Alvarez's elbow injury not considered serious
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell says that pulling starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who was experiencing elbow soreness in Monday's start, was just a precaution. The Jays remain optimistic that Alvarez won't miss a start.
"We don't know it fully, we'll have more information tomorrow [Tuesday], but initially, we're optimistic," Farrell said. "I wouldn't categorize it as an injury right now, even though he left the game with some stiffness."
The Blue Jays have had no luck with their starting rotation lately. Alvarez represents the fourth starter to go down to injury in the month of June. Brandon Morrow is sidelined with a strained oblique, Kyle Drabek underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery and Drew Hutchison is out with a sprained elbow.
The Jays reportedly signed 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract in the wake of their rotation's sudden lack of durability. Alvarez will undergo an MRI Tuesday to determine the seriousness of his injury.
"I'm going to go to Florida tomorrow, I'm going to get an MRI, hopefully it's not serious," Alvarez said following the Jays' 9-6 win over the Red Sox. "But I'm going to come back tomorrow after the MRI and hopefully I won't miss any starts."