Rivera Injury Blue Jays Plans GM
Rivera Injury Blue Jays Plans GM, The Blue Jays won’t accelerate their long-term plans in the wake of Mariano Rivera’s potential season-ending knee injury and other setbacks suffered by the Jays’ American League East rivals, says general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
“No, it doesn’t change a thing,” Anthopoulos told the Star on Friday. “What makes those teams so strong is their tremendous depth. . . . They can absorb some of those losses.”
Rivera, the New York Yankees’ 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.
He’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 — for whom the Yankees’ traded top prospect Jesus Montero — 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)