Simmons: Jays' Buehrle continues to amaze

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws a pitch during the third inning against the...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 11, 2014. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

The medical miracle that is Mark Buehrle marches on, while all of baseball wonders what to do with all the battered pitchers.

The epidemic grows, the studies continue and the latest star heading for the disabled list is the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka, lighting it up in his first big league year while Buehrle continues doing what he has done for more than 14 seasons: Just being there. Never missing a start, never spending a minute on the DL, when almost everything about the mechanics of pitching seems to say injury.

This has been the most complete half-season of Buehrle’s remarkable, yet understated, career. His earned run average is well below his previous best of 3.12. He is on his way to his 14th straight 200-inning season. The Blue Jays are 13-6 in games in which he starts: He provides a certain sureness, confidence when he pitches.


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