Newspaper article The Canadian Press

All-Star Dream Over: Blue Jays All-Put Marco Estrada on 15-Day Disabled List

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

All-Star Dream Over: Blue Jays All-Put Marco Estrada on 15-Day Disabled List

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Blue Jays Estrada placed on 15-day DL


TORONTO - Marco Estrada has put the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the American League all-stars.

Estrada was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Blue Jays on Wednesday, ruling him out from the all-star game on July 12. He was named to the AL's team less than 24 hours before a sore back put him on the DL.

"I haven't had much sleep just knowing that there might be the possibility that I might not get to pitch in this game," said Estrada on the field of Rogers Centre, wearing a shirt supporting teammate Michael Saunders's all-star candidacy. "I guess my worst nightmare came true, unfortunately.

"But in the long run, this is the right thing to do. I think in the long run this is going to benefit me."

Estrada has struggled with a sore back all season that was re-aggravated by taking batting practice ahead of games in Philadelphia and Colorado, both National League ballparks. He had a cortisone injection in spring training and then again on Monday.

Despite the lingering soreness, Estrada is 5-3 with a 2.93 earned-run average, a 0.99 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and 99 strikeouts in 16 games started. It would have been his first all-star game appearance. Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion were also named to the American League all-stars on Tuesday.

"We still have a lot of games left to play and I need to be healthy for (the Blue Jays)," said Estrada, who said his back wasn't great but improving and that he was limited to walking at this point in his rehabilitation. "So right now the best thing to do is take some time off and just enjoy (the all-star game). I'm still going to be a part of the all-star team.

"I'll be there supporting the guys and I'll just enjoy every minute of it."

Toronto manager John Gibbons said the move -- retroactive to July 3 -- was necessary with the Blue Jays in the midst of a pennant race in the American League East.

"We just thought it was best," Gibbons said. …

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