or not. Some people wait longer than others but it seems redundant.

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