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Oct 21, 2012 10:12pm
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Depending on the recovery time of Brandon Morrow, the Toronto Blue Jays season
could be hanging in the balance. This much we know, Morrow, who suffered a
strained left oblique muscle after throwing only nine pitches against Washington
on Monday, is going on the 15 day disabled list. The time it takes come back
from this injury is unpredictable and varies case to case Heres a worse case
scenario going back a few years. Chris Young now with the Mets,  was pitching
with the Padres in 2007. He was having an incredible season with a 9-3 record
and a 1.85 era when he strained an oblique on July 24th. He returned August 9th
and didnt win another game for the rest of the season. From a 2008 article in
USA today, I discovered, Stan Conte whos been a trainer with the Giants and the
Dodgers did a study of these painful injuries to these key abdominal muscles
that connect to the bottom of the rib cage. He found it takes a position player
an average of 44 days to return from a strained oblique. Pitchers took 50%
longer likely because of the added torque they put on their torsos with every
pitch. There have been medical advances in the treatment of this injury and
every case is different.  But using the Conte model, Morrow could be out 66 days
or two months if you will. It says here if Morrow is gone that long, the Jays
post-season dreams will be severely damaged if not ruined. You just cant go out
and find a pitcher of the caliber of Morrow in June and maybe not even at the
deadline unless that pitcher is in the final year of his contract or has the
kind of contract a team is just trying to dump. The top two candidates to
replace Morrow, at least in the short term are Jesse Chavez and veteran lefty
Brett Cecil. If by any chance Henderson Alavarez is sent down , maybe they both
get called up, with Cecil starting Sunday and Chavez Tuesday. A Short Stay I was
sorry to see things didnt work out for the Jays and Vladimir Guerrero.  I can
completely understand why the 37-year-old Hall of Famer was pushing hard for a
call-up. However, the Jays couldnt let a player force their hand especially when
outside of one four hit game, Guerrero wasnt exactly putting up stellar numbers
as Las Vegas. In the few highlights I saw, Vladdy didnt exactly seem to be
running that well either. Cleveland, Oakland and maybe Detroit would seem to be
his best shot for future employment Even in mid-June, the numbers are starting
to stack up against the Jays with 100 games to go.  Theyd have to go 60-40 to
finish with 91 victories, which might be what it would take just to grab a wild
card slot. Right now they are 31-31 and in 8th place overall in the American
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—Dallas Eakins has put his team on notice—anyones name could be called to
suit up in the AHLs Calder Cup final. Three rounds of playoff hockey are
catching up to the Toronto Marlies and six players missed Mondays practice with
various injuries while two others took part, but are still waiting to be cleared
for game action. “All of our guys are on a red alert that their time could be
coming,” head coach Eakins said of filling his roster spots. “And you can see it
at practice, they have a little more jump. I dont have to yell at them to get
them going.” The team that opened this years post-season is much different than
the one that took the ice Monday to begin preparation for the Calder Cup final
against the Norfolk Admirals. Forwards Mike Zigomanis, Nazem Kadri and Matt
Frattin and defencemen Jesse Blacker, Korbinian Holzer and Mark Fraser all
skipped practice with various injuries while wingers Marcel Mueller and Carter
Ashton skated, but not on the teams top four lines. Though Eakins said it was a
good sign to have Ashton and Mueller at the rink, he wouldnt give details of the
injuries or a timeline for when anyone would return to the lineup. “Right now,
anybody that wasnt on the ice is hurt and theyll play when theyre healed,” he
said. Despite missing some of their top-six forwards, and their top shut-down
defensive pair, an optimistic Eakins believes things could be a lot worse for
Toronto. “Weve probably got four or five guys who are playing extremely hurt and
for those guys not to pack it in is huge,” he said. “I dont know what we would
do right now without the guys that are totally hurt, and off the ice, and the
guys that are just hanging in there.” The Marlies have played jusst 13 games to
reach the AHL final but along the way they lost a total of 29 man games to
injury.dddddddddddd With so many players sitting out, Eakins has had to call
upon others who originally werent expected to see any time in the post season.
Prospects Spencer Abbott, Stuart Percy and David Broll have had an opportunity
for their first taste of pro playoff hockey while veterans Colton Orr, Kelsey
Wilson and Josh Engel have also found a spot somewhere. “You never really think
youll get in with how much depth this team has but you have to be ready to go,”
said Abbott, who dressed for the first time in Game 3 of the third round.
“Everyone knows we have a few guys down and that was a big help for me to get in
the lineup. Guys go down and you need guys to step up and Im trying my best to
be that guy.” Defenceman Matt Lashoff, who missed 67 regular-season games and
the first round of the playoffs with a knee injury, knows what his teammates are
currently going through. “Its always tough when youre not playing but the
ability our team has to keep guys involved is huge,” he said. “We have such a
family aspect to this team and we look out for each other. We know when to pick
guys up and in the playoffs its only escalated by how important it is to be
here.” Some 33 players have practised with the Marlies during the playoffs, and
26 have played at least one post-season game. “Winning in the playoffs is never
just one guy,” Eakins said. “The teams that win have a handful of guys that are
doing it.” Its uncertain when the current players who are injured will return
but its unlikely all of them will be ready before Toronto heads to Norfolk to
face the Admirals in Game 1 on Friday. ’ ’ ’ 

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