Rivera Injury Blue Jays Plans GM
Published: May 4, 2012
Rivera Injury Blue Jays Plans GM, The Blue Jays wonâ€™t accelerate their long-term plans in the wake of Mariano Riveraâ€™s potential season-ending knee injury and other setbacks suffered by the Jaysâ€™ American League East rivals, says general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
â€śNo, it doesnâ€™t change a thing,â€ť Anthopoulos told the Star on Friday. â€śWhat makes those teams so strong is their tremendous depth. . . . They can absorb some of those losses.â€ť
Rivera, the New York Yankeesâ€™ closer and one of the greatest relief pitchers in baseball history, suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus after he fell awkwardly while shagging fly balls during batting practice Thursday night.
Heâ€™s just the latest Yankee pitcher to suffer a major injury this season. Fellow reliever Joba Chamberlain was lost for the season after dislocating his ankle while jumping on a trampoline; and starter Michael Pineda â€” for whom the Yankeesâ€™ traded top prospect Jesus Montero â€” will likely miss the remainder of the season with a torn right labrum.
Across the AL East, prominent players have been suffering significant injuries.
The Red Sox will be without their closer, Andrew Bailey, at least until July due to a thumb injury; starting pitcher John Lackey was lost for the season for Tommy John surgery; Daisuke Matsuzaka is still recovering from elbow surgery; and star position players Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury will remain out at least another month, maybe more. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis and starting pitcher Josh Beckett are also out with minor injuries.
In Tampa, the Rays are without reliever Kyle Farnsworth and all-star third baseman Evan Longoria, who tore his left hamstring and could be out for two months. (Toronto Star)
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