Sami & EJ Leaving

This has had me puzzled for quite some time. If James Scott left Days suddenly (at least according to the stories I've read) a couple of months before Alison Sweeney, does anyone know how the writers are going to write that period of time between? Maybe what I read was not true about JS leaving suddenly; but, if he did, the writers would have had no warning...one day he's there...the next he's gone. I guess the fact that Days is so far ahead in their taping explains why JS is still onscreen; but, shouldn't his absence be part of the story pretty soon? I had heard that he left in April and that Days is about four months ahead. Just wondering out loud.

I placed this topic on the Annex Board in case anyone knows something that might turn out to be a spoiler.