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Gregor Chisholm: The Blue Jays career of closer Ken Giles might be over, but Teoscar Hernandez is good to go

Gregor Chisholm: The Blue Jays career of closer Ken Giles might be over, but Teoscar Hernandez is good to go
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Giles was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday afternoon with the recurrence of a right elbow injury that has been plaguing him for most of the year. With 12 days remaining in the regular season, Giles appears done for 2020.

“He gave it all he had and it just didn’t work out,” Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Giles, who allowed two runs over two innings in his return. “That’s how he felt today. I wouldn’t think he’s coming back this year, but that’s speculating. I don’t know that for a fact. There’s not much time left.”

Giles is eligible for free agency at the end of the year. At one point, he likely would have been considered for a qualifying offer, which last year was valued at $18.7 million (U.S.), but that seems unlikely after hitting the IL with a similar elbow injury in 2019 and then missing almost all of 2020.

The Jays have a deep bullpen and a future closer in Jordan Romano, who is currently also on the IL with a finger injury. That could be enough to convince Toronto to allocate its resources elsewhere, but a reunion can’t be entirely ruled out because fellow veteran Anthony Bass will be a free agent at the end of the year and the Jays are expected to return at least a couple of their arms to the minors next season.

The injury news wasn’t all bad Wednesday afternoon as outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was activated a few days ahead of schedule. Hernandez initially wasn’t expected to return from an oblique injury until a weekend series vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, but he was available in an emergency Wednesday night vs. New York.

Hernandez, who hurt himself during a swing against the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 5, missed the minimum 10 days and took the spot of Derek Fisher on the active roster. Fisher was placed on the IL after he was hit by a pitch from right-hander Matt Shoemaker during a live batting practice session on Wednesday afternoon.

“We were not planning on activating him today. It just happened that Fisher got hit during that live batting practice,” Montoyo said before Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. “Now Teo becomes an emergency in case somebody gets hurt, so we have enough guys on the bench. We were planning on activating him tomorrow or the next day, but he got activated because Fisher is out.”

In other moves on a busy Wednesday for the Blue Jays, left-hander Anthony Kay was optioned to the alternate training site in Rochester, N.Y. while right-handers Jacob Waguespack and Hector Perez were added to the active roster.
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