Injuries dog Blue Jays

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 PM ET

Near the end of spring training, Blue Jays manager John Farrell talked about how important and how difficult the Jays’ early schedule was going to be. He pointed to the first 44 games, 25 of them on the road and 23 of them against teams that were in the playoffs last season.

After 22 games, the Jays were two games under .500 heading into their game Tuesday, having already suffered a half-dozen injuries.

“We’ve taken the field with a consistent approach,” Farrell said. “You can point to two games we haven’t been in, but other than that we’ve been a swing away in a few games that would make us a little bit better than our record.”

Monday, Rajai Davis, on a rehab assignment in New Hampshire after recovering from an ankle injury, was hit on the hand by a pitch.

“Not only are we having injuries, we’re having our players on rehab get injured,” Farrell said. “I don’t mean to laugh, but it’s somewhat a sign of the times.”

Davis is on track to rejoin the Jays later this week.

DOWN A MAN

The Jays roster consists of 13 pitchers and 12 position players. Farrell would like to get back to 13 position players but not until the off-day next Monday.

“With the situation we’re in, with Brandon (Morrow) coming back and being somewhat restricted and with Jesse (Litsch) coming back, with a little bit of a different routine, we felt for this time through the rotation we’d go with an extra pitcher.”

In Texas, the Jays have only had 11 position players, while Edwin Encarnacion recovers from a mild wrist injury. He likely will be available Wednesday.

DEPTH CHARGE

Scott Podsednik and DeWayne Wise are both at Las Vegas and one of them will probably get the call next week.

“Both guys fill a similar role,” said Farrell. “Both have a successful history. The role remains to be seen but the fact that we have two proven outfielders lends to the depth that is on its way.”


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