Cortisone Shots Give Blue Jays Pitcher Marco Estrada Hope
Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada received numerous shots in his back on Monday and, metaphorically speaking, a shot in the arm.
The shots in the lower back — to the sacroiliac and facet joints, specifically — were cortisone injections to deal with tightness and soreness which plagued him during his last outing on Friday against Cleveland. The shot in the arm is that Estrada believes the cortisone injections will leave him ready to pitch in his next scheduled start — Thursday at the Rogers Centre against the Detroit Tigers. A cortisone shot helped fix him up in spring training, and he’s hoping the same thing will happen now.
“I don’t want to miss a start,” Estrada said. “I don’t know if (starting Thursday) is the right thing to do or whatever, but it’s what I want to do.”