Ryan Borucki’s elbow issues quite possibly could be the biggest disappointment of this season.
Borucki, made his debut last year for the Jays at the age of 24 and ended up pitching 97.2 innings with an ERA of 3.87.
Borucki was the biggest surprise of last season and ended up being the most consistent starter on the roster post J.A. Happ trade with the Yankees at the deadline.
But this year, Borucki has faced serious setbacks since spring training. Right before the season began, news came out that Borucki would miss his first start due to elbow inflammation. But his health hasn’t improved.
Ryan Borucki has now been placed on the 60-day IL due to the issues with his elbow on his throwing arm. Obviously any injury to a player who makes a solid contribution sucks but I was really looking forward to seeing how Borucki would grow in his sophomore season.
While most people were looking at how Sanchez and Stroman would bounce back I was looking at how Borucki would develop. Don’t get me wrong Stroman and Sanchez returning to the form that made them look like legitimate number ones is crucial to the future of this franchise. But seeing if Borucki could take the next step and solidify that he can be a solid number three or borderline number two guy in a rotation was one of the things I was most looking forward to on a projected lost season.
This year is focused on youth development. Including the pending call up of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and possible call up of shortstop Bo Bichette. So losing our young left handed starter until at least early June is disappointing.
Hopefully Borucki can return mid season and make an impact because if the issues continue it could result in him needing surgery. Which would mean he’d miss his entire sophomore season and that would be detrimental to his development.