Sad news: He has little changes of playing again, Blue Jays announced sidelining him indefinitely.

The Toronto Blue Jays provided some injury updates on Monday with regards to pitchers Yariel Rodriguez and Jordan Romano, as well as first baseman Joey Votto.

First, on Rodriguez, from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet:

Yariel Rodriguez slated to pitch out of the bullpen Wednesday with triple-A Buffalo. Blue Jays want to keep him stretched out and wanted him to come out of the bullpen at least once. Slated for about 55 pitches/3-4 up downs.

The 27-year-old Rodriguez is dealing with back issues. He made four starts for the Jays back in April, going 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA.

Regarding Romano, who is experiencing elbow problems:

According to John Schneider, Jordan Romano had an anti-inflammatory injection in his right elbow yesterday. Like the one he was given during spring training. He has three to five days off.
This season, Romano has a 6.59 ERA and is 1-2. After striking out 13 batters in 13.2 innings, he has eight saves. The past two seasons, he has been an All-Star in both.

Regarding Votto, he continues to be out while recovering from an ankle ailment sustained during spring training.

Joey Votto continues to work through a running progression while taking live at-bats. There is currently no timeline for him to start playing.

Let go by the Cincinnati Reds this offseason, Votto is a six-time All-Star, an MVP winner and a Gold Glover. He is a lifetime .294 hitter who has led the majors in on-base percentage three different seasons. He signed a minor league deal with Toronto during spring training.

Votto’s potential to play for the Blue Jays this season seems destined to be a happy-making anecdote rather than a factor in the team’s success. Given that he was raised in Toronto and represented Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Votto may prove to be a means of maintaining some fan interest if the Blue Jays decide to sell before the trade deadline. Currently, the team is tied for last place in the division.

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