Francisco Liriano is the seventh Toronto Blue Jays player over the past four weeks to land on the disabled list, a place now home to 60 per cent of the club’s starting rotation, three of the lineup’s most important players, and roughly $85 million in payroll.

For perspective on that figure, consider that five teams in the big-leagues are currently projected to spend less on their entire roster, with a sixth, the Philadelphia Phillies, sitting at about $87.4 million.

"It’s been crazy, man," Jason Grilli says with an incredulous laugh. "But you know what? You know how you battle chaos? I do chaos with chaos. Sometimes you have to get even crazier. That’s why sometimes you have to say, ‘F— it.’"

The veteran reliever is by no means advocating for indifference to the current situation, but rather the adoption of an "everything to gain, nothing to lose" mindset as a way to cope with all the hits the roster keeps taking. Instead of being focused on all the reasons they can’t succeed amid this troubling rash of injuries, they’re better off saying "screw it" (we cleaned it up a bit) and ignoring the odds against them.

The Blue Jays have certainly done that over the past couple of weeks, going 8-4 – including Thursday night’s 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners – since falling a season-worst 11 games under .500 April 28. Despite all the injuries, they’ve played some of their best baseball of the season, with steady, beyond-expectation contributions from the likes of Kevin Pillar, Justin Smoak, Ryan Goins, Ezequiel Carrera, Joe Smith, Ryan Tepera and Dominic Leone, to name but a few.

If the Blue Jays do eventually manage to turn around their season once Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin, Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ and Liriano return healthy, they’ll deserve much of the credit.