Matt Shoemaker’s Blue Jays tenure has been excellent. Short, but excellent. Will it continue?
The Jays inked the oft-injured runner-up for 2014 American League Rookie of the Year to a one-year show-me deal in the off-season, and, over the course of five starts, he showed everyone that he could still pitch. Despite having his previous three seasons derailed by injuries — first, a line drive to the head that ended in 2016 season, and, after that, forearm issues that held him to roughly 100 innings in 2017 and 2018 — Shoemaker dominated for the Jays early on.
He finally looked like the top-of-the-rotation starter he was with the Los Angeles Angels before all of those injuries stacked up. Through four starts, Shoemaker scattered just five earned runs while striking out 23 batters and walking just nine. Then, three innings deep into what looked like his fifth-straight quality start, the injury bug bit again.
Shoemaker hurt his leg while chasing a member of the Oakland A’s in a rundown between first and second base. It was a heartbreaking scene as a devastated Shoemaker pounded the grass in frustration, knowing that this was going to be yet another serious injury.
He was diagnosed with a torn ACL in …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation