The Blue Jays worst fears have come true in the case of Maicer Izturis' injured leg. After falling down the dugout steps in Baltimore this weekend, it now seems like he is heading towards surgery and a long road to recovery. Here's the tweet from Arash Madani that brought the bad news:
Per the #Bluejays: Maicer Izturis has a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament, needs surgery and has 4-6 months of recovery ahead— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) April 14, 2014
Izturis had impressed so far this year, hitting .286 in 11 games brining some stability to the middle infield that had been dealt a blow by Jose Reyes' early-season DL stint. He'll seek a second opinion, but it appears surgery is inevitable and the middle infield will feature Jonathan Diaz, Munenori Kawasaki, and Ryan Goins until Reyes is ready to return. It also means a 40-man spot will be opened up to allow Kawasaki to join Toronto without another player needing to be removed to make room.
#BlueJays announce Maicer Izturis will need surgery to repair complete tear of the LCL in his knee. 4-6 months rehab. Will seek 2nd opinion.— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 14, 2014