Injuries & Moves: Green, Francis to get one more rehab outing

May 24th, 2024

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May 24: RHP (right teres major strain) continues Triple-A rehab
Green will get one more rehab outing with Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. That comes after the right-hander allowed one walk on 12 pitches over one inning in his second rehab appearance on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Green will slide back into a late-inning relief role when he's ready to return.

May 24: RHP (right forearm extensor tendinitis) nearing return
Francis will get another rehab appearance on Saturday, according to manager John Schneider. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) over 2 1/3 innings with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday in a game that was suspended due to rain soon after he exited.

May 22: RHP (thoracic spine inflammation) makes short rehab appearance
Rodríguez threw just 16 pitches in his Triple-A rehab appearance on Tuesday before he was lifted for pitch count reasons. Rodríguez recorded just one out against four hitters, including one who reached on an error, but the results don't matter much at this stage. The Blue Jays hope to get Rodríguez closer to two innings and the 30-to-35 pitch range in his next rehab appearance.

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RHP Chad Green (right teres major strain)
Expected return: Potentially May 26 or May 27
Green was scheduled for a third rehab outing with Triple-A Buffalo on May 25. He threw one inning in his rehab debut with the Bisons on May 19, allowing one hit with a strikeout over nine pitches. Green followed that with a 12-pitch inning on May 22. This bullpen could use the help, too, and Green can slide into some valuable high-leverage innings right out of the gate. Green's eventual return should allow the Blue Jays to find some lower-leverage innings for someone like Erik Swanson as they try to get him back to his 2023 form. (Last updated: May 24)

RHP (right forearm extensor tendinitis)
Expected return:
Potentially May 27 or May 28
Francis was set for another outing with Triple-A Buffalo on May 26, per manager John Schneider. The right-hander could be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays as early as next week, and he should immediately slide into his role as this bullpen's long man. (Last updated: May 24)

RHP (thoracic spine inflammation)
Expected return:
Potentially early to mid-June
Rodríguez recorded just one out on 16 pitches in his May 21 rehab appearance in Triple-A before he was removed from the game for pitch count purposes. The Blue Jays hope to get Rodríguez up to 30-35 pitches his next time out and will continue to stretch him out from there. If the Blue Jays' five starters keep rolling, they can shorten Rodríguez up into a bullpen role, but the organization will keep its options open as he continues to rehab for the next couple of weeks. (Last updated: May 22)

LHP (left ulnar nerve inflammation; No. 1 prospect on Blue Jays top 30 list)
Expected return: Potentially June
The Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect dodged a more serious injury here, so while this is a sigh of relief in the short term, the Blue Jays hope their prized lefty can stay healthy for the remainder of the season and build some momentum, which has been difficult over the past two seasons.

Tiedemann, who is currently on the Minor League 7-day IL, is beginning to build up again. The Blue Jays will be cautious, but this time missed should naturally take care of any workload concerns in 2024. If Tiedemann is able to return within the next month, that still leaves half a season to work with as a starter. When he's at his best, Tiedemann still has the talent to kick the door down and help the Blue Jays in the big leagues. (Last updated: May 17)

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LHP (Tommy John surgery, No. 4 prospect on Blue Jays top 30 list)
Expected return: 2025
Barriera's agent announced in late April that the 20-year-old lefty had undergone Tommy John surgery with an internal brace to repair a Grade 2 UCL tear and was placed on the Minor League season-ending injured list. The Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect will miss the rest of the 2024 season and likely part of the 2025 season, though that timeline should be clearer early next year.

This is another difficult setback for the Blue Jays' first-round pick from 2022. Barriera was shut down after the Draft that year, dealt with injuries in 2023 and is now done for '24, leaving him with just 21 2/3 pro innings under his belt. Barriera had impressed in camp and was touching 97 mph regularly, but for now, he'll focus on the rehab process and attempt to come back strong in his age-21 season. (Last updated: May 17)