Maicer Izturis Likely Out 4-6 Months

The Blue Jays have announced that infielder Maicer Izturis' MRI revealed a "complete tear" of the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee that will require surgery to repair. Izturis wil seek a second opinion before scheduling the surgery, which typically has a recovery time of four to six months, per the Jays' release.

Izturis, 33, got off to a respectable start this season, batting .286/.324/.314 in his first 38 plate appearances. However, as the National Post's John Lott tweets, the veteran infielder felt two "pops" in his leg after slipping down the dugout steps in Baltimore this weekend.

Izturis is in the second season of a three-year, $10MM contract signed with the Jays prior to the 2013 campaign. He struggled in his first year with Toronto, batting .236/.288/.310 despite owning a vastly superior .274/.336/.381 triple-slash line in the four-year span that preceded his free agency. The loss of Izturis further exposes the Jays' need for infield help, as Ryan Goins has little offensive upside, Jose Reyes is on the disabled list and Brett Lawrie has struggled at the plate in the early-going.


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24 Comments on "Maicer Izturis Likely Out 4-6 Months"


edwing
1 year 4 months ago

Wow terrible luck for this guy and the club

1 year 4 months ago

Yeah this is really unfortunate, I hope the best for the guy.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 4 months ago

Queue Boras remarks about how the Jays need to sign Drew now!

macdice
macdice
1 year 4 months ago

Or Mariners fans about trading Nick Franklin to the Jays

docmilo5
1 year 4 months ago

Nah, we like Nick.

nelson_c
1 year 4 months ago

Pop Pop

GrumpyPuppy
1 year 4 months ago

Fiz Fiz,

Iz is out!

ColoredPaper
1 year 4 months ago

Love that guy. Pop! Pop!

pastlives
1 year 4 months ago

ya that stinks for him but the Jays should be okay if they stay healthy…he looked better than a .638 OPS but at the end of the day, that’s a .638 OPS. Reyes is back on Friday.

pastlives
1 year 4 months ago

I should also note that I’m aware that “if the rest of them stay healthy” only lasts til Reyes goes down again, then you’re back with a serious issue.

Guest
1 year 4 months ago

I remember in 2007 when he was hitting #3 or #4 for the Angels most of the year…… ya the offense was that bad once upon a time

jimmybell
1 year 4 months ago

Izturis AB’s per lineup slot, 2007:
1st – 0
2nd – 3
3rd – 4
4th – 0
5th – 18
6th – 12
7th – 37
8th – 7
9th – 10

Angels rank in runs scored- 4th in the AL.

Seamaholic
1 year 4 months ago

I realize accidents happen, but tearing a knee ligament slipping on dugout steps? I mean, does that seem really odd to anyone else? I swear, some of these “amazing athletes” are made out of paper towel.

WindsorJaysFan
1 year 4 months ago

I dislocated my elbow this past summer closing a van door. Not closing a van door on it, just the act of closing the door.

Freak injuries happen.

theUpdate23
1 year 4 months ago

Last year this would have improved the Jays. funny how things change in baseball…

mmiller54
1 year 4 months ago

Gregorius anybody?

Curtis Smith
1 year 4 months ago

sure send him to my mets…

gr8testsoxfan
1 year 4 months ago

Beckham for Stroman, Rasmus

Scott Berlin
1 year 4 months ago

Season ending injury.

fatdaddy
1 year 4 months ago

Kawasaki!

FamousGrouse
1 year 4 months ago

Terrible news. I wish him a speedy and safe recovery.

jays4life77
1 year 4 months ago

I have an out there suggestion, with the Indians having lindor in the minors and cabrerra at short in his walk year, what about trying to land him to play 2nd? this way he shouldnt cost an arma nd a leg as he hasnt been hitting great for a bit now, but maybe a change of scenery does the trick. He is great with the glove, has a bit of speed and can fill in if reyes goes down again. He also has experience as a 2nd baseman something we could use. Dont get me wrong i like goins but i just dont see him being the 2nd base answer at all, dude is all glove no bat at all through the minors and now in the mlb.

This trade could make sense as he would audition for the 2nd base role is still young (28 i think) and has some hitting potential as well. If he works out sign him to an extension if not then if the cost was small no big loss.

Ideas and thoughts?

BubblegumBorders
1 year 4 months ago

Not a bad idea, but what would the Clevelands expect in return this early in the season? Have a feeling they’d be clamoring for more young pitching which the Jays should continue to protect after last year’s giant trades really depleted the AAA/AA pipeline.

If an IF like Cabrera were available for something reasonable I imagine that a team like the Yankees or Mets would push that price up rather quickly, as they have similar question marks up the middle.

Plus at this time it seems as if the Jays may not be able to afford Cabrera and would have to trade dollar for dollar, unless they go back to their players for a loan.

If the price is a RP and a middling prospect of two, I say go for it, but I doubt that would get it done.

Conquerbeard
1 year 4 months ago

Who was it that injured himself falling UP stairs a few years back? Clint Barmes?