Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Player News - Blue Jays

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Mark Buehrle allowed one run over five innings Sunday in his start against the Orioles.

The Blue Jays aren't worried about hiding Buehrle: his last three spring starts have all come against divisional foes. He's penciled in as the team's fourth starter, allowing him to pitch the home opener.
Mar 29 - 4:24 PM

Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer of the spring Sunday off the Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez.

It's the first time he's hit four spring homers in his career. Donaldson is batting .318 in 44 at-bats.
Mar 29 - 4:23 PM

Blue Jays claimed 1B Andy Wilkins off waivers from the White Sox; optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Wilkins is coming off a big season at Triple-A, having batted .293 with 30 homers and an .896 OPS across 127 games. He could eventually be in the mix for at-bats with the Blue Jays between first base and designated hitter.
Mar 29 - 2:12 PM

X-rays on Steve Tolleson's right hand came back negative.

Tolleson was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. The 31-year-old has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster as a utility player with Maicer Izturis (groin) slated to open the year on the disabled list.
Mar 29 - 12:40 PM

Roberto Osuna was removed from his appearance Saturday against the Braves after retiring just one of the five batters he faced.

The 20-year-old Osuna essentially clinched a bullpen spot earlier this week, but a disastrous final few appearances could still get him sent to the minors. It's just clearly not the plan right now. Before today, he had pitched 9 2/3 scoreless innings with an 8/2 K/BB ratio this spring.
Mar 28 - 5:14 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) said he hopes to start light running exercises in the next few days.

Saunders has been hitting in minor league games in recent days, but he's yet to run the bases. The outfielder is recovering from February knee surgery and, while he won't be ready for the season, Saunders could return by mid-April if all goes well.
Mar 28 - 5:11 PM

Making his spring debut, Randy Wolf gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings versus the Pirates on Saturday.

Wolf just signed with the Blue Jays 12 days ago, so he wasn't any sort of candidate to make the team out of spring training. He'll open the season in Triple-A and try to work his way back to the majors.
Mar 28 - 4:32 PM

Daric Barton went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the spring Saturday against the Pirates.

Barton might have had a chance to beat out Justin Smoak for a job with a big spring, but since he's hitting a modest .250/.341/.389 in 36 at-bats, he's most likely Triple-A bound.
Mar 28 - 4:31 PM

Steve Tolleson will have precautionary X-rays taken of his right hand after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

"I'm not too worried about it," Tolleson told reporters Saturday. Indications are that it's not broken, but the Jays just want to be sure. More will be known about his injury status after the results of the test come back.
Mar 28 - 4:11 PM

Dalton Pompey went 2-for-2 and hit his first homer Friday as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 4-1 in a rain shortened game.

The game was called in the bottom of the fifth. Pompey has done everything he's needed to in order to secure a starting job by batting .347 this spring and playing fine defense throughout the outfield. It'd be quite a surprise if he's not starting in center on Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 4:12 PM

Drew Hutchison pitched five strong innings, allowing just one run, Friday versus the Tigers.

Hutchison struck out six and walked one. He's been strong all spring, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He rates as at least a fringe mixed-league starter this year, even though he's not in a great situation for pitchers in Toronto.
Mar 27 - 4:09 PM

Blue Jays sent LHP Scott Barnes outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Barnes held a 3.60 ERA over seven appearances this spring after being claimed off waivers from the Rangers. He'll now be exposed to waivers again.
Mar 27 - 4:03 PM

Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring.
Mar 26 - 5:33 PM

Aaron Sanchez held the Phillies to one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Sanchez's rotation spot appears secure. He's not a great bet in AL-only leagues, but he'd certainly make sense as a late-round pick if he lasts. He has a 3.93 ERA this spring, with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
Mar 26 - 5:30 PM

Brett Cecil made his spring debut with a perfect inning Thursday against the Phillies.

Cecil was already named Toronto's closer despite missing all month with a sore shoulder. The Jays never seemed all that concerned about the shoulder, but it does make him an even riskier fantasy pick than he'd already be as an unestablished closer on a team that has always been quick to make changes.
Mar 26 - 5:29 PM

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