TORONTO - Sergio Santos, whose availability to the Blue Jays has been a rarity since he was acquired from the White Sox in December, 2011, will undergo elbow surgery this week.
The club is calling it a "minor" procedure to clean out "loose bodies" and shave down bone spurs.
Santos is expected to miss another six weeks.
"It's something that a lot of players have; they have loose bodies in their elbow; a lot of players have bone spurs in their elbow," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos. "You only really take them out of shave them down if there's any type of discomfort."
Santos' last pitched for the Blue Jays on April 13 in Kansas City. Days later he was placed on the disabled list with a triceps strain. An MRI taken at the time showed the fragments in his elbow.
He made two appearances in extended spring training, one each on Thursday and Saturday. Santos reported discomfort after the Saturday outing, prompting the decision to have surgery.
Provided the procedure goes according to plan, it's expected Santos will be able to begin throwing within a week.
"It was something we were going to have done in the offseason," said Anthopoulos. "Because he's a one inning reliever, six weeks, up in Toronto, he could be back at that time."
In five appearances this season, Santos is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
He has appeared in only 11 games in a Blue Jays uniform since the beginning of last year.
BRANDON MORROW RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY
Brandon Morrow, who last pitched on May 5 against Seattle, is ready to return from a back strain.
It just won't be on Wednesday, as previously thought.
"It was not my decision to do that," said Morrow. "They're being extra cautious, taking the extra couple of days. It also allows me to get a full bullpen in (Wednesday) at a higher intensity than I threw last time."
There's also the matter of Saturday's opponent: New York at Yankee Stadium. Manager John Gibbons has the best of his healthy pitchers prepared to start in that series.
Mark Buehrle will pitch on Friday, Morrow on Saturday and on Sunday it'll be knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Veteran Ramon Ortiz, who allowed one run in five innings of work last Friday in Boston, will make Wednesday's start against the Giants.
CABRERA TO UNDERGO MRI
Melky Cabrera, who went 4-5 in Tuesday night's 10-6 win over the Giants, will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
Cabrera, 28, has been playing with pain in both hamstrings since the end of spring training, noticeable when he runs the bases. His left hamstring is the worse of the two.
"He's going to play, he wanted to play," said third base coach Luis Rivera, translating for Cabrera. "He knows that his legs are a little tight but he wants to be on the field."
The Blue Jays hope the imaging helps the club chart a better course of treatment for Cabrera, who's played in every game so far this seas