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Maicer Izturis diagnosed with ligament tear in knee; expected to miss 4-6 months

Apr 14, 2014, 6:17 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays were dealt a tough blow to their infield today, as John Lott of the National Post reports that Maicer Izturis was diagnosed with a complete tear of the LCL (lateral collateral ligament) in his left knee. Surgery is expected and includes a recovery time of 4-6 months, potentially ending his season.

It was a freak injury for Izturis, as he tripped on a step in the dugout while walking to the bat rack during yesterday’s win over the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. According to Jeff Seidel of MLB.com, he felt two pops in his knee.

Izturis was off to a solid start this season, hitting .286 (10-for-35) with one double, one RBI, and one stolen base over 11 games. Ryan Goins, who is hitting .107 (3-for-28) this season, figures to get most of the playing time at second base for now.

  1. spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Daniel Norris for Nick Franklin.

    • Reflex - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      I’d rather the M’s try Franklin out in LF and see what happens. They need a corner outfielder with power much more than they need yet another pitching prospect. Also a 21 year old with questionable control at high A does not seem like a great return…

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        So where does Ackley go? I agree they don’t need another pitching prospect as much as a corner outfielder/first baseman, but Toronto doesn’t have any, and they aren’t going to give up Sanchez or Stroman, and Osuna is out with TJ surgery.

        The Franklin idea in left or center is certainly attractive, but they have to decide to either find a place for him to play or move him, but only for an equal exchange. His recent success in Tacoma might help.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        A highly touted prospect in his draft year, Norris (a 20 year old lefty) changed his delivery in the second half of 2013 and his command improved greatly. Over 11 innings this season, he has 11 K’s , 1 BB and a 0.82 ERA. He is not for sale and the Jays do not need Franklin.

      • Reflex - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        Spud -

        If you believe Almonte is real, then they are fine. I am not willing to take that bet, honestly. I also don’t really believe in Seager. I like Hart at DH better than in RF, and Morrison I don’t have much faith in. There is plenty of space for another good bat. In my ideal world they’d keep Franklin and play him in RF/LF, 3B or DH, and perhaps spell Cano at 2B every so often(sliding Cano over to DH).

        PC – The Jays certainly need something more than the aging fragile players they’ve assembled. I’m not saying they need Franklin exactly, but insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Good young position players would go a long way for them and Franklin is himself a highly touted prospect. As for Norris, enjoy him. I don’t see a need for him in Seattle, and quite frankly 11IP is a pretty ridiculous sample size to draw any sort of conclusions from. No offense, but the Jays are the absolute worst team to be drawing prospect pitchers from, they have demonstrated zero ability to scout or develop decent young pitching, and even the young pitchers they acquire in trades tend to be net negatives (think Morrow). If Atlanta or Tampa Bay wanted to offer a prospect pitcher for Franklin that might be worth looking into. Toronto? No way.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    When people walk and chew gum at the same time, bad things happen.

    • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Cleats on concrete is a recipe for disaster. Make them outta wood.

      • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        I always felt more apprehensive going down into a dugout. The added momentum of stepping down after running off the field plus the treads were often too short to get all of my spikes on them.

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        I cannot tell from your comment if you agree or not. My guess is yes. It was always uncomfortable, which I think iis your point.

  3. proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    The Jays will be just fine without Izturis. Isturis was getting a lot of playing time because of the injury to Reyes. Reyes is expected to come off the DL this weekend. Goins will move back to second base and Diaz will play shortstop until Reyes returns. Goins is a much better defensive player than Izturis. For now, Kawasaki will be the reserve infielder.

    • straightouttavtown - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Rather have Izturis in the lineup than Goins. Goins can’t hit a lick and should be nothing more than defensive replacement.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Lets agree to disagree. As far as I am concerned, Izturis can’t field a lick.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Last season Izturis was a slightly better second baseman (.975) than third baseman (.968) or shortstop (.961). He hadn’t committed an error so far this season. This isn’t Ozzie Smith level play but it’s certainly competent. Goins has been lost at the plate since spring training. Reyes can’t come back soon enough.

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