TORONTO — Kevin Gausman left his last start of the routine season after simply 3 innings Sunday with a cut on his ideal middle finger, which is unpleasant timing with his next start arranged for the AL Wild Card Series.
Gausman wasn’t revealing any apparent indications of pain on the mound, setting out 4 with 2 runs scored, however the veteran right-hander has actually long handled blisters. He generally pitches through those blisters, taking them as an indication that his hallmark splitter is at its finest that day, so this might be an indication of preventative measure from the Blue Jays.
Gausman has actually delighted in a strong season for the Blue Jays in his very first year of a five-year, $110 million agreement he signed this previous offseason. He’ll complete the routine season with a 3.35 age over 174 1/3 innings, setting out 205 batters, and he’s put himself in a position to be among the leaders of Toronto’s rotation in the postseason.
Behind Alek Manoah, who’s anticipated to begin Game 1 of the Wild Card Series, Gausman would line up in either Game 2 or Game 3, depending upon how the Blue Jays pick to set up the rotation with Ross Stripling.
With Gausman out, reducer Zach Pop took control of for the 4th inning, implying the Blue Jays required to get at least 6 innings from their bullpen Sunday ahead of their journey to Baltimore on Monday. They’ll complete the season with 3 video games versus the Orioles, as they attempt to hold back Seattle for the No. 1 Wild Card seed and home-field benefit in the Wild Card Series.