Injuries & Moves: Romo signed to 1-year deal

June 29th, 2022

Keep track of the Blue Jays’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

June 29: RHP Sergio Romo signed to one-year MLB deal
The 39-year-old veteran joins a Blue Jays bullpen in need of reinforcements, and he will have an opportunity to carve out a role for the stretch run. Romo will need to bounce back from his time with the Mariners earlier this season, though, when he posted an 8.16 ERA over 14 1/3 innings before being released last week. -- Keegan Matheson

June 29: RHP Shaun Anderson optioned to Triple-A Buffalo
Anderson made just one appearance with the Blue Jays after his recent promotion, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in his lone inning of work. He’ll remain a long relief option if needed. -- Keegan Matheson

June 29: LHP Tayler Saucedo moved to 60-day injured list
This is strictly procedural, to make room for Romo on the 40-man roster. Saucedo continues to rehab and could be an option for the Blue Jays soon. -- Keegan Matheson

INJURY UPDATES

10-day & 15-day IL

RHP Trevor Richards (neck strain)
Estimated return:
Potentially early July
Richards threw a 21-pitch session to Blue Jays hitters on June 27 at Rogers Centre, just prior to the start of their series against the Red Sox. Toronto will see how he bounces back from this and plan the next steps, but he should be ready for a rehab assignment shortly, if that's what the club chooses to do next. -- Keegan Matheson (Last updated: June 27)

C (metacarpal fracture in left hand)
Expected return: Potentially early July
Jansen has been playing catch and working in the batting cage, and getting closer to taking live batting practice. -- Andrew Wagner (Last updated: June 25)

RHP Julian Merryweather (left oblique strain)
Estimated return:
TBD
Merryweather underwent an MRI on June 14 that revealed a moderate left oblique strain, a similar diagnosis to the one that sidelined the reliever from mid-April to mid-September last season. The 30-year-old Merryweather was removed from the June 13 game against the Orioles and landed on the 15-day IL the following day. -- Julia Kreuz (Last updated: June 15)

LHP Andrew Vasquez (right foot/ankle)
Expected return:
TBD
Vasquez injured his right ankle covering first base on June 8 against the Royals in Kansas City. He was helped off the field by two trainers, not putting much weight on that right foot. When the injury did not improve after a couple of days off it, Toronto placed him on the injured list for an extended rest. -- Dawn Klemish (Last updated: June 10)

60-day IL

LHP Tayler Saucedo (right hip discomfort)
Expected return:
Potentially early July
Saucedo will continue to rehab with Triple-A Buffalo, where he last pitched 1 1/3 innings on June 26, while building up to 23 pitches. His move to the 60-day IL on June 29 was simply procedural for roster purposes, but the lefty could be an option for the Major League club in July as the Blue Jays continue to look for fresh bullpen arms. -- Keegan Matheson (Last updated: June 29)

RHP Nate Pearson (right lat strain)
Expected return:
August at the earliest
Pearson has been shut down for three to four weeks by the Blue Jays, meaning he'll need to build back up again when he's eventually healthy. By some point in mid-to-late July, we should have a clearer picture on whether Pearson can factor into the 2022 roster. This could eventually open the door to Pearson returning in even shorter stints if he's able to come back later in the season, but that decision is still down the road. -- Keegan Matheson (Last updated: June 28)

LHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Ryu will miss the rest of the season and potentially part of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Ryu will return to Los Angeles in the coming weeks for a follow-up. In the meantime, he and the Blue Jays will begin to chart out his long rehab process and where it will take place. -- Keegan Matheson (Last updated: June 18)