This hasn’t been a good week for the Blue Jays’ starting rotation.
After losing Brandon Morrow to an oblique strain and Kyle Drabek to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, now it appears Drew Hutchison could be headed for an extended absence.
According to Mike Wilner of of Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590, Hutchison left tonight’s start against the Phillies in the first inning due to right elbow soreness. He threw just nine pitches before exiting. The young right-hander apparently said that he “heard a pop” while on the mound, which sounds eerily close to how Drabek described his injury earlier this week.
Hutchison, 21, made his major league debut on April 21 and has a 4.60 ERA and 49/20 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings through his first 11 starts.
Aaron Laffey replaced Hutchison in tonight’s game and is a candidate to take his spot in the starting rotation. Robert Coello and Joel Carreno are among the other possibilities.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.