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"


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edwing
1 year 2 months ago

Wow terrible luck for this guy and the club

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1 year 2 months ago

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

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Rally Weimaraner
1 year 2 months ago

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

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macdice
1 year 2 months ago

Or Mariners fans about trading Nick Franklin to the Jays

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docmilo5
1 year 2 months ago

Nah, we like Nick.

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nelson_c
1 year 2 months ago

Pop Pop

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GrumpyPuppy
1 year 2 months ago

Fiz Fiz,

Iz is out!

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ColoredPaper
1 year 2 months ago

Love that guy. Pop! Pop!

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pastlives
1 year 2 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.

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pastlives
1 year 2 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.

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Guest
1 year 2 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

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jimmybell
1 year 2 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.

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Seamaholic
1 year 2 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.

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WindsorJaysFan
1 year 2 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.