Jays From the Couch caught up with Toronto Blue Jays’ INF, Ryan Goins, to chat about pitching and returning from injury.
It is a beautiful day at Coca-Cola Field on a hot steamy Monday in July where the Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins, bat in hand, takes BP. There is little evidence left of the arm injury that had him placed on the 15-day DL after the very long 19-inning Canada Day game against the Cleveland Indians. The game, a heartbreaking loss after such a long battle, had Goins turn in his bat for a ball to pitch relief in the 18th inning. He didn’t do so bad, pitching himself into a ground out double play.
It was by the 18th inning that Toronto had gone through their entire bullpen, the club enlisting the help of two infielders to pick up the slack, Darwin Barney the other player chosen. The sold out crowd at the Rogers Centre watched in disbelief as their second baseman started to warm up. Not a single strike was thrown during that warm-up.
Goins did step up to the plate – pardon the pun – for the Blue Jays, and surprised many by tossing a scoreless 18th inning, escaping a bases-loaded situation. Though he started by surrendering a pair of singles, loading the bases with just one out, he somehow managed to induce an inning ending ground-out double play. He kept the Blue Jays in the game. It was the offense that just didn’t step up in the bottom of the 18th, leaving the Blue Jays in the unenviable position of having yet another position player step in for relief. Despite the loss, Goins is left with an ERA of 0.00 for his one inning of relief pitching to add to his stats.
Diagnosed with right forearm tightness, Goins was placed on the 15-day DL as a result. Jays From The Couch caught up with Goins in Buffalo to ask if he would ever pitch again if the club asked him to. His answer? An emphatic no.
“Never…no, no, I think my pitching days are over…no, not with how my arm feels, I don’t think I can handle it again. Naw, I think I’m going to shut it down at least for this year.”
Not a surprising answer given the fact that it has caused an injury that has taken him away from the Blue Jays for the time being. Perhaps, this will also give the Toronto Blue Jays a bit more reason to pause in the future. It might require some different bullpen management should situations like that arise again. Goins is anxious to get back to the Jays however, and is doing his part to get there.
“Oh ya, I’m ready,” He said. “You’re not being with the guys that you’ve been with all season and most of last year too as well. You kind of miss them and just kind of want to be back with them.”
Goins definitely stepped up to the plate for the Buffalo Bisons during his rehab assignment Monday, going 2-for-5, bringing in 3 runs in his third rehab game. He seems more than ready to make the trip back up the QEW to rejoin the Blue Jays, and the fans in Toronto are waiting to welcome him back.
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) July 19, 2016
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Catherine Stem is a Blue Jays fan and writer who has combined both of these great things by writing for Jays From the Couch. Through all the ups and downs of baseball, all aspects of the game are explored. Keeping a close eye on the Blue Jays Triple A team, the Buffalo Bisons has also become part of her make-up.