Toronto Blue Jays Continue Quest To Field Minor League Roster With Maicer Izturis Joining Wounded

By Thom Tsang
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Munenori Kawasaki. Kevin Pillar. Anthony Gose. Moises Sierra — folks, meet the 2013 Buffalo Bisons Toronto Blue Jays.

Remember the game-to-game deal over Jose Bautista? Well, he’s on the DL now, which called for the return of Sierra to the majors. That’s not good news to the Blue Jays, and doubly so for their triple-A farm team, as they’ve essentially lost their entire outfield to Toronto while still fighting for a playoff spot.

And if they thought the injuries might end with the outfield … well, not so fast:

At this point, wouldn’t it just save both time and money to just bring up the entire team from Buffalo?

Then again, considering that Izturis is a -2.3 fWAR player thus far in 2013 for the Blue Jays, you’d have to think that it’s probably more of a relief than anything else. Yes, you read that number right and yes, it makes him the absolute worst player in all of baseball this season.

Fortunately for the team, the 32-year old’s ankle injury is considered day-to-day, which is the bluebirds’ way of saying he’s probably going to need surgery tomorrow. Plus, it’d probably mean more playing time for Kawasaki, which will at least be somewhat interesting (or Mark DeRosa will get more regular time, which … well, let’s just say it would be slightly less interesting).

And while we’re being positive, I suppose fans could also take this as kind of a sneak preview of what the future to come might look like for the Blue Jays.

Sure, it was never really supposed to happen this year, and it’s quite possible that the minor leaguers being called into action now aren’t really ready and will struggle (at least Pillar finally got his first hit!) for the rest of the season, but … actually, I’m not sure if there’s really a spin on that one.

But this is the end, right? Surely, the baseball gods have toyed with the team enough? Well, with Jose Reyes being nowhere near 100 percent but giving it his best shot anyway …

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