X-rays taken of Aledmys Diaz’s left ankle after he left the Toronto Blue Jays’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday showed no fracture, positive news in what could’ve been much worse. Diaz will undergo an MRI later, which will reveal the full extent of the injury and determine the length of a potential disabled list stint.
Should Diaz head to the DL — a possibility that seems very likely — the Blue Jays have both Devon Travis and Richard Urena on the 40-man roster. Both players are currently with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons, and neither would need to wait the mandatory 10 days after an option to be recalled because the hole on the roster would arise from an injury.
Diaz injured his ankle in the fifth inning on Sunday. Legging out a grounder hit on the infield, Diaz was met at first base by Chris Archer, forcing Diaz to step on the outer part of the bag. His foot slipped and twisted, and after being called safe, he stumbled and collapsed on the ground a few steps from the base.
He was removed from the game and carted off the field, replaced by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Devon Travis has been in triple-A since his option on April 29, eight days ago. Urena was optioned just yesterday to clear room on the roster for Justin Smoak.
The Blue Jays have already made 22 roster moves this month, all of which have come in the past four days. It began with the Blue Jays’ doubleheader against the Cleveland baseball team on May 3, and has continued at an accelerating pace since. Frankly, it’s impressive the rate at which general manager Ross Atkins is turning over the roster.
Some other stuff:
- Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel reached 300 career saves on Friday, and currently holds the best save percentage of all time. Like wins, saves are obviously obsolete and cumbersome, but they do provide some insight into the talent of players.
- How long have the Rays had a mutant Philly Phanatic?
- I still can’t get over this.