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Sergio Santos cleared to throw after shoulder injury

May 9, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Here’s some good news for Blue Jays fans who watched Francisco Cordero blow another save last night: Sergio Santos has been cleared to resume throwing after sitting out the past three weeks with shoulder inflammation.

There’s no word yet on when he might be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment, but Santos is working out at the Blue Jays’ extended spring training complex in Florida and testing the injury by throwing on back-to-back days.

Asked by Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com for a potential return timetable, manager John Farrell replied: “I would guess that’s probably still two weeks away.”

I’ll be interesting to see if Cordero can hang onto the fill-in closer gig for that long. He showed major signs of decline last season even while racking up 37 saves and Cordero has blown three of his five save chances while allowing 10 runs in 5.1 innings since replacing Santos in the ninth inning.

UPDATE: Well, that was quick. Cordero is already out as the Blue Jays’ closer.

  1. cur68 - May 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    This will be only news when he’s cleared to throw some damn strikes. Hey! Santos! Throw strikes, meat!

  2. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Short term, “Mighty” Casey Janssen has been named the interim closer.

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