Blue Jays’ Rafael Dolis has appendix removed, will miss at least one week

Chicago Cubs closer Rafael Dolis, right, celebrates with catcher Geovany Soto after the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, May 4, 2012. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Rafael Dolis had his appendix removed and will miss at least one week of action, manager Charlie Montoyo announced.

Fortunately, the 32-year-old underwent surgery before his appendix ruptured. He will not perform any activity for a week as he heals post-surgery, at which point Toronto will re-evaluate his status.

Dolis, who signed a one-year deal with Toronto in January, has some big-league experience – he made 40 appearances with the Chicago Cubs from 2011-13 – but has spent his last four seasons with Japan’s Hanshin Tigers.

By his second season with the Tigers, Dolis emerged as the club’s closer with 37 saves, 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2.71 ERA. His 2019 numbers were less stellar, but he was still effective with 19 saves, 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2.51 ERA.

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