“After getting everyone’s opinions for his elbow, he decided the best way forward was Tommy John’s surgery,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “The decision was made today, so he will be leaving us tomorrow.
Giles, who turned 30 on Sunday, has been limited to just four games this season due to elbow issues. After initially sustaining an elbow injury in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, Giles returned to the mound for two appearances in September before returning to the injured list.
Giles will become a free agent after this season. In two and a half seasons leading up to the Toronto primary, he made 38 saves in 78 games with a 2.86 ERA and 111 strikeouts.
“He was an excellent club leader. He was awesome, I loved the guy, ”Montoyo said. “When he was on the mound, when he was healthy, he was one of the best relievers in baseball.
In other Blue Jays injury news, pitchers Nate Pearson and Anthony Kay both pitched live batting practices on Monday and reliever Jordan Romano is expected to pitch one on Tuesday.
Pearson, who has been out since Aug. 19 with an elbow injury, threw about 25 pitches in two innings on Monday and the team will reassess their progress on Tuesday.
“He looked good today,” Montoyo said.
The manager added that first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit the cage on Monday and jogged “slowly” as he recovered from a knee injury.