Updates from Sunday, June 15
John Lott of the National Post provided R.A. Dickey's status after injuring his groin:
Good sign: R.A. Dickey playing catch right now, a day after leaving game with groin tightness. #BlueJays— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) June 15, 2014
The Toronto Blue Jays were thrown a bit of a knuckleball on Saturday evening.
Toronto starting pitcher R.A. Dickey left his start against the Baltimore Orioles after an apparent groin injury hampered the former Cy Young Award winner.
Scott MacArthur of TSN reported Dickey's injury:
Anthony Rieber of Newsday offered more insight into the injury:
Dickey threw one warmup pitch to test whatever it was and immediately walked off the mound.— Anthony Rieber (@therealarieber) June 14, 2014
Dickey's season has been a bit rocky despite his current 6-4 record. Coming into Saturday's outing, Dickey held a 4.20 ERA with just 68 strikeouts and 38 walks during that span.
While the season has been far from stellar for Dickey, his outing against the Orioles was going well before the injury, as Barry Davis of Sportsnet points out:
Love him or hate him, 2ER thru 6 innings, isn't a bad day for Dickey or most starters. #bluejays offense just not getting it done now.— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) June 14, 2014
Dickey spoke recently about his season, sharing his thoughts with Megan Robinson of Sportsnet:
RA Dickey: "I came here to win a World Series, I have no personal agenda. If there's a W in our column, it's a successful night." #BlueJays— Megan Robinson (@RobinsonMegan) June 10, 2014
Can the Blue Jays win the AL East without Dickey?
This isn't the first injury of Dickey's career. Back in 2012, the same season he won the Cy Young, Dickey was suffering from an abdominal tear that he still pitched through.
With his team currently in the lead in the AL East with a 40-30 record heading into Saturday, having Dickey back on the mound will be crucial. Following a good outing that was derailed by the injury, he might be finally turning the corner after a slow start to the year.
The New York Yankees are currently riding a four-game winning streak and are once again nipping at the Blue Jays' heels. Following the series with the Orioles, the Jays will travel to New York to tangle with the Yankees.
There is no word yet on the extent of the injury, but missing a start against the Cincinnati Reds next weekend or the Yankees the following week could be a minor setback for the former ace.
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