June 17, 2009
We don't actually know a whole lot more about Scott Downs(notes) today than we knew on Tuesday night, when he was hopping down the first base line in Philadelphia, looking like a man in need of a courtesy runner. X-rays on Downs' left foot came back negative and there's an MRI scheduled.
MLB.com's Jordan Bastian isn't too optimistic: "There is a realistic chance Downs will wind up on the disabled list."
Following the game, manager Cito Gaston sounded like a man who was completely blindsided by interleague play. He also wasn't too happy that it became necessary (arguably) for his closer to bat. This from the Toronto Star:
Gaston resented having to play by National League rules, arguing that forcing pitchers to hit put American League teams at a disadvantage and endangered hurlers unaccustomed to the rigours of baserunning. ...
"That's what happens," said a disgusted Gaston. "My guys don't take batting practice every day and they don't run, so things like this are going to happen."
Perhaps some light running wouldn't be the worst idea. You know...to prepare for baserunning's rigours.
If you're chasing saves, Jason Frasor(notes) should be next in line for saves in the Toronto bullpen. He's been just as effective as Downs this season (1.90 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 4 W, 1 SV, 3 HD). Deposed closer BJ Ryan(notes) can't yet be ruled out, though. Ryan hasn't allowed a run in six June appearances, but he's only struck out two batters in his last seven innings.
Update, 4:30 pm CDT: Downs has officially hit the DL according to the Star.
The Jays closer suffered a sprained left toe Monday in Philadelphia while running out a ground ball. Downs apparently suffered the injury on his first step out of the batters' box. ... The Jays were forced to place Downs on the 15-day DL as well today, with a retroactive date to Tuesday.
"I feel a lot better," Halladay said. "It's just that I feel a little bit of tightness." ... The right-hander will be eligible to be activated from the DL by June 28, and he hopes to be ready by then.
Update No. 2, 9:00 pm CDT: It's officially official. Frasor is the add:
While Downs recovers on the DL, Gaston said right-hander Jason Frasor will be turned to as the primary closer. Replacing Downs on the roster will be right-hander Jeremy Accardo(notes), who has posted a 3.38 ERA in 21 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Ryan got some work today in a situation where he couldn't do much damage. Note the results:
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