So far, this week has been another the Jays wish they could forget. After winning their first series after the All-Star Break at home against Cleveland, Toronto was swept out of New York today after a rain shortened game.
The current road trip was seen by many as the first huge test of the season for a young team already dealing with its share of injury blows. They were set to make their first trip to the Bronx, followed by a trip to Boston before heading home again next week. Not only was it a good chance to gain ground in the AL East and the Wild Card, but it was going to be an opportunity for the Jays to show the league that they can still compete regardless of what took place in the first half.
Then a foul ball off the bat of Jose Bautista happened. With his team down late on Monday night, Bautista stepped to the plate in the eighth inning and would leave after what looked like a regular swing. Good news came on Tuesday that even though Bautista was heading to the 15-day DL, he was only suffering from inflammation and not a broken bone or something requiring surgery.
Tuesday night’s game was a loss, although the team managed to avoid losing another member of the roster on top of losing the game. But their inability to bring home runners in scoring position wasted a decent start from Brett Cecil.
Hopes were higher for a win on Wednesday with Ricky Romero on the mound, especially since he looked to be regaining some of this old form in his last start against Cleveland. Romero’s first inning was very shaky, but he managed to calm down and throw a rain-shortened seven-inning complete game. The offense continued to leave runners in scoring position and the Jays never seemed to be able to capitalize on the, albeit few, chances the Yankees gave them to close the scoring gap.
But again, the main story of the day was another injury. Brett Lawrie has been listed day-to-day with a right calf contusion after taking a flying leap to catch a pop up in foul territory in the third inning. It was an incredibly scary moment watching Lawrie track the ball, eventually flipping over the padded railing and landing in the cement camera bay. His right leg struck an unpadded metal railing on his way down.
It was the type of moment where you forget about the game going on. The only thought is for the health of the player and luckily Lawrie was able to leave the field under his own power, with help from the Toronto training staff. With an off-day on Thursday, it might be a few days before the Jays are able to decide if their third baseman will also have to join their leader on the DL.
It’s probably safe to assume Toronto is hoping they can make through Boston without anyone else getting hurt.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
Self-professed baseball nerd, blogger, writer, tweeter, learning addict and once colour commentator. Celebrating over twenty years of love with the Toronto Blue Jays and the beautiful game of baseball. I also contribute to thegalsgotgame.com, a sports website for business women by women.