Although Maicer Izturis went hitless in his last 13 at-bats, the Toronto Blue Jays second baseman started the regular reason as one of the team’s hottest hitters, slashing a .286 batting average over 11 games. Unfortunately for Izturis, it looks as though he most likely won’t get another chance to return to his previously had hot streak at any time during the rest of this season.
Izturis was the subject of a freak accident on Sunday afternoon before the Jays’ rubber match against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Izturis tripped on the the Jays’ dugout steps and immediately heard a “pop” in his left knee. He has since been diagnosed with a torn lateral collateral ligament, which typically takes four to six months to heal after surgery.
With the loss of Izturis, the middle of the diamond for the Jays gets increasingly thin. The Jays have already been without Jose Reyes for the first two weeks of the season and have now been forced to call up Munenori Kawasaki and perhaps even give the offensively challenged Ryan Goins more time on the field.
With Kawasaki bringing his ‘all fun and games’ approach to the big league club and Goins continuously showing his inability to hit the baseball, the Jays have definitely lost an edge that they may have had on their competition with Izturis showing that he has the ability to bring his game to a higher level. The timing of Izturis’ injury is poor at best as the Jays now find themselves heading into Minnesota to continue their nine-game road trip with an inferior middle of the diamond in regards to what those players can do while inside the batter’s box.