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Even the pitchers the Jays send packing can’t stay healthy

Jun 26, 2012, 11:03 PM EST

Nestor Molina

The Blue Jays had yet another starter get hurt last night, with Henderson Alvarez leaving the game against Boston due to a sore elbow. He’s expected to avoid the DL, but the Jays already have three of his rotationmates there: Brandon Morrow (oblique), Kyle Drabek (elbow) and Drew Hutchinson (elbow).

Now comes word today that Nestor Molina, the top prospect the Jays parted with to get Sergio Santos (also injured) from the White Sox over the winter, has been placed on the DL at Double-A Birmingham with an elbow injury. His status is uncertain, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he misses a big chunk of the season.

FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi recently wrote a glowing article on the Blue Jays’ young arms, taking shots at Oakland’s 2002 “Moneyball draft” in the process. The Jays now employ more area scouts than any team in the league, and it might well be helping them identify talent other clubs have missed.

But the Jays have a great deal of their future tied up in young arms, which certainly creates the potential for heartbreak. They should know: they currently have six pitchers on the 60-day DL, and depending on how Alvarez’s elbow reacts this weekend, their next move might be to replace their 22-year-old right-hander with 49-year-old Jamie Moyer.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    They don’t really appear to be overusing their pitchers, none of the injured have had high pitch counts 120+ pitches in games, no short rest weeks, they’re all on innings limits as they’ve been for the past few years, it just seems like one of those freak things. What would be interesting to know is what happened to Alvarez, he tweaked his back in the 3rd inning and stayed in there, did his sore elbow come from compensating for that injury or has he been having lingering sore/dead arm issues as has been speculated in the media?

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    The White Sox have traded a sore armed pitcher to Toronto before. Did they also know that Santos was hurting? Payback is fair.

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