04/24/12 12:30 AM ET
Scuffling Bautista finds ways to contribute
By Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
Santos' MRI reveals no structural damage
KANSAS CITY -- An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the inflammation in Sergio Santos' right shoulder but showed no structural damage.The Blue Jays closer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and a visit to orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum in California served as confirmation of the injury. After Monday's win, manager John Farrell said he considered the news good. Farrell added that Santos wouldn't throw for 10 days to two weeks, and after that the team will "initiate the throwing program." In Santos' absence, Francisco Cordero picked up two straight saves in the final two games of the Blue Jays' series with the Royals.
Farrell relates to Royals' losing streak
KANSAS CITY -- While the Blue Jays have built a winning streak in Kansas City, the Royals' stretch of consecutive losses has reached double digits.Each Blue Jays win this weekend has extended the Royals' losing streak, and entering Monday it stood at 10 straight. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he couldn't remember being involved with a losing streak quite that long, but he did compare the stretch for Kansas City to periods of rough showings by Toronto. "We've had our own issues where you don't feel good about the way things are going," Farrell said. "You may eek out a win every now and then. At times it can make you tentative, and at times it can make you over aggressive. I just look at our team, and sometimes when we get over aggressive we can make mistakes that will have an effect on a given inning or cut an inning short. You still have to trust in your abilities and your routine and how you go about getting prepared and reacting to the game situations as they evolve."
The Blue Jays keep on turning double plays. The Toronto infield completed two more in Sunday's win in Kansas City, increasing the season total to 23, the most in baseball. With his first start of the season at second base on Sunday, 44-year-old Omar Vizquel became the oldest position player in Blue Jays history to start a game. The oldest pitcher? That would be Phil Niekro, who last started for the Blue Jays on Aug. 29, 1987. He earned a no-decision and pitched just two-thirds of an inning at the age of 48. Ricky Romero's win Sunday pushed his record to 3-0, tying him for the most wins in baseball. Only eight other pitchers in baseball have three wins and no losses. Two are 3-1.
Vinnie Duber is an associate producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.