As George springer Continuing to slowly progress towards a comeback, I can’t help but wonder why the Blue Jays thought he was ready to play at the end of April.
I realize this isn’t an easy situation to break down, but now that we have a little bit of perspective to add to the perspective, it seems pretty ludicrous that Springer made his Blue Jays debut on April 28 and n hasn’t been in the lineup again since May 2.
Just as we were told for most of the year, at the end of April we learned that the 3x All-Star was near. Ultimately, the Blue Jays determined he was close enough to game-ready to introduce him to roster as a designated hitter, where he tallied 15 at-hits over four games.
I can understand that they wanted to bring him back into the swing of a busy MLB schedule, but it was the way Springer got back to the injured list that was so frustrating. On literally the first test of having to run almost full speed out of the batter’s box, Springer was gripping his leg and clearly felt a change from the injury that had plagued him for most of the spring. We went through a few days of ‘is he hurt or not? And debates over the meaning of the word “fatigue” before the Blue Jays finally have to admit their mistake and send it back to the IL.
It’s been over a month since everything went downhill, and these days we keep hearing the same story of “he’s near.” Sportsnet’s Ben Wagner posted a video on Sunday morning of Springer who is running the basics, which is obviously an encouraging sign. That said, I would estimate he might be spinning 75-80% in the short clip, and the Blue Jays have been very evasive about a return date for the 31-year-old.
To be fair, Springer has dealt with some of the most difficult injuries baseball players can recover from. It was first an oblique injury that clouded the start of his big contract with a new team, then came the quad injury, which currently prevents him from playing. This time around, the Jays seem to understand that rushing it in any way could cause other issues, especially considering how quickly you can suffer a setback with something like a quad.
What’s done is done, so I’m not going to get too freaked out about it, but I’m happy to see Springer and the Blue Jays taking a much more patient approach this time around. I asked so much in early May when he had to sit down, but if I’m honest I didn’t think it would take him that long to come back. Now that it does, it seems all the more baffling since it was in the lineup at the end of April.
That said, if that’s what it takes to get Springer back healthy, so be it. The Blue Jays have done pretty well in his absence, thanks in large part to Randal Grichuk who performed so well as a regular center fielder, and they sit 30-27 after losing Sunday’s game to the Houston Astros. I can’t help but wonder where this team would be if Springer hadn’t tried to rush, and I can’t wait to see the kind of impact he can have when he’s healthy.