It has been a long road to making a season debut for Ryan Borucki in 2019.
After a promising 17 starts in the back half of the 2018 season, the young left hander came into spring training this year with eyes on cementing a place as a permanent member of the Toronto Blue Jays rotation going forward.
Unfortunately, an elbow injury robbed him of that opportunity to break camp with the team and what was supposed to be a small injury ended up pushing back his debut all the way into late July.
Borucki finally made his season debut as Monday night’s starter for the Blue Jays’ 7-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, and it didn’t take long for another potential injury to pop up just as the 25-year-old’s tough season got underway.
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A blister popped up on the index finger of his pitching hand, leaving him bleeding onto the belt loops of his home whites.
Blue Jays fans don’t need to be reminded about how something as small as a blister can derail a start - Aaron Sanchez, we’re looking at you - but Borucki showed no interest in coming out of the game.
He threw 94 pitches over 4.2 innings, giving up four runs - two of them earned because of some hard-luck errors - seven hits, and four walks.
It wasn’t a stellar outing by any means, but considering the injuries he battled through both short and long term to finally get back on the mound, Borucki will certainly be happy enough just to be able to be back on a major league field.
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