05/03/12 9:54 PM ET
Closer Santos hopes to return within two weeks
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
Toronto's closer has been out since April 21 with inflammation in his right shoulder. He was shut down from all baseball activities while receiving treatment but is nearing the point of being able to start his rehab.
"I'll do some shoulder program stuff and kind of strengthen the muscles around my shoulder and then start playing catch," Santos said.
"I don't know [a timeframe], but it shouldn't be too long. I'm assuming it should probably be a couple of weeks of getting my arm strength back to game form. Hopefully within the next 12 to 14 days -- that would be perfect."
Santos first experienced discomfort while recording a save against the Royals on April 20. He arrived at the ballpark the following day, and when the soreness didn't go away, he felt compelled to inform the coaching staff.
It was a new experience for Santos -- a former shortstop -- because it was the first time he ever suffered an injury as a pitcher. Even though it's possible that Santos could have pitched through the pain, both the club and the right-hander felt it was in his best interest to take a cautious approach.
"I want to come back as quickly as I can just because whenever you come to a new team you want to show what you've got," said Santos, who was acquired from the White Sox for pitching prospect Nestor Molina during the offseason. "The hard part is kind of holding the reins back and not letting me go.
"They are taking their time and it kind of shows that they care about me. They want me to get healthy and help this team because me being injured obviously doesn't help the team and me trying to play while I'm injured doesn't help much either."
Santos, who has allowed five runs in five innings this season, flew to California shortly after suffering the injury to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum.
While the injury was a disappointing setback, it did allow Santos to visit his family in a neighboring suburb of Anaheim while he waited to rejoin the Blue Jays on their West Coast road trip.
"It's bittersweet," Santos said. "I wanted to be at home to spend some time with my family but I want to be out with the guys, playing baseball with them. I've been watching, following them, on the MLB Network and my baseball package.
"It was nice but just being back in the clubhouse feels good, and it feels good to put your stuff back on and I'm feeling a lot better so I'm excited about that."
Santos is 6-8 with 33 saves in 120 career innings with the Blue Jays and White Sox.
Mathis back in Anaheim for first time since deal
ANAHEIM -- The start of Toronto's four-game series against the Angels was a homecoming of sorts for Jeff Mathis.
The veteran catcher spent seven seasons in Anaheim, and until an offseason deal to the Blue Jays, it was the only professional team he had ever known.
Those past memories created somewhat of an eerie feeling for Mathis when he arrived at Angel Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
"It was a little weird coming back, going into the other clubhouse," said Mathis, who is hitting .294 in seven games this season. "But it was good to see the guys. Good to be here."
The Blue Jays landed late Wednesday night, and Mathis couldn't help but check the score of the Angels game upon arrival. It was then that Mathis noticed former teammate Jered Weaver had a no-hitter through six innings.
When Toronto arrived at its team hotel, the game was in the eighth, which allowed Mathis just enough time to watch Weaver record the 10th no-hitter in Angels history.
"That was pretty fun to watch," Mathis said. "It looked like him and Chris [Iannetta] were on the same page and anytime you put up that many zeroes and then you put up a zero in the hit column too, that's pretty special.
"I saw when I landed, I pulled it up on the Internet, and it was like the sixth inning, and I saw he got through that and I was like, 'Oh, dang.' Then when we drove from LAX ... so I went upstairs and came back down to see it."
Mathis has received just 17 at-bats this season as a backup to starter J.P. Arencibia, but he has two home runs and two doubles with five RBIs during that limited action.
Outfielder Davis day to day with hip flexor issue
ANAHEIM -- Outfielder Rajai Davis is listed as day to day because of a left hip flexor injury.
Davis sustained the injury during the fourth inning of Wednesday's 11-5 victory over the Rangers. It's not something that should keep him out of action for a long period of time, but there is no immediate timetable for a return.
"This morning he felt better than expected," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's still day to day, but at least it's not as severe as maybe first thought. Today has been better.
"He attempted to steal and it was a slide step. So he started and stopped real quick and that quick change in direction is when he felt it in his left hip flexor."
Davis, who is the Blue Jays No. 4 outfielder, is hitting .207 (6-for-29) with three extra-base hits and three stolen bases in 19 games this season.