Santos out a month

Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos celebrates his team's win against the Red Sox at the Rogers Centre...

Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos celebrates his team's win against the Red Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., April 11, 2012. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

BALTIMORE - The news regarding Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos continues to get worse not better.

Santos, who was placed on the disabled list last Saturday due to soreness and inflammation of his right shoulder, was originally believed to be out for two weeks.

On Tuesday, however, manager John Farrell said Santos would be out for at least a four week period.

“We feel like it’s going to be a minimum of four weeks,” Farrell said prior to Tuesday’s game against Baltimore. “It will be 10-to-14 days of no-throw and then as we use as a typical rule of thumb, it will be the same number of days to get back to where we left off. So that’s going to take a four-week period.”

Then there would be a rehab period on top of that.

“I think the best way to outline it now is at the end of the 14-day period, once he initiates a throwing program, we’ll re-evaluate where he’s at and how we would advance through his throwing program at that point,” Farrell added.

Farrell said there was no build-up to Santos’ injury, that it appeared in his last outing in Kansas City, April 20, and not before. He was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in California and no structural damage was found.

In Santos’ absence, Francisco Cordero has taken over the closer role.

CLEANING UP

The Blue Jays have been touting the virtues of Edwin Encarnacion for years but this season the DH/1B is off to one of the best starts in his career as after the opening 16 games he is batting .303 (20-for-66) with six doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs. As a result he has taken over the cleanup spot in the batting order even against right-handers such as the Jays faced Tuesday in Tommy Hunter.

Through the opening two weeks of the season, Encarnacion had been cleanup against lefties, with 1B Adam Lind hitting cleanup vs. right-handers. Now and for the foreseeable future, Encarnacion will be hitting fourth and Lind fifth.

“The way that Eddie has swung the bat, he’s emerged as our four-hole hitter for right now,” manager John Farrell said. “The fact that he and Adam are one slot apart in the lineup, it’s not that big of a deal but Eddie has swung the bat very well and has provided the more consistent protection behind Jose (Bautista). That’s the way we’re going to go right now.”

NEEDS WORK

With the Blue Jays starts going deep into games, the load on the bullpen has been reduced with some of its members starving for action. The latest victim of not getting any work is right-hander Casey Janssen who came into Tuesday’s game having not seen action in a game in 10 days.

“Look, he’s got to get back into a game first and foremost,” manager John Farrell said when Janssen’s name was brought up. “The fact is we’ve gone with some matchups and the way Luis Perez has evolved (no runs and just four hits in seven appearances), I’m not gong to say he has supplanted him (Janssen) or replaced other guys, but he’s (Perez) done one hell of a job for us. Casey’s ready to go and he will be in the mix.”

MOVING ON UP

At the start of the season, CF Colby Rasmus was batting ninth in the order but in Tuesday’s game he had crept up to hitting seventh. batting ahead of LF Eric Thames and C Jeff Mathis. Like Encarnacion, Rasmus has picked it up at the plate of late. He was 9-for-29 (.310) on the last homestand and is 5-for-11 on the road trip.

“He’s in a very good place,” Farrell said. “He’s done a good job of getting the bat on the ball. He’s hit good pitching and he feels very confident in his overall game right now.”


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