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Elbow impingement lands Tepera on injured list

@baseballexis
May 21, 2019

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays were forced to send yet another pitcher to the injury list on Tuesday, with Ryan Tepera joining those already on the sidelines with a right elbow impingement. The 31-year-old has been dealing with bone spurs in his throwing elbow for an extended period of time,

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays were forced to send yet another pitcher to the injury list on Tuesday, with Ryan Tepera joining those already on the sidelines with a right elbow impingement.

The 31-year-old has been dealing with bone spurs in his throwing elbow for an extended period of time, and after throwing an inning in Monday's 12-2 loss -- allowing two home runs -- the right-hander told the coaching staff that he "didn't feel right."

Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo indicated that Tepera's ailment is connected to Spring Training, when the reliever was sidelined with right elbow inflammation.

"He was trying to pitch through it, and he just couldn't get it going, according to him," Montoyo said. "He was still throwing 94 [mph], so it was tough to tell."

Though Tepera has been placed on the 10-day injured list, there is concern that he could be out for much longer.

"It's less than ideal anytime a player is trying to work through [an injury]," said Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins. "And he's dealt with the bone spur issue, and he's been trying to get back to that form and feels as though he's just not getting there. So getting another look is what we're going to do."

Having already had a cortisone shot and working his way through what was bothering him during the spring enough to join the Major League roster, Tepera's next step is a visit to Dr. David Altchek.

"He does have impingement, and the bone spurs are an issue that he has pitched with for some time," Atkins said. "From time to time, he will get inflammation in and around them. At the current moment, we don't know the level of inflammation.

"We'll gather more information to find out, but he's been through this process of getting a cortisone injection already, and he would like to get more information from the doctor again to see if there's anything else we can do, because he's not comfortable at this point."

Tepera joins an IL that already houses Ryan Borucki and Clayton Richard, who have yet to appear this season -- out with left elbow inflammation and a right knee stress reaction, respectively -- Matt Shoemaker, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, and Clay Buchholz, sidelined with right shoulder inflammation since May 9.

In a corresponding move for Tepera, right-hander Jimmy Cordero was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo ahead of Tuesday's game. The 27-year-old right-hander originally signed as an amateur free agent with the Blue Jays in 2012 and was claimed off waivers from the Nationals on Wednesday.

"I was here before, with the Blue Jays organization, and couldn't make the team back then," Cordero said through team interpreter Hector Lebron. "But now I've got the opportunity to be here. I'm just going to do the best I can to help the team win."

Cordero will join the bullpen and is expected to be a one-inning reliever.

Alexis Brudnicki is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @baseballexis.