Kirby Yates is injured. Who should close games for the Blue Jays in the meantime?

The Blue Jays pitching staff has suffered another injury.

With Nate Pearson and Thomas Hatch already dealing with issues, word came out on Monday that Kirby Yates, Toronto’s expected closer, had suffered a flexor-pronator (in the forearm, close to the elbow) strain in his right arm. That doesn’t sound good!

Kirby Yates has been diagnosed with a flexor-pronator strain in his right arm, the #BlueJays tell us.
He’s expected to miss “multiple weeks.”
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) March 22, 2021

The word as of right now is that Yates will miss “multiple weeks,” which is fairly vague but clearly gives the indication that we shouldn’t expect him back any time soon. It’s also a very worrying injury given the fact Yates made just six appearances in 2021 before undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, so let’s hope this doesn’t evolve into something bigger.
So, what now?
The Blue Jays came into the 2020 season with Ken Giles pencilled in as their closer but, of course, he got injured three games into the season and didn’t pitch again. With Giles out, the Blue Jays used a combination of Anthony Bass, Rafael Dolis, Jordan Romano, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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