It was already an unfortunate Friday for the Toronto Blue Jays, as news came down that Tyler Chatwood was headed to the 10-day injured list with right triceps inflammation, while Teoscar Hernandez and Ryan Borucki were being placed on the COVID-19 related injured list. Then the game began.
Just two innings in, the Blue Jays were already down four — on their way to a 7-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels — when they had to make an injury replacement, as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. exited the game with what the club described as “COVID-19 vaccine-related symptoms” after he became nauseous between innings and vomited in a dugout washroom.
For a team already trying to get by without its best player George Springer (oblique and quad strains), it’s presumptive closer Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgery), its top prospect Nate Pearson (adductor strain), one of its top starters Robbie Ray (elbow contusion), plus depth rotation options Thomas Hatch (elbow impingement) and Patrick Murphy (shoulder sprain), it was not a good day.
“I mean, I wasn’t expecting this,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said before the game when asked if he’d anticipated so much early-season adversity and roster maneuvering. “But that’s just part of 2021. A lot of teams are going through things like this right now.”
That’s true — this is pandemic baseball. And ramping-back-up-to-162-after-playing-only-60 baseball, too. Stuff’s going to happen. But an awful lot of stuff’s happening for the…