The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that Maicer Izturis will miss 4-6 months after an MRI revealed a complete tear of the LCL in his left knee. He will seek a second opinion but surgery and a lost season is the likely outcome for Izturis.
Izturis had a solid start to 2014 playing in 11 games with a .286 avg and a .324 obp. With the loss of Jose Reyes he gave the Blue Jays an offensive upgrade over Jonathan Diaz and Ryan Goins. It is a true loss to the Blue Jays considering the lack of infield depth currently on the roster and in the organization. Reyes should be back shortly as he has been assigned to a rehab stint and if his hamstring is healthy he will be back in short order.
In the meantime the Blue Jays called up fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki, optioned catcher Erik Kratz and added J.A. Happ from the DL, who will join the bullpen. These moves return the Blue Jays to an 8 man bullpen and a bench of Josh Thole, Moises Sierra & Kawasaki with Diaz & Goins as regulars. This also leaves the option of keeping both Diaz & Goins on the roster once Reyes returns. They both are defensive players who provide most of their value on the field and allow the Blue Jays to rest Reyes or DH him to give his hamstring extra care.
The loss off Izturis greatly impacts the bench depth but again with Reyes returning shortly the Blue Jays should be able to live with a weakened bench. The great news however for Blue Jays fans is that Kawasaki returns as the teams mascot and all around spirit lifter. Hopefully his return can spark another 11 game win streak like in 2013!