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Drew Hutchison avoids surgery on elbow, shut down for 4-6 weeks

Jun 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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Here’s some good news for the injury-riddled Blue Jays.

According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said this afternoon that Drew Hutchison will not require Tommy John surgery. Hutchison was recently diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he will be shut down for 4-6 weeks before resuming a throwing program.

There’s always the chance of a setback which would necessitate surgery, but Hutchison could rejoin the Jays later this season if the rehab process goes well. The 21-year-old right-hander made his major league debut two months ago and posted a 4.60 ERA and 49/20 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings prior to the injury.

The Blue Jays are also missing Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek at the moment, so they have their work cut out for them in order to stay afloat in the playoff race. Jesse Chavez, who gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Brewers, is being asked to make another start Sunday against the Marlins while Aaron Laffey will join the rotation to start Tuesday against the Red Sox.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Great news plus Morrow should return after the All Star Break. I still do not feel good about the upcoming starts for Chavez and Laffey.

    I also want to thank the Feesh for being good hosts early in tonight’s game. I sincerely hope that they continue to be generous during the rest of the game and the series.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Fish fans might be upset by the back to back bases loaded walks to Bautista and Encarnacion; however, I would think that in both cases, discretion was the better part of valour.

      Get well soon Hutchinson (a Floridian) and Morrow.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 23, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    great news, i have no doubt the bluegays will have last place locked up just as i predicted before the season started

    • mrcanada1968 - Jun 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Harry…..Did you also predict that the Jays would lose 3 starting pitchers to injury in the span of one week?! How would any team do after losing 3 pitchers from their rotation…especially in the AL East!!! You’re brilliant Harry!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Clown post Harry!

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