UPDATE: The Dodgers just announced that Rafael Furcal and Jon Garland were placed on the disabled list while Ivan DeJesus Jr. and John Ely were called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
12:00 PM: Another injury for the Dodgers’ infield? Shocking, I know.
Rafael Furcal left last night’s game against the Reds after suffering an injury to his left side during a rundown play in the second inning. According to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com, when asked if Furcal would need to be placed on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, “that’s the way it sounded.”
Furcal has already missed six weeks this season due to a broken left thumb. If this is an oblique injury, as the Dodgers fear, then Furcal could be sidelined for a month. The 33-year-old shortstop is batting .212/.246/.273 with one home run, five RBI and two stolen bases in four attempts over his first 17 games this season.
The Dodgers will promote an infielder, likely Ivan DeJesus Jr. or Russell Mitchell, before today’s game while Juan Uribe is expected to return from the disabled list tomorrow.
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.