Blue Jays' Happ may miss just one start

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 17, with left elbow inflammation.

Happ exited in the fifth inning of Sunday's 11-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles due to soreness in the left elbow area. Aaron Sanchez (blister) is also out and the Blue Jays haven't said what they're going to do with their rotation moving forward.

While Happ is off to a bumpy start from a traditional statistical standpoint with an 0-3 record and 4.50 ERA, his underlying peripherals are outstanding - and he's certainly a part of the solution rather than the problem for Toronto.

It sounds like the injury-riddled Jays have dodged a bullet with this injury, as it remains to be seen if Happ will even land on the disabled list. Last season, he won 20 games for the first time in his career, going 20-4 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.169 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 195.0 innings. Toronto will have to turn the likes of Casey Lawrence, Mat Latos or T.J. House in the absence of Happ and Sanchez. The 20-game victor last season left his start Sunday during the fifth inning when he felt a tug in the elbow.

"I thinking 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", he said.

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. John Gibbons' side has had the worst start of all the Major League Baseball teams this season, with 11 losses (2-11 after Tuesday's loss), and now they will have to deal with a wave of injuries that threaten to make their already precarious situation a real nightmare.

That is what looks to be happening to the Toronto Blue Jays with a 2-10 start.

  • Julie Sanders