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Kevin Pillar | Outfielder | #11

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Dominguez Hills
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 32 (0) / TOR
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Kevin Pillar (illness) is expected to return to the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday.
He sat out Friday's game due to flu-like symptoms but is feeling much better on Saturday and should be good to go. The 27-year-old is hitting .259/.289/.381 with seven homers, 45 RBI and 10 swipes on the season. Aug 27 - 10:45 AM

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Kevin Pillar was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Consider him day-to-day. Melvin Upton will slide over to center field and Ezequiel Carrera has entered the lineup in left.
Aug 26 - 5:53 PM

Blue Jays activated OF Kevin Pillar from the 15-day disabled list.

He missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained thumb. Pillar will reclaim his starting job in center field with Melvin Upton shifting over to the left side. The 27-year-old is an elite defensive player but doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. He's hit .261 with seven homers and 10 steals over 421 at-bats this year.
Aug 23 - 3:27 PM

Kevin Pillar (thumb) remains on track to come off the disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday.

Pillar will work out with his Blue Jays teammates on Friday in Cleveland before embarking on a short minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 8 with a sprained left thumb. Melvin Upton is drawing the majority of the starts in center field in Pillar's absence.
Aug 17 - 12:15 PM

Kevin Pillar (thumb) played catch again on Monday.

Pillar landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a sprained left thumb, but he remains on track to be activated when he's first eligible on August 22. "We think when that time is up, he'll be all right," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "They think he'll be good."
Aug 15 - 7:45 PM

Kevin Pillar (thumb) played catch on Sunday.

He's nearly a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Pillar thinks he'll be ready for activation when his 15 days are up.
Aug 14 - 10:26 AM

Blue Jays placed OF Kevin Pillar on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

Pillar injured the thumb this weekend in Kansas City. It's not clear how long he might be sidelined. Melvin Upton is starting in center field for the Jays on Monday against the Rays and will likely see an uptick in playing time over the next two-plus weeks. Darrell Ceciliani has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo to provide extra outfield depth.
Aug 8 - 3:34 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on Saturday, leading the Blue Jays in a 9-1 thrashing of the Orioles.

Pillar capped off a seven-run uprising in the fifth inning with a two-run double, then replicated the feat in the seventh to put the Jays ahead 9-1. With his two-hit attack, he's now hitting .268/.300/.396 with seven homers, 45 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Jul 30 - 4:30 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Monday's win over the Padres.

Two of Pillar's hits on the night were two-baggers, and he also added a stolen base. The speedy outfielder hasn't run as much as hoped this season, but he's now on pace for 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases.
Jul 25 - 9:55 PM

Kevin Pillar delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning on Tuesday, accounting for all of the Blue Jays offense in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Pillar smoked a Patrick Corbin offering into the gap in left-center in the fourth, pulling the Blue Jays to within a run at 3-2. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .258/.290/.412 with seven homers, 29 RBI and six swipes on the season.
Jun 21 - 11:00 PM

Kevin Pillar finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI as the Blue Jays beat up on the Phillies 13-2 on Thursday.

Pillar did his damage late, hitting a solo shot off reliever Andrew Bailey in the seventh before lifting a two-run homer against David Hernandez an inning later. Pillar's teammate Edwin Encarnacion is grabbing headlines for the ridiculous hot streak he's riding, but the 27-year-old Pillar is now hitting .317 with five home runs in the month of June. The good start to the month has Pillar batting .262/.293/.422 with seven homers, 27 RBI and 30 runs scored on the season.
Jun 17 - 12:15 AM

Kevin Pillar singled and ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

Pillar's solo blast leading off the fifth inning was the first hit of the game for the Blue Jays and broke a scoreless tie. He also singled and scored in the seventh, tallying the only two runs for the Jays in the eventual extra-innings loss. Unfortunately, games like this have been few and far between for Pillar, who is sporting a .240/.271/.360 batting line.
Jun 7 - 11:35 PM

Kevin Pillar is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

He's just getting a day off. Ezequiel Carrera will replace Pillar in center field.
May 20 - 4:45 PM

Kevin Pillar had a nice afternoon in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two stolen bases.

Pillar also scored a run in the contest. Pillar drove in a run in the sixth inning with a fielder's choice that pulled the Blue Jays even at 2-2. He added a sacrifice fly in the seventh that increased their advantage to 6-3, but that wound up being the extent of their scoring in the contest. With the two-hit effort, Pillar is now hitting .279/.314/.415 with two homers, 15 RBI and four stolen bases on the season.
May 15 - 7:11 PM

Kevin Pillar was scratched from Saturday's game against the Rangers because of chest soreness.

It's only his second absence of the year. Ezequiel Carrera will replace Pillar in center field and bat seventh. Until we hear more, we'll assume Pillar's injury is of the day-to-day variety. He's been a solid contributor this year, hitting .273 while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.
May 14 - 7:39 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd