Blue Jays RHP Hutchison leaves with sore elbow
The Blue Jays are losing starting pitchers at an alarming
Rookie right-hander Drew Hutchison became the third Toronto
starter in five days to leave with a mid-game injury when he walked
off the mound just nine pitches into Friday’s game against
Philadelphia, forced out by a sore right elbow.
Hutchison appeared to feel pain after a 1-1 pitch to Hunter
Pence, the third batter of the game. A trainer and manager John
Farrell came out to check on Hutchison and, after a brief
discussion, replaced him with left-hander Aaron Laffey.
The Blue Jays announced earlier in the day that an MRI on righty
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
Drabek, who left in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s loss to
Washington, is on the 15-day disabled list. If he needs another
operation, he could be sidelined for a year or more.
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.
Called up from Double-A in late April, Hutchison is 5-3 with a
4.66 ERA in 10 starts.