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R.A. Dickey will make weekend start after MRI exam

May 1, 2013, 4:36 PM EST

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey looks towards the New York Yankees dugout after Yankees Lyle Overbay hit a go ahead two-run home run during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

R.A. Dickey has been bothered by neck and back problems for most of the season, but an MRI exam showed no structural damage and the Blue Jays announced that he’s expected to take his normal turn in the rotation Saturday against the Mariners.

Toronto manager John Gibbons told John Lott of the National Post that Dickey has merely “a little inflammation.” However, while that definitely qualifies as positive news it doesn’t change the fact that Dickey has mostly struggled this year with a 4.50 ERA in 36 innings and the knuckleballer has admitted that the discomfort limits him on the mound at times.

  1. scrock25 - May 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Hahaha… anybody who’s anybody could have seen this coming.

    I don’t care how nice of a guy he is. GTFO RA Dickey.

    • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Man, you don’t know how right you are but for the wrong reasons. RA did much the same last season: opened the first month like a lame duck and went on from there to win the Cy Young. So yeah, Get The F*ck Out and pitch, RA Dickey.

  2. xavier46 - May 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    He’s gotta get it done against Saunders and the M’s right? It’ll be a strong sign for how things will shake out for him this year.

  3. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I’m sure the Jays are torn over this news.

    • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Nope. He did this last season, too. I guess it takes a few starts to get that KB just right.

  4. ocon171 - May 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Saw this coming? Also I believe this “rough start” is nearly identical to how he started last year…..

    • flamethrower101 - May 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Actually you’re right, it is.

      First 5 starts of 2012: 4.45 ERA, 10 BB, 28 K’s.
      Rest of the way: 2.48 ERA, 44 BB, 202 K’s. And that includes June where he pitched to an ERA under 1 and threw consecutive 1-hitters to TB and BAL.

      Only noticeable difference besides the fact he’s pitching his home games in a stadium with a retractable roof: last year there were no expectations for him, at least not to the extene he’s getting this year. Last year, he was just known as a journeyman who had finally found a place as a solid pitcher. Now he’s a reigning 20-game winner and Cy Young winner with a lot of pressure as the established ace of a revamped rotation. It’s understandable if he’s feeling some pressure.

      Here’s hoping he gets it together like he did last year.

      • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        ooops. My bad. Steppin’ on your feets there, mang. Carry on.

  5. ditto65 - May 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I blame the Yankees :-P

  6. scoocha - May 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Of course he declares he’s hurt once he starts getting shelled. Never would have pulled this in NL.

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