Toronto Blue Jays Can’t Have Nice Things, Lose Juan Perez To UCL Bug

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Oh hey, the Toronto Blue Jays have lost another arm with a significant injury:

In other news, the sky is still blue, and the 2013 season is still one to forget for the team.

Sound a little too negative especially after the bluebirds managed to reel off a win on Saturday afternoon? Maybe, but it just hasn’t seemed like the team can get a piece of good news without a piece of bad news to go along with it these days. Then again, for anyone who has watched the long reliever’s wonky delivery this season, it’s hard to say that his elbow giving out and exploding is really much of a major shock.

On a more serious note though, it’s really too bad for for the lefty, as the major surgery and rehabilitation required may put the 34-year-old’s career as a pro pitcher in jeopardy.

Prior to his injury, Perez had been a pleasant surprise for Toronto out of the ‘pen, having carried a streak of 22 innings pitched through his first 14 innings without allowing a single earned run. He’s allowed runs in four of his last five outings, however, though it’s worth noting that three of them contained his three highest pitch counts in an outing for the season — so I can’t imagine that helped things either.

Either way, it’s fair to say that the Juan Perez era in Toronto has more than likely ended with a whimper.

Mickey Storey, his replacement, will arrive ahead of the September roster expansion, and should prove to be a capable reliever in the same 1-2 inning role. The soft-tossing righty performed well with the Houston Astros last season (3.86/1.22 ERA/WHIP,  2.80 FIP), and has put up similar gaudy ratios in triple-A in 2013 (10.80 K/9, 2.26 BB/9, 2.79/0.93 ERA/WHIP).

In an earlier two-game stint with the team back in May, Storey gave up three runs over 3.2 innings, but struck out five in the process. So I think Blue Jays fans can expect to be able to send one a few more #whiff tweets when he takes the mound.

Of course, the team would probably just be happy to have a healthy arm at this point …

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