As hard as it is to imagine, the Toronto Blue Jays' pitching woes just got worse.
Drew Hutchison left Friday's start after just nine pitches with soreness in his right elbow.
The extent of his injury won't be known until he undergoes tests. Hutchison pitched just two-thirds of an inning before the bullpen completed a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies.
He is the third Toronto starter in four games to make an early exit because of injury. The other two are on the 15-day disabled list.
Brandon Morrow left in the first inning of Monday's 6-3 loss to the Washington Nationals with a strained left oblique. Kyle Drabek left Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Nationals with ligament damage to his right elbow, and he might require a second Tommy John surgery after having one performed in 2007 when he was a minor-leaguer with the Phillies.
An MRI showed a tear in Drabek's ulnar collateral ligament. He was being sent to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for confirmation.
"In talking with him a couple of times (Thursday), he was down," manager John Farrell said. "This is someone that already experienced a Tommy John surgery previous and the rehab that follows that.
"What's unique about this one is that even when he felt the sensation on the mound, afterwards he had good strength, and he has good range of motion in here (Friday) with little discomfort at all. So the need for a second opinion was there, but as a pitcher and what he went through, it's natural to assume the worst, and that had him dejected.
"The MRI shows an injured ligament, and yet at the same time, his symptoms aren't consistent with a tear. You would have a guy that would either have swelling or he would be very sore when you go through a range of motion or you put some stress on the elbow to test the ligament."
General manager Alex Anthopoulos said, "It's always tough. You realize it can happen. No one is going to feel sorry for you. We've seen injuries across the game. They finally hit us in the middle of June, but hopefully we have some guys who come up and do a good job for us."