Another day, another injury for the Blue Jays’ pitching staff.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Luis Perez is done for the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The Blue Jays have yet to make an announcement on a course of action, but Tommy John surgery is almost certainly on the table. If he undergoes the surgery, he will be out through the All-Star break next year.
Perez is the third member of the Jays’ staff to go down with a ulnar collateral ligament injury this season, joining Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. Drabek underwent Tommy John surgery while Hutchison is currently rehabbing a sprained UCL.
Perez has been a valuable member of Toronto’s bullpen this season, posting a 3.43 ERA and 39/16 K/BB ratio in 42 innings. The 27-year-old southpaw was knocked around for two runs on four hits in his most recent appearance yesterday against the White Sox.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.