Blue Jays monitoring injured players

Blue Jays monitoring injured players

TORONTO -- While the injury bug struck the Blue Jays early this season, it appears not to be as serious as first anticipated.

Starting pitcher Brian Tallet -- on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 18 with left forearm soreness -- underwent an MRI in St. Petersburg over the weekend, revealing no structural damage. According to manager Cito Gaston, Tallet will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis before resuming regular baseball activities.

"He's going to be a while," Gaston said. "He's going to rest it on and off for a bit, and then hopefully he can start throwing again. I'd say he'll be back in two or three weeks."

Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who has been on the 15-day DL since April 15, has already begun playing extended spring games at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., serving as a designated hitter. He also participated in throwing activities from 60 feet.

Encarnacion will to return to the lineup probably in a week or two, said Gaston.

"He's still sore and will have to play a bit to get himself in shape," said Gaston. "The kid missed Spring Training. His arm wasn't in shape, that's all it is."

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, who was expected to crack the starting rotation this season, is still rehabbing in Dunedin from a fractured middle finger on his pitching hand. The injury occurred in his final Grapefruit Leage start against the Yankees on March 30. He has been on the 15-day DL since April 5, with no immediate timetable for his return.

James Hall is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.