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J.A. Happ diagnosed with elbow inflammation

It’s unclear if Happ will be placed on the DL, but the Blue Jays appear to have dodged a bullet.

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Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ was forced to leave his start against the Orioles on Sunday with an injury. He underwent an MRI on Monday and has been diagnosed with inflammation in his left elbow, according to TSN’s Steve Phillips.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi also reported the injury “is not believed to be serious.” It sounds like the injury-riddled Jays have dodged a bullet with this injury, as it remains to be seen if Happ will even land on the disabled list. He likely will as more of a precautionary measure, especially with the DL shortened to 10 days this season.

Happ had a strong first start of the season in Baltimore, tossing seven innings of three-run ball with nine strikeouts. He followed it up by getting pounded by the Brewers for four runs and nine hits across 4.2 innings of work. Happ was forced to leave his latest start after 4.1 innings. Happ has taken the loss in all three starts. He has a 4.50 ERA and 20 punch-outs through 16 innings of work. The 2-10 Blue Jays are last in the AL East.