Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Richmond & Marcum return to Jays clubhouse


A pair of starting pitchers were back with the Blue Jays in time for their six game west coast road trip Monday, as both Scott Richmond and Shaun Marcum were in the clubhouse for the series opener in Seattle. Both Richmond and Marcum are expected to be activated off the disabled list shortly and should be inserted into the clubs starting rotation.

Marcum, who was expected to miss all of the 2009 campaign following Tommy John Surgery on his elbow, was in Seattle to receive treatment on his back before heading to AAA Las Vegas. The 27 year old injured himself in his latest rehab assignment, pulling himself out of the contest as a precautionary measure. The club has set a tentative return date in Toronto for early August.

For Richmond, who has been out since July 5th with a shoulder injury, the 29 year old rookie will be able to help the Jays shortly, as he's expected to get the start Friday against the Oakland Athletics.

Having both Richmond (6-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 13 starts) and Marcum (0-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 5 starts in his rehab stint) back will significantly aid the teams starting rotation, which is expected to expand to a 6 man staff to preserve the young starters for the stretch drive of the season.

3 comments:

Ian H. said...

I really like the 6-man rotation idea that the Jays are going to try out for the next little while. It will give the rookies a bit of space between their starts, plus it also gives Marcum a chance to slot back in closer to the end of August.

Michael Harrison said...

It's very good news that Marcum will be back for sure, but I can't help but be a tad bit concerned that he doesn't injure himself again, particularly with his back flaring up...

Andrew said...

brutal richmond pic......