Blue Jays Injury Notes: Santos, Johnson, Reyes, Cabrera

Jim McIsaac

Sergio Santos, Melky Cabrera, Josh Johnson, and Jose Reyes all have had recent developments with their injuries.

Sergio Santos having surgery

Relief pitcher Sergio Santos will likely have surgery this week to clean out bone spurs and chips in his elbow. The surgery is not season-ending, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. His expected recovery time is about six weeks, though the Blue Jays will have a better idea after he actually undergoes the procedue.

Santos, 29, has been on the disabled list since mid-April due to a right triceps strain. He had been nearing a minor league rehab stint, but that obviously will not happen now.

The right hander pitched in five games earlier this season, allowing one earned run on a homer while striking out six batters in 4.1 innings.

Cabrera to have MRI

After suffering tightness in his hamstrings, outfielder Melky Cabrera will have an MRI on his legs to make sure there is no structural damage, reports Davidi.

It's probably unlikely that an MRI will turn up anything, but the Blue Jays want to be cautious as Cabrera, 28, has not looked entirely comfortable on the basepaths this year. He has not missed any time recently due to the injury.

Cabrera is hitting just .261/.298/.338 for the Blue Jays this year.

Johnson, Reyes both make progress

Starting pitcher Josh Johnson and shortstop Jose Reyes have both made progress with their injuries. Johnson played long toss and is expected to pitch off a mound soon while Reyes had his walking boot removed.

Reyes' anticipated recovery time has not changed. The shortstop is still expected to return around the All-Star break after suffering a severely sprained ankle early in the season.

The Blue Jays were hoping Johnson could begin a minor league rehab stint around May 21st, and his latest developments seem to have him on pace for just that. Johnson has been out since late April with inflammation in his triceps.

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