Injuries not solely to blame for recent woes

Injuries not solely to blame for recent woes

Injuries not solely to blame for recent woes
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays could easily be forgiven if they wanted to use injuries as the main reason for their recent swoon in the American League East.

Toronto entered play on Saturday with a record that is six games below .500 for the first time this season and has dropped 10 of its past 12 games.

With 13 players currently on the disabled list it's virtually impossible for the Blue Jays to have a sudden change in fortune, but injuries haven't been the sole cause of their recent woes.

"No, not satisfied overall," manager John Farrell said of his club's performance of late. "We've had some games where we've not executed well. Whether it's defensively, whether it has been some things on the basepaths or whether it has been some things from the mound.

"We certainly haven't strung together perfect games by any means, but yet there are other games we've battled right to the end, either been walked off, or things didn't go our way but put together a solid game and just came up short. There has been a mixed bag, there's no question."

The Blue Jays are currently playing without regulars Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia in their lineup while Colby Rasmus is also out because of a strained right groin.

The absence of those key players has led to prolonged slump at the plate for most of the team. Toronto has averaged just 2.4 runs per game over its past 12 games and is hitting just .210 with a .256 on-base percentage and a .570 OPS over that same span.