Milone (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday. Milone hit the injured list at the start of May with left shoulder inflammation. The injury is apparently serious enough to shut him down for at least two months, so he'll now be ineligible to return before the start of July. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Blue Jays to select Alek Manoah's contract.
The Blue Jays placed Milone on the 10-day injured list Sunday with left shoulder inflammation. Milone likely picked up the injury during his long-relief appearance Saturday, when he was tagged for four runs over 2.1 innings in Toronto's win over Atlanta. The Blue Jays recalled Anthony Kay from their alternate site in a corresponding move, giving the team another lefty arm capable of providing some length out of the bullpen.
Milone (1-0) earned the win in relief Tuesday against the Nationals after allowing one run on three hits and a walk across his lone inning of work. Milone entered the game in the third inning to replace the opener, Trent Thornton, and while he gave up a run on a solo shot from Yadiel Hernandez, he looked poised the rest of the way -- he tossed 15 of his 21 pitches for strikes despite not fanning anyone. The veteran lefty has given up runs in four of his five appearances this season, however, so he hasn't exactly been a reliable arm out of the Blue Jays' bullpen despite posting a 16:3 K:BB across 12 innings to date.
Milone didn't factor into the decision in a 3-2 loss to the Royals during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, giving up two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings. He struck out four. The veteran southpaw didn't give the Jays much length in his spot start, getting the hook after 39 pitches (26 strikes). Milone has pitched reasonably well to begin the season, posting a 3.24 ERA and 12:2 K:BB through 8.1 innings, but he will remain in a swingman role for now.
Milone will make a spot start in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals. Milone has appeared as a reliever in both of his outings thus far this season, though he threw three innings both times, so he should be able to handle four or five Saturday if he works efficiently. As a starter for Atlanta and Baltimore last season, the veteran lefty struggled to a 6.69 ERA.
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