Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/24/12
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Help is about to arrive for the Toronto Blue Jays.

And they sure need it.

Toronto is 5-16 in August after losing 3-2 in 11 innings Thursday as the Detroit Tigers completed a three-game sweep.

The Blue Jays lost despite a superb start from lefty J.A. Happ, who lasted 7 1/3 innings, the first Blue Jays starter to go that deep into a game since Brandon Morrow pitched a two-hit shutout on June 6.

Morrow is part of the help that is one the way. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday in Baltimore, his first major league start since June 11, when he lasted nine pitches before injuring his left oblique.

Before Morrow pitches though, Jose Bautista is expected to be back in the lineup Friday. It would be his first major league action since July 16, when he injured his left wrist on a swing. Bautista homered twice Thursday night in a rehab game for Class AA New Hampshire.

Yunel Escobar is scheduled to be back from paternity leave Friday. Adam Lind, on the disabled list due to a back injury, could follow Monday.

There has been a possible long-term benefit from the long list of injuries. It means that several prospects who might not have been called up until September when rosters are expanded have already had time in the majors.

"Anything prior to September, when you're an active player, you can't hide in terms of being protected or situations being hand-picked because you have a great number of players on the roster," manager John Farrell said. "This is a more accurate read of where a player is in his own development and his own ability to play day in and day out in the major leagues."

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