Henderson Alvarez leaves start with elbow soreness


Being a starting pitcher for the Blue Jays is a pretty dangerous profession at the moment.

According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Henderson Alvarez left tonight’s start against the Red Sox in the sixth inning with soreness in his throwing elbow.

Alvarez is the fourth Blue Jays’ starter to leave a game due to injury in the past two weeks, joining Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. Ridiculous.

Has anybody checked on Ricky Romero? I’m worried. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for Alex Anthopoulous to transfer him to a secure underground bunker at an undisclosed location.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.