Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

An MRI on Josh Donaldson's right calf revealed only a mild strain.

Donaldson tweaked his calf while running sprints last Friday, but the Blue Jays think they've dodged a bullet here. "It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." Barring a setback, the star third baseman should be fine come Opening Day.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 5:28 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) was walking around on crutches Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks.

Donaldson suffered a strained right calf while running on Friday. He should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback, but the Blue Jays will obviously take a cautious approach with their star third baseman. Donaldson has played at least 155 games each of the last four seasons.
Feb 19 - 11:54 AM

Josh Donaldson's MRI revealed a right calf strain.

He suffered the injury while running on Friday. The Blue Jays say Donaldson will be treated daily and are optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day. Donaldson has been remarkably durable throughout his career, missing just 19 games over his last four seasons. Unless we hear of a setback, Donaldson remains a borderline first-round pick in redraft formats.
Feb 18 - 4:26 PM

Josh Donaldson was sent for a precautionary MRI on Saturday after feeling a small tweak in his right calf while running on Friday.

The team is still awaiting the results of that exam. Donaldson suffered a similar calf strain early during the 2016 season and didn't miss any time because of it. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 18 - 3:51 PM

Josh Donaldson skipped the Blue Jays first full workout on Saturday after feeling something in his right calf.

It doesn't sound as anything more than a precautionary measure, but the club should have an update on his status later in the day. Donaldson has proven to be one of the most durable players in all of baseball, averaging 157 games per year over the past four seasons.
Feb 18 - 10:57 AM

Blue Jays signed RHP Mat Latos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Latos will operate as organizational rotation depth for Toronto in 2017 after posting a 4.89 ERA, 1.486 WHIP, and 42/30 K/BB ratio in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals. The 29-year-old right-hander holds no fantasy relevance at this point in his career.
Feb 16 - 11:07 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with Mat Latos.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reported on Wednesday that the two sides were "far along in discussions." Latos posted a rough 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 42/30 K/BB ratio in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals. It's going to be a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Toronto, if the deal gets finalized.
Feb 16 - 10:57 AM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are "far along in discussions" with Mat Latos.

Nicholson-Smith notes that the two sides have been discussing a potential contract over the past few weeks. In the last two seasons alone, Latos has played for five separate teams. The 2016 campaign saw him split time between the White Sox and Nationals. Between those two squads, he posted a disappointing 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 42/30 K/BB ratio over 70 innings. Should he eventually put pen to paper with the Blue Jays, his role would likely be that of a swingman/long reliever -- Toronto's rotation is essentially locked, with Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman and Francisco Liriano all set to toe the mound as starters.
Source: sportsnet.ca
Feb 15 - 4:57 PM

Blue Jays sent LHP Chad Girodo outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Girodo successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment following the J.P. Howell signing. The southpaw will remain in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Feb 15 - 3:55 PM

Marcus Stroman won his arbitration hearing against the Blue Jays, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Stroman will make a $3.4 million salary in 2017 rather than the $3.1 million salary offered by the Blue Jays. The 25-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player. He compiled a 4.37 ERA and 166/54 K/BB ratio over 204 innings last season. He was better in the second half and fantasy owners will hope for improved results in 2017.
Feb 14 - 12:31 PM

The Blue Jays will stretch out Joe Biagini as a starter during spring training.

Selected as a Rule 5 pick, Biagini thrived out of Toronto's bullpen last season by posting a 3.06 ERA and 62/19 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins considers the 26-year-old an important part of the team's relief corps, but if they decide to go the starting route, he might have to spend some time in Triple-A. That Biagini has options remaining could be a determining factor in how the Blue Jays arrange their roster coming out of spring training, so stay tuned.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 14 - 8:27 AM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Monday that there are "varying opinions" on whether Steve Pearce (forearm) will be ready to play the outfield on Opening Day.

Pearce had surgery last September to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm. Atkins said that Pearce is "at schedule, projected that he can play on opening day" and "been meeting every threshold" in his rehab. However, it appears that he could initially be limited to infield and designated hitter duty at the beginning of the season. "We’re certainly not going to rush him or push him if there’s doubt or speculation if that’s best for him," Atkins said.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 13 - 6:53 PM

Blue Jays signed INF Jonathan Diaz to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old spent the entire 2016 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he slashed an anemic .207/.315/.249 with one homer and 25 RBI. He'll function as organizational infield depth for the Jays.
Feb 11 - 9:30 AM

Blue Jays signed OF Jose Tabata to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Tabata, who is somehow still just 28, batted .284/.393/.374 with two homers over 60 games at Triple-A in the Dodgers organization last season before being released. The former Pirate will be a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.
Feb 10 - 3:11 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Joe Smith to a one-year $3 million contract.

Smith can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses. The Blue Jays will be his fifth major league team. He split last season between the Angels and Cubs, producing a 3.46 ERA in 52 innings. He spent time on the disabled list with a hamstring injury that caused him to be left off the Cubs' playoff roster. For his career he has an excellent 2.93 ERA in 570 2/3 innings -- all in relief. He will pitch in the back-end of the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Feb 9 - 9:37 PM


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