The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that starter Josh Johnson will miss his start against the New York Yankees due to right triceps tightness. The Jays will instead hand the ball to Aaron Laffey who was just claimed off waivers from the New York Mets.
The injury to Johnson is not thought to be serious and more of a precautionary measure, but time will tell. Johnson missed most of the 2011 season with shoulder inflammation as a member of the Miami Marlins. Perhaps the injury can explain the 6.86 era that Johnson has compiled over his first four starts
Laffey returns to the Blue Jays after spending the 2012 season north of the border where he made 16 starts and pitched adequately posting a 4.56 earned run average. The 28-year-old Laffey made two starts this season for the Mets surrendering five runs over 14 hits in the two starts.
The Toronto Blue Jays are turning into the bad news bears having already been dealt a huge injury blow with the loss of Jose Reyes. As well, Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Sergio Santos have dealt with injuries so far in the young campaign.
If nothing else, Laffey will have something to prove when he takes the bump tonight in New York, trying to prove that he belongs in the major leagues. In the interim we will wait and see if Johnson can rebound and make his next scheduled start as the Jays and many others are anticipating.