Blue Jays' Jordan Romano will visit elbow specialist, while Tim Mayza gets DFAed

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Desperate for a shot in the arm, the Blue Jays showed the door to their longest-tenured player, while announcing the club’s closer has an in-person visit with one of baseball’s leading orthopedic surgeons.

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Just another day in the life of a team that seems to lose as many players as games and is coming off a 16-5 drubbing at the hands of the New York Yankees.

When it appeared Jordan Romano would return from an injured elbow at some point before the all-star game, the Markham native is now scheduled to visit Dr. Keith Meister on July 2, the master when it comes to all things related to the elbow.

Alek Manoah visited the team doctor for the Texas Rangers following his elbow setback.

Surgery was recommended and the former Cy Young Award finalist, who is back with the Blue Jays, won’t be pitching for the balance of the season following his successful procedure.

Fingers are crossed when it comes to Romano, a former all-star who first experienced elbow discomfort back in spring training.

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Oddly enough, he was seen long tossing with Yimi Garcia prior to Friday night’s game amid optimism both would soon be back to a Jays bullpen that grows thinner by the day and more incompetent each and every passing game minus its two best arms.

Prior to Saturday’s game, the third of a four-game set against the Yankees, Jays manager John Schneider said Romano felt discomfort following his throwing session on Friday.

The good news involves an imaging performed on Romano’s elbow, which was deemed to be good.

They’ll now wait and see what an in-person evaluation reveals.

Garcia, according to Schneider, seems to be fine.

In another pitching development, the Jays made the tough call on Tim Mayza, the team’s resident survivor who is beloved by all.

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Personal feelings aside, the Jays simply had to make a baseball decision given Mayza’s season-long woes, culminating Friday night when the lefty couldn’t retire a single batter as the Yankees lit him up in the ninth inning by scoring five runs off Mayza.

Prior to that appearance, Mayza gave up two runs in Boston without retiring a single hitter.

Many will decry Mayza being designated for assignment, but it was the right move on a team when so much is going wrong.

Up until the 2024 season, Mayza was a reliable bullpen arm, a much-coveted and needed left-hander who always did the job.

It’s been an entirely different story this season as the writing was on the wall for Mayza, who has been with the organization for 12 years.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays called up Jose Cuas, whom the team claimed off waivers last week after the right-hander was DFAed by the Chicago Cubs.

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