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Henderson Alvarez avoids DL, Jamie Moyer to make two Triple-A starts

Toronto Blue Jays' Alvarez pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during their MLB baseball interleague game in Milwaukee

Toronto Blue Jays’ Henderson Alvarez pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of their MLB baseball interleague game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Hauck (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


And now your hourly Blue Jays injury update:

The team announced this afternoon that tests revealed only mild inflammation in the elbow of Henderson Alvarez, and that he is scheduled to make his next start this weekend.

It was also revealed that the Jays’ deal with Jamie Moyer calls for him to make two starts at Triple-A Las Vegas before his status is reevaluated. He’ll likely be promoted to the majors or released afterwards.

It’s disturbing that the Jays haven’t chosen to be more careful with Alvarez. He’s just 22, and in the wake of all of their arm injuries, the last thing they need is to see him join Kyle Drabek and maybe Drew Hutchinson in being lost for the season.

As for Moyer in Triple-A, well, what could their possibly be to see? Everyone already knows exactly what he brings to the table, and he just made three Triple-A starts for the Orioles in which he amassed a 1.69 ERA and a 16/0 K/BB ratio in 16 innings. Whether he gave up two runs or 20 runs in his Triple-A starts isn’t going to change a thing about him.