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R.A. Dickey leaves start with neck and back tightness

Apr 18, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A Dickey throws against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto. Reuters

According to Shi Davidi of, R.A. Dickey left his start against the White Sox tonight for precautionary reasons due to neck and back tightness. He was visited by a trainer after he struck out DeWayne Wise swinging for the second out in the sixth inning, but he stayed on to complete the frame. Esmil Rogers then came out to pitch the seventh.

It’s too bad, as Dickey was cruising through his best start as a member of the Blue Jays. The knuckleballer allowed just two hits and a walk over six shutout frames while notching a season-high seven strikeouts.

Dickey, who was acquired from the Mets during the offseason, owns a 4.30 ERA and 20/9 K/BB ratio in 23 innings over his first four starts this season. While the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner got off to a shaky start with his new club, he has allowed just one run combined over his last two outings.

UPDATE: Good news. According to John Lott of the Toronto Post, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons expects Dickey to make his next scheduled start.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Feel better Dickey

    • Sideline Mob - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      His neck, his back… we’re doing our best not to crack on R.A. Dickey with a filthy female rap song.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        *Holding milk shake….looking around the yard*

      • Sideline Mob - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        Well played, Buck Futter. Well played. (I think ya do, Trebek.)

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:40 AM

        Sorry, can’t be helped

      • Sideline Mob - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        This is amazing – wasn’t even the rap we were referring to. But it’s made our Friday.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Hope it’s nothing serious, he’s starting to find his groove over these last two starts. Funny how all the bandwagon Jays fans were declaring this season lost and booing Dickey off the field after the Boston game.

  3. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Hope it’s not serious!

    This season is beginning to feel like all the others for Toronto.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Like me, I am sure that you look forward to Lackey rejoining the Red Sox rotation.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        I prefer to worry about my own team. I could not care less what the Red Sox do.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Your nose just grew a few inches. In the Lackey thread you admitted that you were a Red Sox fan, which is something that we both knew anyways. Consequently, I am quite sure that you await the return of both Lackey and Hanrahan with trepidation.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        Wow. “Are you really that down on us already?”

        Us being the Toronto Blue Jays.

        You on board yet, pal?

        Glad I could spell that out for you.

      • xavier46 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        proudlycanadian – you troll the hell outta Boston entries! Evidently, you have more fear of the Red Sox than you do confidence in your beloved Blue Jays.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:23 AM

        Don’t be a hypocrite.

        You love trolling Red Sox fans on a daily basis, and now you’re getting all touchy when someone does the same to the Jays.

        Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.

        And actually…yeah, I am looking forward to Lackey’s return. He was wiping the floor with your team before his injury.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        I have no respect for the Red Sox management. Red Sox fans are a different matter. Most of them are passionate fans of their team and when the team struggles, they can be much more critical of the Red Sox than I can.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Fans dislike the current ownership group too, but we can’t do much about that.

        Boston sports fans are notorious for their pessimism and for being harder on their teams than even rivals.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      I love this guy whoever he is, yea i dont like the redsox but at least he has a sense of humor and hate the jays like i do. Hey thanks for sticking it to that idiot proudly!!! Cheers my friend!!

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Too early to know how serious the injury is. He was having a great game before he left. After a slow start to the season, he has won his last 2 games.

    Rajai Davis got the start in right field replacing Bautista and had a fine game. In one inning he stole both second and third off Sale before being driven in by Encarnacion. In another at bat, his double drove in Kawasaki who had been on first.

    • cur68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      I’d love to see Davis as a regular and Rasmus as a bench warmer from here out. Davis just brings much more with him. And how about Kawasaki San, eh? The kid’s making an impression. He’s good with the bat, the glove, the speed, the attitude and boy does he look like he’s having fun there. He’s not Jose Reyes but he’s not Nunez either.

      Audited The Empire loss to the D-backs. One of the play by play dudes mentioned how “no one but Ichiro swings and runs like that”. Wrong again, Sith Lord. Suzuki once did the young Kawasaki the immense honour of introducing Kawasaki to the rest of the Mariners as his little brother. That’s because anyone who’s watched ‘Saki will tell you he’s an Ichiro Clone. The swing, the seamless bolt down the line, even the pre-bat deep knee bend. He’s a lot of fun on the Beavz: I hope he sticks.

      • jaysjunkie - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

        Kawasaki has been a fantastic addition, cur68…a really nice silver lining to Reyes going down.

        I’m not a Colby Rasmus fan either. Yes, he plays an excellent defense and has some massive power at times – those damn Ks, though! I believe I heard during the game he was tied for the league lead in strikeouts. Davis strikes out too much as well and doesn’t get on base enough, but man, that speed of his can be a game changer.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        aww look its proudly’s other account cur68!! the next smart thing this idiot writes will be the first ive ever seen. this clown is a real homer on this board and he loves to point out the obvious!! congrats on being a nobody!! Oh and the jays aint going NOWHERE so get used to it son!!

      • nbjays - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        Hey Cur… dontcha just love how all the posts from Dirty Harry the Poo Flinger have one thumb-up… he makes an asinine post and immediately thumbs it up, to make it look like someone else here agrees with him. Case in point, his thinking that you and PC are the same person… SMH

        I henceforth change his official HBT handle to “Dirty Harry the Abysmally Stupid Poo Flinger”.

        BTW, I love me some Kawasaki playing at short… kid looks like he’s having an absolute blast out there. Should be fun seeing Ichiro playing against his Mini-Me this weekend.

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        I think the Ole Poo Flinger has been self-medicating again. I wonder if those dang kids have been chucking the ‘ludes into his habitat again? I wish they’d cut it out. Chimps have no self control as it is and on the ‘ludes they go pretty batty. Last time he got on the like this he started flinging his poo at HIMSELF. It was awful. Maybe the Man in the Yellow Hat will have to dry him out again? That’ll be ugly.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      yea yea yea, your team is toast buddy!! Just like the last 20+ years old man!! jays are done, no starting pitching, no bullpen and a very average offense, thats the reality of things old man!!

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Easy boy. Easy. Here. Have this nice tranquillizer filled banana….there ya go…Aw, SHOOT! Don’t go licking your fingers! You’ve been flinging your poo, your dumb monkey! Awwwww…..jeez….no wonder you stink like that…sigh

        Ok. Well, we’ll get the hose out. Again. And the scrubbing bubbles. Again. I think this time we’ll try oven cleaner on your tooth, too. Its looking pretty nasty.

        Jeez. Life at the zoo is rough….

  5. randygnyc - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    D O O M ! ! !

    • nbjays - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:27 AM

      We here on the bridge of the Beaverman Assault Cruiser Of the North – B.A.C.O.N. for short… (we all know that Death Stars are vastly overrated) scoff at your doom… with a miniscule d.

  6. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Gibbons expects Dickey to make next start.

  7. mdev1987 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Toronto AL east champs!!!! Good one eh?!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      that is a riot!! good luck with that pathetic pitching! hahahahahha

  8. evnest - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Probably some sort of infection/virus going around the clubhouse. What are the odds that Bautista and Dickey complain about having sore/stiff backs?

  9. jaysjunkie - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Dickey look pretty dominant last night, which is even more impressive when you consider the neck and back was apparently bothering him before the game began.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      sorry boy your starting pitching is going to get you NOWHERE!! Your team is a joke, bad pitching, bad bullpen, bad defense and a average offense!! Look at your record, its no fluke the jays are not gonna get better. they got one teams cast off’s and that team was not very good. they should be voted the biggest bust of 2013, the manager will be fired..he doesnt deserve it but he is taking the axe… the GM should be fired for making such terrible moves!!!

  10. sdelmonte - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    RA and D’Arnaud get hurt the same day. Weird.

    Someone better keep an eye on John Buck.

  11. scoocha - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    He’s smart, he knew the next inning would have been HR city against him. Just protecting what’s important to him – his ERA.

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