Elbow Monster Strikes Toronto Blue Jays Again; Luis Perez Goes Down

By Thom Tsang

Update: Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has confirmed via a source that Luis Perez is in fact facing the worst-case scenario, and is done for the 2012 season with a torn UCL.


Here we go. Again.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to deal with life after the All-Star break without sophmore reliever Luis Perez, as the lefty exited this afternoon’s 11-9 against the Chicago White Sox with what is being called “left elbow tightness”. Going into his 2nd inning of work in the 7th inning, Perez gave up a double to Alex Rios to start the inning, before grabbing his elbow in visible discomfort after throwing his 28th pitch, one that was hit for a single by Alexi Ramirez. It wasn’t pretty (though I suppose is never is).

The 27-year old Perez has been one of the Blue Jays’ steadier relievers in the season, having posted a 3.07 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 41 innings in 2012 prior to today’s game. The team immediately placed him on the 15-day DL after the game, and manager John Farrell says that the lefty will be headed to Florida for further examination. I’m just going to go ahead and guess that he’ll be on the DL longer than the 15 days, even assuming he avoids the worst case scenario.

In case you weren’t keeping track, Perez now joins a stable of Blue Jays arms on the DL, one that includes fellow reliever Sergio Santos, and starting pitchers Drew Hutchinson, Kyle Drabek and Brandon Morrow. I don’t know what the team has done to wrong the Great Elbow (and shoulder, etc) God Of Baseball, but they can’t seem to shake the injury bug on the mound this season.

Well, time add a reliever to the wish list.

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