There was a fair bit of news about injured Blue Jays players that came out today. Let's put it all in one place:
- The Jays announced that Michael Saunders will not be back this season. They are hoping that he'll be ready for next year. I really feel sorry for the guy, after wrecking his knee, early in spring (stupid sprinkler) and having surgery to repair it, he hoped to be ready for the start of the season. It didn't happen. He was activated, near the end of April, but his knee clearly wasn't good. We hoped he'd be back at the All-Star break. I don't know what will happen this off-season as far as his contract is concerned. He is arbitration eligible, but I don't know how much I'd be comfortable in offering him. Even if I was negotiating for the team that injured him.
- The team also said that Devon Travis isn't going to be back soon. He's not swinging a bat yet. I doubt will see him before late September at best.
- And Marcus Stroman is going to pitch a simulated game next Monday (40 pitches), then, all being well, another simulated game the following Saturday (65 pitches) and then, again all going well, he'd pitch for Buffalo after that. Time will be getting tight, Buffalo's season ends September 7th. A lot of things will have to go right for us to see him in Toronto before the end of the season, but I'd never bet against him.
And, not injury news, but Dave Dombrowski signed with the Red Sox to be President of Baseball Operations. Ben Cherington is leaving the team. As you know Dombrowski was rumored to be a top choice to take Paul Beeston's job here. Now the team has to actually do a candidate search.
I honestly don't understand the role of team president well enough to have an opinion who should have the job. But, if they want to interview me, I'll pretend to understand.