Philadelphia – A night after Tuscar Hernandez appeared to have his injury problems this year been worse than anyone could have imagined, the Basel player was given a partial night off.
Hernandez took over DH duties one night after a 4-5 evening with three runs scored and two more hits.
After this imprisoned performance, he decided to highlight the injuries he suffered since the beginning of the year.
Wheat Merrifield started in the right place.
Other than the oblique strain that cost him 21 games and two more lost games when he missed a ball off his foot in the same play just days away, Hernandez’s injury hasn’t been well documented this year.
Jays manager John Schneider was at a loss to explain Hernandez’s surprise revelation.
“He’s doing a good job,” Schneider said when asked about his opinion of his right-hander’s health. “Like everyone who plays basically every day, everyone has some kind of grind. He had time lost early in the year, he had a good idea, so nothing matters.”
As for DHing his Wednesday, Schneider said that makes sense given what Jays had ahead of them during the rest of this week and into this weekend.
“Today is an easy day to get him off his feet and DH before we hit the grass in Tampa for four,” Schneider said. “So, yeah, he’s fine.”
When asked if it might just be frustration over a difficult home and Hernandez going off, Schneider admitted it could be the case.
He said, “I don’t know.” “I think everyone could probably say the same thing to any player who plays every day. So yeah, I don’t think it’s anything major. Maybe just players breathing a little bit.”
What should have been a quiet reprieve turned out to be much more and not to Julian Meriwether’s favour.
The loyal who already had an up-and-down season hit the slope again and failed to exit eighth, dropping five runs over 2/3 of the second half and turning a 15-5 game into a 15-10 game.
The Jays announced that Meriwether was heading to Buffalo on Wednesday morning. His place on the list was filled by former first-round pick (2014) Foster Griffin.
Griffin was acquired through a deal from the Royal Family this year and has the advantage of winning his first major league appearance and immediately required surgery on Tommy John.
Griffin has worked his way back into the big business after a full year of rehab and is now ready to help Jays in the playoff.
“He was throwing really well,” Schneider said of Griffin. “Interested to see what he has. We’ll have him around for now. A multi-stroke option with a good breaker, sneaky heater. He comes out both right and left and has been doing really well.”
Tyler Sousedo’s inability to put his injury problems behind has opened up Griffin and he will now stand a chance, though Schneider isn’t ready to catch him in anything suspicious.
“It’s probably going to be a low-leverage area, it should be in full swing a little bit,” Schneider said when asked how Griffin would go about the business. “Some guys can be going the other way, but that kind of confrontation makes it slow.
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It should not be forgotten
On one night when shooters had few reasons to smile, Zach Pope’s performance somewhat lost in shuffle.
The Brampton native came on relief from Ross Streibling and ended up taking his first Blue Jays win.
Bob allowed a hit over two rounds and for Jays to finish seventh after Stripling had a fifth inning when he failed to retire and required some rescue.
“This whole thing was understated, with Zach Pope putting a zero in the sixth game after coming in[to limit damage in the fifth],” Schneider said. “He was great for reducing damage in fifth and then getting that quick sixth kind of bit back in order.”
For the year, Bob now has a 3-0 record with a 3.21 ERA.