Toronto Blue Jays reliever, Bo Schultz will have elbow surgery, which all but sets the bullpen make up to start 2017
The Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen picture is starting to come into focus as Shi Davidi reports that Bo Schultz will undergo elbow surgery. That is obviously not good news when you’re talking about a man who throws baseballs for a living.
According to manager, John Gibbons, “He’s got a couple of (bone) chips in there and they’ll look at the ligament while they’re in there. Apparently, it isn’t clear whether there is any ligament damage. The doctors want to be able to get in and take a look at the full extent of the damage.
The best case scenario is that Schultz has some bone chips taken care of, which one has to think could put him out at least 6 weeks, but likely longer than that. Should there be ligament damage, his recovery time increases dramatically.
You might recall that Schultz had hip surgery, which put him out of the running for a job around this time last year. His luck just doesn’t seem to be all that great, does it? Here he is about to start a season again and he is going under the knife and missing out on a job in the club’s big league ‘pen.
This bit of news has some ripple effects that pretty much seal the left field wall door. All things considered, we can assume how the bullpen will look to start the 2017 season.
With Aaron Loup having a spring that many are calling very good, he looks to have secured the second lefty spot behind J.P. Howell. In 8 games (6.1 IP), Loup has put up 5 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.42. That means that there is only one spot remaining to fill out the bullpen.
That spot will likely go to Mike Bolsinger, who is out of options. Now, some will say that a team shouldn’t put so much stock into which guys are out of options and bring the best team North. Well, the counter to that is that teams tend to not want to lose guys on waivers if they don’t have to.
That aside, Bolsinger presents a guy who can provide multiple innings from the right side. And, to his credit, has had himself a decent spring. In 11.2 IP, he has 14 K’s and a 1.37 WHIP. It would appear that he has exactly what the team needs and could be part of ‘the best team’ to head North. Now, being out of options doesn’t automatically mean a guy makes the team. If he is absolutely terrible in Spring Training, you can bet he’ll hit the waiver wires. But, Bolsinger has given the club no reason to NOT take him.
It is also worth keeping in mind that the way a team starts a season means very little in the context of a full season. It is a marathon, not a sprint. So, should any of the bullpen pieces struggle (or, get hurt), there will be other options available to call up from the system. Guys like Tim Mayza, Chad Girodo and others from the group who have been recently shuffled will likely see time in Toronto.
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