Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Blue Jays activated C Miguel Montero from the 10-day disabled list.

He only needed one rehab game to shake off the rust, going 0-for-3 in his lone game at Triple-A Buffalo. Montero should get most of the starts behind the plate until Russell Martin returns from a strained oblique. The Jays designated Michael Ohlman for assignment in the corresponding move.
Aug 16 - 5:06 PM

Blue Jays activated RHP Dominic Leone from the bereavement list.

Leone was gone for a few days following the death of his grandfather. To make room for him, the Jays designated left-hander J.P. Howell for assignment.
Aug 16 - 5:05 PM

Blue Jays designated C Michael Ohlman for assignment.

He collected one hit in four at-bats during his most recent stint with the big club. Because he was DFA'd earlier this year, Ohlman will have the option to test free agency if he clears waivers. For now, the Jays will roll with Miguel Montero and Rafael Lopez behind the plate.
Aug 16 - 4:33 PM

Blue Jays designated LHP J.P. Howell for assignment.

Howell has missed most of the year due to injury and has struggled when healthy, producing an ugly 7.36 ERA over 16 relief outings. It shouldn't take the 34-year-old long to latch on elsewhere. He can still be a valuable left-handed specialist under the right circumstances.
Aug 16 - 4:32 PM

Marco Estrada was lit up for six runs on 10 hits and four walks over just 4 1/3 frames in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

Estrada had been on a roll coming into this one, but the Rays have really given him trouble the last two seasons and they did again Tuesday. Since the beginning of 2016, Estrada now holds an 8.49 ERA across seven starts against Tampa Bay. He’ll try to get back on track Sunday versus the Cubs on the road.
Aug 15 - 10:39 PM

Josh Donaldson stayed red-hot Tuesday, slugging a three-run homer and reaching base three times in a loss to the Rays.

Donaldson's blast off of Blake Snell in the fifth inning pulled the Blue Jays to within two runs, but that's as close as they got. The third baseman has now gone deep in three straight games and has reached base eight times over that stretch. Donaldson has also driven in 19 runs already in August.
Aug 15 - 10:30 PM

Blue Jays released INF/OF Chris Coghlan.

Coghlan was designated for assignment by the Jays on Saturday and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 32-year-old utilityman batted just .200/.299/.267 in 36 games this season for Toronto, but he should draw some interest on the open market because of his versatility.
Aug 15 - 5:19 PM

Joe Biagini is expected to join the Blue Jays' rotation after one more start with Triple-A Buffalo.

Biagini was optioned to the minors on August 4 to get stretched out and he has made two starts so far at Triple-A -- the most recent one lasting 3 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander holds a 5.11 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 73/29 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings this season at the major league level.
Aug 15 - 4:38 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Blue Jays have "little interest" in trading Marco Estrada.

Estrada has been claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team, but the Jays can simply pull him back and keep him for the stretch run. The 34-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.08 ERA over his last four starts, but he's still sporting a rough 4.85 ERA for the season. Estrada is earning a $14.5 million salary in the final year of a two-year, $26 million deal.
Aug 15 - 3:58 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, Marco Estrada was claimed off revocable waivers by an unknown team.

This doesn't mean that he's on the move just yet, but the unknown team now has a chance to work out a trade with Toronto. The Blue Jays have the ability to pull him back, but they wouldn't be able to talk trade again this month. Estrada has had an off year on the whole, but he has been much better in recent outings. The 34-year-old is due to be a free agent this offseason.
Aug 15 - 3:36 PM

Josh Donaldson doubled and homered Monday in the Blue Jays' 2-1 defeat of the Rays.

Donaldson got the Jays out in front early with a two-run homer off Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the first inning. He was retired in his next two at-bats but then stroked a ground-rule double to left field in the bottom of the eighth. Donaldson has eight home runs and 18 RBI over his last 16 games, and his season OPS has climbed all the way to .890.
Aug 14 - 10:22 PM

Roberto Osuna earned his 30th save of the season on Monday night against the Rays.

Osuna entered in the top of the eighth and got the final four outs of the game, needing just 13 total pitches to do so. The young closer holds a 3.24 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 68/7 K/BB ratio in 50 innings this season out of the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Aug 14 - 10:17 PM

Nick Tepesch worked six innings of one-run ball Monday in a win over the Rays.

It was his first major league victory since 2014. Tepesch walked three batters and didn't strike out anybody, but he held the Rays to four hits and may have bought himself another turn in the Jays' rotation. We wouldn't expect any repeat performances, however.
Aug 14 - 10:15 PM

Blue Jays signed LHP Brett Anderson to a minor league contract.

Anderson posted an 8.18 ERA over six starts with the Cubs this season and missed significant time with a back injury. The 29-year-old hasn't been healthy or effective for a couple years now, but he's worth a shot with the Blue Jays hurting for rotation help.
Aug 14 - 5:28 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo.

Mayza, 25, holds a 3.25 ERA and 58/22 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Aug 14 - 4:35 PM


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