What is it exactly? Good question.
Still tired, discomfort or pain? Let’s name what we’re talking about here.
“I would use the fatigue, maybe I wouldn’t use the pain,” manager Charlie Montoyo said ahead of a 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. “Because the pain, you can not play. I wouldn’t call it pain.
Well, Springer isn’t playing games, anyway, and communicating clearly about what’s going on with the $ 150 million man would help quell the growing unease about his status. The use of vague language the past few days has created a little void – did he come back too soon, was he still injured from the start – and if he just has lingering fatigue in the quad, he’s gone. strained last month and only returned from the last week, there is no need to talk about the matter.
Because persistent fatigue would readily explain the gray area surrounding Springer in recent days. The fatigue suggests he’s not injured enough to make the injured list, but not healthy enough to play without the risk of worsening the quad and turning it into a more serious injury.
In such a scenario, playing out his status on a day-to-day basis makes sense, allowing him to pick up the action the moment he bounces back. Playing a few games with a shortened bench is a good compromise if Springer only needs a few days rather than the mandatory 10s on the IL.
Nonetheless, given that he has only played four games since his activation last week, caught his quad on Saturday while coming up the line, came out early Sunday and is not yet strong enough to play on the pitch, why not make him take the 10- day expiration? What’s the downside to giving him time to recover more fully so he can come back and play the outfield as well?
“Because he was able to swing the bat when he came back,” Montoyo said. “The goal was that he was going to play in the outfield. Sunday he was feeling tired. Before that, he felt good. You could see it on the plate. He was swinging the bat well, hitting bombs. Everything was going well until this Sunday when he felt tired. He didn’t shoot anything. He just felt it a bit, so we’ve been patient ever since.
How much longer can the Blue Jays do that, with the team in the middle of 10 straight games and managing a bench two, is an interesting question. The Blue Jays’ rotational instability makes a 14-player launch staff essential at the moment, although with Robbie Ray starting on Wednesday and Hyun-Jin Ryu due to return on Thursday, that need could become less acute.
Anthony Kay provided four innings of work on Tuesday, with the damage against him all coming in a fateful second in which Sean Murphy and Matt Chapman opened with back-to-back singles, Jed Lowrie doubled them at home and Mitch Moreland followed with a two-point circuit.
The 26-year-old southpaw continues to be a top-down option for the Blue Jays, who see him as a starter rather than a reliever, Montoyo said. Lowrie’s double and Moreland’s homeroom came on four tailors while a cutter which was his main secondary option played to better effect.
“It was pretty good today,” Kay said. “I had a few strikeouts on it, I had the double play (by Vimael Machin to finish fourth), so I think that’s about exactly where I want it to be. Hopefully this can be pretty solid ground. I think it will help to play the fastball. “
Trent Thornton followed with 2.2 innings of work at once, a run before Ty Tice exhausted the final 1.1 frames, providing much needed respite from an overly busy pen.
That they kept things close and gave the offense a chance to pull things off against an efficient Cole Irvin was a bonus, even if the southpaw wouldn’t let them come off the mat during his eight innings. The Blue Jays only managed three hits against him, including two in the sixth when Santiago Espinal made a single and Marcus Semien doubled him at home and struck out nine times.
“I heard Guillermo (Martinez, the batting coach) preach trying to go the other way, stay back and all that, but it’s easier said than done,” Montoyo said. “This is what we think. We just couldn’t make an adjustment. So the guy deserves a lot of credit for throwing us off balance. “
A deep start to a game feels like fantasy for the Blue Jays right now, although good news has come from Trenton, NJ, where Nate Pearson allowed a run on four hits and a walk with eight. strikeouts in 3.2 innings during Buffalo’s triple-A season opener.
Getting the best prospect back into shape would help stabilize and increase the rotation, which in turn would help an offense that is not yet totally unsuccessful.
Springer, obviously, would help tremendously, but after doing his pre-game on Tuesday, that hasn’t changed much.
” Not great. Not bad, ”that’s how Montoyo described the session. “But it’s still day to day. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.