Toronto Blue Jays: Injury Bug Claims Top Prospect as Latest Victim

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIJune 27, 2012

DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 02:  Travis d'Arnaud #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses for a portrait at Dunedin Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Dunedin, Florida  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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June has turned into a month of horrors for the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

After injuries claimed the season of Kyle Drabek, and sidelined Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison for an extended period of time, the injury bug bit once again. This time, it got Blue Jays' top prospect Travis d'Arnaud of the Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51s.

This comes on the heels of another close call with a starting pitcher in Toronto, as Henderson Alvarez was pulled early on in his most recent start due to elbow soreness. Fortunately for Toronto, further examination after the game revealed that Alvarez was fine and should be okay to take the mound for his next scheduled start.

As for d'Arnaud, his injury puts a halt to what had been an absolutely blistering start to his 2012 season in the Pacific Coast League. d'Arnaud was batting .333 with an astounding OPS of .975. The 23-year-old catcher tore the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee on Monday night when sliding into second base against the Sacramento River Cats.

The torn ligament is expected keep d'Arnaud out for a period of six to eight weeks.

Luckily for d'Arnaud and the Blue Jays organization, Las Vegas doctors said that d'Arnaud will not require surgery.

While the 51s will sorely miss d'Arnaud's production over the next month or two, all the focus within the organization will now be to ensure that d'Arnaud's rehab goes off without a hitch and that the stud catching prospect can regain his mid-season form.

If there is any silver lining to be had from this tough turn of events, it's that Blue Jays fans and media need no longer debate whether or not Travis d'Arnaud should be called up and get the chance to start behind the plate in place of current Jays backstop J.P. Arencibia.