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Jon Rauch done for season, may need surgery for knee injury

Sep 12, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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

Jon Rauch made his way back from an emergency appendectomy, but now the Blue Jays reliever has been shut down for the season with a knee injury.

Rauch was placed on the disabled list with torn cartilage in his right knee and is expected to eventually undergo surgery.

Rauch had an up-and-down season in Toronto, working as both a setup man and closer while throwing 52 innings with a 4.85 ERA that’s the worst of his career. He posted a decent 36/14 K/BB ratio, but Rauch served up 11 homers in just 225 plate appearances after giving up just three homers in 245 plate appearances for the Twins last year.

Toronto has a $3.75 million option or $250,000 buyout on Rauch for next season, but the free agent reliever market projects to be deep enough that declining figures to be their best move even if they wouldn’t mind having him back in 2012.

  1. cur68 - Sep 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    I wish Jon well in his recovery and in free agency. That is all.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I was wondering why he has not been used lately. He will not be back with the Jays next year.

  3. SmackSaw - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    He’s too damn fat!

  4. dailyrev - Sep 12, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    That pen basically needs to be rebuilt. They can go inside and FA combined, but they need to make that hot stove project #1. If they come into ’12 with a viable closer and a couple of solid setup boys, then guess what, this team could contend in that div, roughly as TB is doing right now. The kid at 3b, Lawrie, looks for real, and they have just barely enough offense around Bautista to keep him from having 4 PA’s every game and 3 walks. Which brings up a huge question they’ll need to answer: is Encarnacion for real and is he worth extending? Otherwise, there’s promise in their rotation — Romero, Cecil, Alvarez, and the guy who just came back from the DL and was throwing 96 over the weekend. Oh, and they have an outstanding manager. Nobody talks much about Farrell, but he’s a good one.

    • missthemexpos - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      Good point concerning Farrell. I would say not hearing too much talk about a rookie manager is a good thing.

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