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Sergio Santos needs another arm surgery

May 14, 2013, 4:46 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

Sergio Santos missed nearly all of last season following shoulder surgery and after just five appearances this season he’s going back under the knife, as the Blue Jays announced that he’ll undergo surgery to “clean out” bone chips/spurs from his elbow.

As far as elbow surgeries go that’s a pretty minor one, but given Santos’ health history it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he’s sidelined for longer than usual. For now at least the Blue Jays are saying only that they expect him to pitch again this season.

Acquired from the White Sox in December of 2011 with the idea that he’d become the Blue Jays’ long-term closer, Santos has appeared in a total of 11 games for Toronto while Casey Janssen has taken over as the ninth-inning man.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    So far Santos has been unproductive; however, the prospect traded to Chicago was also injured last season and so far this season remains a minor league “suspect”.

    Janssen has only given up one earned run this season, so the Jays are in much better shape in the 9th inning than teams such as Boston and Detroit..

    • vanmorrissey - May 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Scoreboard:

      Boston 22-16

      Detroit 21-15

      Toronto 15-24

      I’d worry more about those numbers than who’s pitching your ninth inning.

      • proudlycanadian - May 14, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        The season is young and Boston seems to be in a free fall. They have only won 2 of their last 10.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 15, 2013 at 4:34 AM

        …..because nothing says “season over” like a bad two-week strectch in the middle of May.

    • ezthinking - May 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      So far the Jays have paid Santos $1 million in 2012 for 5 innings and are paying $2.75 mil this season where they have gotten 4.1 innings. I think the White Sox are ahead on this deal even if Molina never makes it out of the minors.

      • proudlycanadian - May 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Who knows what 2014 will bring.

      • ezthinking - May 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        $3.75 million more spent for ’14. The problem is the bargain part of his contract is getting ate up with injury leaving the $750,000 buyout or the club options that double and triple this year’s salary. Since he came up as a position player, maybe his arm just can’t handle the stress of pitching.

        But I like your optimism.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      the 9th inning is the least you have to worry about

  2. vanmorrissey - May 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Hear ya’, PC. Thing is, no one seems to say anything about Toronto coming back in games lately or putting a thumping on teams like they have. Quietly, they may be turning it around. As you say, season is young. May be just a matter of getting all the new parts working together as a cohesive unit which always takes time. I would not bet against the Jays making a run.

    • proudlycanadian - May 14, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      I know. Nobody remembers that on their recent road trip, the Jays just won 2 out of three against the Red Sox and came back from a 7 run deficit against the Rays.

  3. paint771 - May 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    For all that has gone wrong with Toronto in its terrible start, weirdly seemingly the only thing that has gone right is 9th inning pitching. Janssen has just been dynamite this year, and has quietly become one of the most effective closers in the game. Santos, meanwhile, has been a non-factor anyway in his time in Toronto, although come on if you were the GM at the time you would have made that White Sox deal in a second too (and even with hindsight I’d probably STILL take it).

    So, for all that the Jays bad news, I’m pretty “meh” about this.

    Of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ve probably jinxed poor Casey to get hit by a bus or something.

    • proudlycanadian - May 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Not likely. Based on your track record, I see no indication that you have jinxed anyone, especially the Cardinals.

  4. js20011041 - May 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    You know, for all of the praise and adulation Alex Anthopolous has gotten in Toronto, this trade is just another in an increasingly lengthy list of moves that have blown up in his face. He is either staggeringly unlucky or he’s simply not nearly as good as most of us thought he was. He got a ton of praise for the Vernon Wells trade, but then promptly traded Mike Napoli for a closer. And not even a particularly good one at that. He acquired Colby Rasmus, in a move that, though I liked it at the time, hasn’t worked out. St. Louis got key pieces to a World Championship team, meanwhile Rasmus has been sub-replacement level for the past two plus years. The Santos trade hasn’t worked out. He didn’t give up a ton of top talent to the Marlins for Reyes/Johnson/Buerhle, but considering the contracts he took on, that’s been a bad trade so far. But, as bad as that trade has been, it’s been far better than the Dickey trade. Anthopolous gutted what was one of the better farm systems in baseball for a 38 year old knuckleballer coming off a career year.

    • proudlycanadian - May 14, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      Oh ye of little faith. The Jays are coming around. They hammered the Red Sox by 12 to 4 in their last game and at the end of 7 tonight, they have a 10 to 2 lead over the defending World Series champs. There is a lot of baseball still to be played.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Yea have some faith the jays might be able to better the astros for the worst record in the AL. As for Sergio he might as well take all the time he wants, the ship is sinking…

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