Blue Jays RHP Hutchison leaves with sore elbow

The Blue Jays are losing starting pitchers at an alarming

rate.

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

diagnosis.

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.