In 2001, Blue Jays relief pitcher Jason Frasor missed the entire season due to his second Tommy John surgery. Since returning to pitch in the minor leagues in 2002 up until Saturday, the right-hander never had made a trip to the disabled list. But that amazing run came to an end when the Jays placed Frasor on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 17, because of forearm tightness.
Frasor, who turns 35 on Aug. 9, simply wore out having been whipped along like an old race horse by jockey John Farrell. Through the Jays' opening 93 games, Frasor had seen action in 42 of them, the team high.
"I was warming up last night (Friday), and I've had discomfort, I think we've all had discomfort for a few months now," Frasor said. "I never said anything. You drink your Red Bull, you add in adrenalin and it's really not that big of a deal.
"I've almost gone about four months now doing that. Last night was a little different, a little tighter, a little more discomfort and just didn't feel right. After the game I spoke with (trainer) George (Poulis) and they felt like, two weeks on the DL. I should be good to go in a few weeks. That's the plan."
On Monday, strictly for precautionary reasons, Frasor will be checked out with an MRI by Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who performed his second Tommy John surgery. Then Frasor will head to Dunedin and rehab alongside the other wounded pitchers.
In his 42 appearances, Frasor has allowed 16 runs on 32 hits over 36 innings for a 4.00 ERA. Along with Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen, he was one of the three amigos that Farrell trusted and leaned on.
"I think if I'd kept going, it would have reached the money spot (elbow)," Frasor said of his forearm problem. "It's just wear and tear."
With Frasor going on the DL, the Jays cancelled their plans to designate RHP Drew Carpenter for assignment.
BACK IN ACTION
While Frasor went on the DL, the Jays had one player return to action as Brett Lawrie was back at third base.
Lawrie bruised his right calf on Wednesday while diving for a ball into a camera bay at Yankee Stadium. He didn't play Friday against the Boston Red Sox.
The Jays had Lawrie go through a number of running drills early in the afternoon and proclaimed him fit to play.
"Brett has made a remarkable recovery when you consider the fall he took in New York and the impact his leg sustained when he flipped over the rail," Farrell said. "He's fully ready to go.