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The Blue Jays transferred Kirby Yates (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
Yates will miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list in order to clear up a 40-man roster spot. LHP Tommy Milone was added to the Blue Jays roster in a corresponding move. Yates will rehab and look to return for the 2022 season.
Blue Jays RHP Kirby Yates underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
Yates' season is officially over before it ever began. He'll be sidelined into the 2022 campaign as he recovers from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. In his place, Jordan Romano is expected to serve as the Blue Jays' closer. He has the talent and strikeout upside to hold the job all season long.
Blue Jays reliever Kirby Yates is “most likely” heading for season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Ross Atkins.
Yates was originally diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right arm and was expected to miss multiple weeks, but the injury is apparently much more serious than that. Nothing has been officially decided yet, but fantasy managers should assume at this point that Yates will miss the 2021 season. With Yates out, Jordan Romano is the favorite to close out games for the Blue Jays, though Rafael Dolis could get a look, as well.
Blue Jays reliever Kirby Yates is dealing with a major injury. The right-hander was diagnosed with a flexor-pronator strain in his right arm and is expected to miss multiple weeks.
This is a major loss for the Blue Jays' bullpen as Yates was in line to win the closer role. He has had an up-and-down career but became a highly-coveted free agent this past winter after 2019 saw him make the All-Star Team and finish ninth in Cy Young voting. He owns a 3.54 ERA over 291 career appearances. The Yavapai College product turns 34 on Thursday and, prior to his injury, checked in as the 10th-best reliever in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker says the closer role is Kirby Yates' "job to lose."
Yates underwent elbow surgery last year but he was always expected to be the team's closer if healthy. The plan is for Toronto to use Jordan Romano in "high leverage" situations, and it's clear that he would be next in line if anything happens to Yates.