Blue Jays place starter J.A. Happ on 10-day DL with left elbow inflammation

Blue Jays place Happ on 10-day disabled list

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays are optimistic injured starters J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez will be able to return to the lineup shortly after their stints on the 10-day disabled list are complete.

Happ was placed on the DL Tuesday with left elbow inflammation, a move that was retroactive to Monday. The Sanchez move, due to a nagging blister issue, was made Sunday but retroactive to Saturday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Happ’s exit midway through Sunday’s 11-4 loss to Baltimore gave everyone a scare.

“They did an MRI and actually it looked pretty good,” he said. “There’s just some inflammation in there (and nothing more), which is big. We figure put him on that 10-day DL, get him through that and let it calm down.”

Happ, a veteran southpaw, won 20 games last season but is 0-3 this year with a 4.50 earned-run average.

“I think looking long-term it’s actually really good news compared to what it could have been and maybe what I thought it was leaning toward,” Happ said. “It’s good news. I don’t want to go on the DL, but hopefully … this has the potential to be (one missed start), get back right after the 10 days.”

The Blue Jays also provided an update on Sanchez’s finger issue. A portion of nail was removed from his right middle finger on Monday during a procedure performed by Dr. Glenn Goldstein in Kansas City.

“They just take a portion of that nail, right around where the blister was and just cut it back,” Gibbons said. “The guys (Goldstein) has done it (to) have had no problem and it heals up pretty quick.”

Sanchez was 15-2 last season and led the American League with a 3.00 ERA. In two starts this year, he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

Sanchez was expected to resume throwing in the coming days, the team said.

Gibbons said it’s possible the young right-hander could be back next week in St. Louis, but it’s more likely he’ll return for a three-game home set starting April 28 against Tampa Bay.

Toronto will need to use triple-A callups this Friday and Saturday at Anaheim. Those roster moves will likely be announced in the coming days.

The Blue Jays did recall utilityman Ty Kelly and right-hander Danny Barnes from triple-A Buffalo before Tuesday’s home game against the Boston Red Sox.

Barnes takes the roster spot of left-hander Matt Dermody, who was optioned to the Bisons on Monday. 

Toronto entered play Tuesday against the Red Sox with a 2-10 record, the worst mark in the major leagues.

“From our end of it, you’re always concerned when you go through ruts,” Gibbons said. “I know people don’t want to hear it, but it’s very, very early. But you’ve got to put an end to it. You can’t dig too deep a hole, I mean the division is too good.

“Really the whole American League is too good. There’s too many good teams. So we need to turn it around quickly, that’s for sure.”

———

Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.

 

Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(BC Conservation Service)
Hunter charged, fined for poaching immature moose in West Kelowna

Richard Fischer pled guilty to two charges under the BC Wildlife Act

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

Central Okanagan Board of Education chair Moyra Baxter and school district administrator/CEO Kevin Kaardal. (File photo)
Promise of new schools will bring change for Central Okanagan students

New high schools in Glenmore and Westside will cause student shifting when built

(Big White Ski Resort photo)
13 more cases of COVID-19 tied to Big White Mountain cluster

This brings the total case count to 175, of which 32 cases are active

RCMP on scene at a home on Sylvania Cres. (Phil McLachlan /Capital News/FILE)
Two Kelowna men arrested after Rutland home invasion

Two Kelowna men, including a prolific offender, facing slew of potential charges

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

A COVID-19 outbreak at Vernon's Heritage Square long-term care home has claimed seven people. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Two more COVID-19 deaths at Vernon care home

Heritage Square has now lost seven people due to the outbreak

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Most Read