The Toronto Blue Jays have been hit with a string of injuries that has made them desperate for starting pitching help. Just how desperate is a bit shocking.
The Jays have discussed a trade for a man who has been the worst starting pitcher in baseball this season.
Rumor has it Toronto has had trade talks with the Colorado Rockies about Jeremy Guthrie, who has the worst ERA (7.02) among pitchers who’ve thrown at least 50 innings this season. Their rotation is so depleted after last week, it appears the Blue Jays are interested in any pitcher wit ha pulse they can get in uniform as quickly as possible.
Toronto starts a three-game series at the Milwaukee Brewers today, as Henderson Alvarez will take the hill to face the Brewers. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their starting pitcher for the next two games. The two other starters in their rotation, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil, both pitched over the weekend.
Internal candidates for a spot start include Carlos Villanueva, Aaron Laffey and Robert Coello. The Blue Jays play 20 games over the next 21 days heading into the All-Star break, so they’re going to need a five-man rotation.
At 34-32, the Blue Jays are still very much in the mix but these injuries could eventually serve as a finishing blow. Both Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchinson will be examined today to see if they require season-ending Tommy John surgery. Brandon Morrow is expected to need two months to rehab from a strained oblique muscle.