Wait-and-see on Hutchison
Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (left) is checked out by manager Hap Hudson (front) and teammates Kelly Johnson (back) and J.P. Arencibia during a game against the Phillies at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., June 15, 2012. (BRETT GUNDLOCK/Reuters)
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison has left Cincinnati, where his strained right elbow was examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek, and is now headed to Dunedin for a third examination and round of discussions with team doctors located there.
Manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Dr. Kremchek's diagnosis was the same as the initial one in Toronto.
After Hutchison gets additional information in Dunedin, he will decide whether he should give the elbow extensive rest and then attempt a rehab procedure, or go ahead now and undergo Tommy John surgery.
"We will likely have much more clarity on Thursday of what the next steps will be," Farrell said.
The dilemma facing Hutchison is if he opts for rest, undergoes rehab and then discovers that surgery is needed, he will have wasted two months.
"That's probably the scenarios that he's walking through," Farrell said. "I think at this point he probably needs another day or two to work through some things on his own."
The Jays did not plan to name their starter for their game Wednesday afternoon game until their game Tuesday was finished.
One way or the other, the starter will come from one of the members of their current nine-man bullpen.
It all boils down to how the 'pen was used on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Jesse Chavez was pulled in the third inning, and right-hander Carlos Villanueva, who had been a probable pitcher Wednesday, came on to replace Chavez.
"It will clearly be a bullpen day (Wednesday)," Farrell said. "Who starts has yet to be determined."
On of the highlight's of Monday's action in the big leagues was former Blue Jay Aaron Hill hitting for the cycle, which helped the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Seattle 7-1. Hill ended his big night in style with his fourth and final hit being a home run.
Hill became the fifth Arizona player to hit for the cycle. Oddly enough, the player who last did the deed for the Diamondbacks was Kelly Johnson, the player the Jays received from Arizona when they traded Hill away.
Johnson's cycle came against San Francisco on July 23, 2010.
"It was kind of tough because we ended up losing that game," Johnson said. "It's something that you definitely enjoy more as you got away from it because you definitely want to win the game. But it was kind of cool."