This was a rather unfortunate incident.
Per the Blue Jays, Tim Mayza left the game due to a right shoulder dislocation.
UPDATE: LHP Tim Mayza was removed from tonight’s game with a right shoulder dislocation.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 7, 2022
The injury occurred on a safety squeeze bunt, and Mayza attempted to tag the runner coming home from third. He missed the ball and the base runner ran full speed, causing the dislocation.
If there’s a silver lining to this injury, it’s the fact that it happened on his non-pitching arm. If you recall, Mayza underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2019, so it’s a small relief that the injury occurred on his non-pitching arm.
This is a huge loss for the Blue Jays, as Mayza has been their go-to left-handed pitcher on the season. He posted a 2.41 ERA and a 3.56 FIP in his 33.2 innings pitched. The 52 left-handed batters he has faced are only hitting .146 off of Mayza this season.
Matt Gage and Tayler Saucedo are the two left-handers that could slot in for Mayza, as both of them are on the 40-man roster. Matt Peacock and Foster Griffin are two other lefties that may have a shot, but less likely. There’s an outside chance that Brandon Eisert gets the call up.
We here at Blue Jays Nation wish a speedy recovery to Mayza as he’s an important part of this team. Hopefully he’ll return in time for playoff action.
Update: After the game, manager John Schneider said the shoulder was relocated and Mayza will be re-examined Sunday.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation