Toronto Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey To Have MRI On Ailing Back

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As if the Toronto Blue Jays needed any more bad news in the month of April after starting the season to the depressing tune of a 9-17 record. The Jays already have lost All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes until July with a bad sprain, and hurler Josh Johnson missed his last start with a bicep injury.

Now R.A. Dickey is scheduled for an MRI on his ailing back and neck.

Dickey has been trying to play through the pain his last four outings, but he is admittedly not 100 percent and it has been a constant struggle for him. The Jays have reported the MRI is being done so they can better target treating the injury.

As the Jays sit in the basement in the AL East, the last thing they need is for their ace to spend any amount of time on the disabled list. It obviously won’t bode well for the Jays’ season and their climb out of last place.

Dickey has actually improved over his last four starts, lowering his earned run average to 4.50, but still sits 2-4 on the season. Dickey tied a dubious record yesterday with his fourth loss, joining a list of a handful of pitchers to have lost four games in April after coming off a Cy Young campaign.

Dickey is hopeful that his back and the Blue Jays can rebound from the pain they have experienced in April.

Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCornerFacebookand Google Plus.