Osuna struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to lock down his 37th save Tuesday against the Royals. Osuna blew two saves before missing 10 days with a neck injury, but has rebounded with a pair of perfect innings in two appearances since. He's now converted 37 of 47 save opportunities.
Osuna (neck) struck out a batter in a clean ninth inning to pick up his 36th save. Osuna was out with a neck injury and then left the team to witness the birth of his child. This was his first outing in 11 days, and the save snapped a streak of two blown chances. Osuna has been streaky this year, as he has blown 10 saves and owns a 3.60 ERA despite a sub-1.00 WHIP.
Manager John Gibbons said Osuna (neck) is away from the Blue Jays to witness the birth of his child, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. It's unclear how long Osuna will be away from the team, but Ryan Tepera will take care of the ninth inning until then. The 22-year-old has been dealing with a neck issue recently, so even when he does return, it's unclear whether he'll be ready to resume closing games immediately.
Osuna is dealing with a neck issue and the Blue Jays hope he only needs a day or two to recover, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. The right-hander was not on the mound as the Jays closed out a 5-4 win Saturday, though Ryan Tepera didn't make things easy, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk despite logging the save. Osuna also warmed up in the eighth inning Friday as Toronto was rallying. He has dealt with several physical issues in addition to anxiety this season, and the club hopes this setback is temporary. Even if he is healthy, however, Osuna may have to hold off Tepera, who may at least threaten his hold on the job.
Osuna blew a save chance for the 10th time in 2017 on Tuesday, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk to the Red Sox in the ninth -- leading to an eventual loss in 19 innings. He's now blown two straight saves and three of his last six chances, which has Osuna's career-worst ERA climbing steadily -- it's up to 3.66 now. That said, there's been some bad luck involved here, as the young righty's strand rate is astonishingly low at 59.5 percent. Osuna has elicited many more balls on the ground this year than in his first two seasons, but the result has been a spike in opponents' BABIP. He's still sitting on the best strikeout rate (11.6 K/9), walk rate (1.37 BB/9), FIP (1.83) and xFIP (2.66) of his career, strongly suggesting that this moment presents a fine buy-low opportunity.
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