THIS AFTERNOON THE BLUE JAYS ANNOUNCED THEY WILL PLACE STEVE PEARCE ON THE 10-DAY DISABLED LIST WITH RIGHT CALF TIGHTNESS
During Sunday’s series finale against the Seattle Mariners, after hitting a double to right-centre field in the second inning, Steve Pearce would limp off the field following his slide into second base. Ezequiel Carrera replaced him for the remainder of the game, taking over his spot in left field. Looks like Carrera will stay in left field for the foreseeable future as the Blue Jays announced today that Pearce will be placed on the 10-day disabled list with right calf tightness.
Steve Pearce has been placed on the 10-day DL (right calf strain).
RHP Leonel Campos has been recalled from the @BuffaloBisons.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 15, 2017
Pearce has started the season off slowly. After his first 27 games, he was batting .205/.256/.373, with four home runs, and 10 runs batted in. Also, he’s also been pretty unspectacular defensively in the outfield. The 34-year-old was looked upon to potentially fill in as an everyday outfielder this year, but overall he has served as a utility bat off the bench as Carrera has taken over the role as full-time left fielder. Pearce has bounced between the minors and majors a lot over the years and has also dealt with a lot of injuries. He’s only played over 100 games in a season once in his 10 year major league career. Pearce is a decent platoon piece, with the ability to play multiple positions, hit lefties well, and provide a less significant drop-off when everyday players need rest. Let’s hope Carrera continues to hit because he most likely be playing everyday for the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays will certainly miss Pearce’s depth as the string of bad injury news continues for the Jays. There is hope on the horizon. Troy Tulowitzki plans to return this week and is making rehab stint starts down in Dunedin. Josh Donaldson is set to return soon, but the Blue Jays won’t risk rushing him back, and his ETA still remains unknown for the most part. J.A. Happ and Francisco Liriano’s timetables continue to be a question mark, even though Happ should start throwing off a mound next week if all goes well.
At this point, we can only hope the calf issue Pearce is facing isn’t anything serious. The Blue Jays are becoming very thin when it comes to late-game bats. The Blue Jays only have two players on their bench for the upcoming home and home against the Atlanta Braves. The Blue Jays have called up right handed pitcher Leonel Campos from the Buffalo Bisons to fill in the roster spot for the time being.
A corresponding move to get another position player up from Buffalo will probably be made over the next little while, my best guess would be Darrell Ceciliani gets the call up. The 26-year-old has had a very slow start to the season in Buffalo this year, batting .125/.160/.139 in 20 games. He most likely won’t see starts if he gets called up, but some pinch hitting situations playing in National League games in Atlanta this week are almost certain. He also played 13 games with the Blue Jays last year as an injury replacement, getting three hits in 29 plate appearances. Stay tuned to Jays From the Couch for more roster updates as the week goes on!
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