Blue Jays' Tim Mayza Exits vs. Yankees After Suffering Elbow Injury on Wild Pitch

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2019

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 16:  Tim Mayza #58 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the sixth inning during a MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on August 16, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza suffered an elbow injury in the 10th inning against the New York Yankees on Friday night, the team announced

Mayza threw a pitch well behind Didi Gregorius and slowly went down to his knees holding his left forearm.

Ryan Tepera replaced the left-hander on the mound at Rogers Centre.

Mayza struck out 55 batters and posted a 4.67 FIP in 51.1 innings entering Friday, per FanGraphs. His 67 appearances are the most on the team.

A 12th-round pick in the 2013 draft, the 27-year-old is in his third season with the Blue Jays. He made his debut in 2017, when he started in Double-A and worked his way up to the majors.

In May 1999, Tampa Bay Devil Rays starting pitcher Tony Saunders blew out his arm in a seemingly similar fashion. His pitch sailed well to the left of the plate, and he immediately fell to the ground holding his left arm.

Saunders suffered a fracture to his humerus bone, which ended his season, and he never pitched in MLB again. He broke the bone again during a minor league rehab assignment in August 2000, forcing his retirement.

The Blue Jays have 14 more games left in the regular season.

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