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Blue Jays place Steve Delabar on DL; J.A. Happ soon to return

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

All-Star reliever Steve Delabar has landed on the disabled list.
All-Star reliever Steve Delabar has landed on the disabled list. (USATSI)

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The Blue Jays placed All-Star reliever Steve Delabar on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to right shoulder inflammation. It doesn't sound like anything serious, though.

"The way [Delabar's latest discomfort] was related to me was that if this was the playoffs, he could pitch, but it's one of those things that it's better to get on top of it right now because it's taking him a little bit longer to get loose and there is inflammation in the shoulder," Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said (MLB.com). "He was examined by the Angels' team doctor here, and they don't think it's anything significant. He's heading to Florida and will be re-examined by our doctors. It looks like he just needs to rest, more than anything else."

Delabar, 30, has a 2.90 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings this season. He was a feel-good story at the All-Star Game this season.

No corresponding move was announced, but MLB.com reports that J.A. Happ will be the man activated. He hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors since being struck in the head by a line drive on May 7.

In seven starts for the Jays this year, Happ is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 33 innings. He's made five rehab starts across three different minor-league levels, going 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits and three earned runs while striking out six in 4 2/3 innings last time out for Triple-A Buffalo.

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