Blue Jays 3, Phillies 0
The Toronto Blue Jays overcame another pitching injury Friday
night. The latest injury to strike the Philadelphia Phillies might
be more than they can bear.
Rookie right-hander Drew Hutchison left in the first inning with
a sore elbow but five Toronto relievers combined on a five-hitter
as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 3-0, snapping a three-game
Philadelphia lost catcher Carlos Ruiz in the seventh inning with
a strained muscle in his left side. He was replaced by Brian
”(Ruiz) won’t be able to play for a few days for sure,”
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ”We’ll know more by
Ruiz went 1 for 2 with a walk, boosting his team-leading average
to .362. Ruiz, who was injured swinging at strike three to end the
sixth, has eight homers, 35 RBIs and a team-high 16 doubles.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Erik Kratz is expected to join
the Phillies in Toronto on Saturday in case Ruiz is forced onto the
Injury-ravaged Philadelphia is already without infielders Ryan
Howard and Chase Utley, as well as two-time Cy Young award winner
”It’s almost like a bug, if anything,” losing pitcher Vance
Worley said. ”A lot of us are doing what we need to do to make
sure we’re in shape to play and things are just kind of spiraling
out of control.”
Worley said the prospect of Ruiz joining Philadelphia’s lengthy
list of injury victims was ”terrible.”
”He’s been one of our most consistent guys and he does a good
job behind the dish for us, too,” Worley said.
Brett Lawrie had two doubles and drove in a run as the Blue Jays
won for just the third time in their past nine meetings with the
Philadelphia, last in the NL East, had won two straight coming
in but lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
”We didn’t have a very good game tonight,” Manuel said.
Hutchison became the third Blue Jays starter in five days to
leave with an injury when a sore right elbow forced him off the
mound after just nine pitches.
”I’ve never seen this,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said,
adding that there will likely be more news on Hutchison’s condition
”Until then it’s sheer speculation on the length, the severity
or anything like that,” Farrell said.
Aaron Laffey worked 1 2-3 innings, Carlos Villanueva earned the
win by pitching four innings, Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver each
worked one inning and Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his sixth
save in seven chances.
Villanueva (2-0) allowed two hits, walked two and struck out
Before the game, the Blue Jays announced that an MRI on
right-hander Kyle Drabek revealed a torn ligament in his elbow.
Drabek, who had ligament replacement surgery as a minor leaguer in
2007, is due to visit noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday to
confirm the diagnosis.
Drabek, who left in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s loss to
Washington, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and left-hander
Brett Cecil was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Cecil will make
his season debut Sunday against the Phillies.
Adding to Toronto’s woes, right-hander Brandon Morrow left
Monday’s loss to the Nationals after nine pitches with a strained
muscle in his left side. He was later placed on the 15-day DL.
”We’re getting challenges thrown at us from every different
angle and health right now is certainly the big one,” Farrell
Toronto broke through against Worley (3-3) with consecutive
two-out doubles in the third. Rajai Davis doubled to left and
Lawrie followed with an RBI double to right.
The Blue Jays took advantage of an error by Phillies third
baseman Mike Fontenot to add two runs in the fourth. Jose Bautista
led off with a single and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a broken
bat grounder to third. Fontenot’s throw sailed wide of second base
and into foul territory in right field, allowing Bautista to score
as Encarnacion advanced to third. One out later, Encarnacion scored
on Yunel Escobar’s groundout.
Fontenot’s error was the 13th by the Phillies in their past nine
Worley allowed three runs, one earned, and five hits in seven
innings, matching his longest start of the season. He walked two
and struck out five.
”That’s probably the best I’ve felt so far coming back,” said
Worley, who missed three weeks in May and early June with a sore
elbow. ”I got my pitch count up and the ball was doing what I
wanted it to do.”
NOTES: Halladay (sore back/shoulder muscle) played catch for the
first time Friday since landing on the 15-day DL on May 29.
Halladay made 30 throws from 60 feet on flat ground and will do the
same Sunday. … Utley (left knee), Howard (left Achilles) and OF
Laynce Nix (left calf) all played in a rehab game at extended
spring training Friday. Utley played four innings at second base,
while Howard and Nix batted but did not play in the field. …
Philadelphia OF Domonic Brown, who is at Triple-A, has a sprained
right knee and will not play for seven to 10 days, assistant
general manager Scott Proefrock said. Brown left in the fifth
inning of Thursday’s game.