Player News - Blue Jays

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Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

Bautista connected for the two-run shot against Rays starter Chris Archer in the third inning. It was his fifth home run of the season, giving him 18 RBI and 16 runs scored. He's hitting .250 with a .928 OPS through 25 games.
Apr 30 - 9:43 PM

J.A. Happ allowed three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in Saturday's no-decision against the Rays.

Happ pitched into the seventh and was an out away from getting through the inning with a one-run lead, but Logan Forsythe's solo home run tied the game and ended Happ's day. The southpaw walked three while striking out seven in the game. He's registered a quality start in each of his five starts this season, posting a 2.76 ERA overall. Happ will next take on the Rangers on Thursday.
Apr 30 - 9:30 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Russell Martin (neck) isn't ready to play in back-to-back games yet.

He's been battling neck stiffness for the past week. "He's not 100% that's for sure," said Gibbons. "He's gutting it out, really is what he's doing. But you can tell he's favouring it." Josh Thole is getting the start Saturday but Martin should be back behind the plate Sunday with Marcus Stroman on the mound.
Apr 30 - 4:19 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays.

Martin has been battling a stiff neck off and on for the past week, so he'll take a seat again on Saturday. Josh Thole will get the start behind the dish on Saturday and will bat ninth against opposing right-hander Chris Archer.
Apr 30 - 2:18 PM

Michael Saunders clobbered a pair of solo home runs on Friday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Saunders tagged left-hander Drew Smyly (for the second time this season) for a solo blast in the third inning to open the scoring in the contest. He then launched another impressive drive off southpaw Dana Eveland in the eighth inning, increasing the Rays advantage to 3-0. Saunders has settled in nicely atop the Blue Jays lineup and is slashing an impressive .324/.377/.606 with four homers and eight RBI on the season.
Apr 29 - 10:01 PM

Aaron Sanchez delivered an outstanding performance in Friday's victory over the Rays, racking up six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings of work.

Sanchez scattered six hits and a pair of walks on the night, never letting the Rays mount a serious threat against him. His transition to the starting rotation has gone incredibly well thus far, as Sanchez has compiled a 2.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings, that despite allowing six runs in his last outing. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday.
Apr 29 - 9:59 PM

Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford (knee) played five innings at extended spring training Wednesday.

Alford jammed his knee on a slide into home plate in the very first game of the season at High-A Dunedin and has been sidelined ever since. The 21-year-old center fielder should be ready to rejoin that club within a week or two. He hit .298/.398/.421 with four home runs and 27 stolen bases in 107 games last season between Low-A and High-A.
Apr 28 - 8:58 AM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the White Sox.

Donaldson now has 16 extra-base hits, which is the best mark in the majors. He's an all-around fantasy monster, hitting .297/.379/.637 with 21 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. The 30-year-old also benefits from perhaps the most potent lineup in baseball.
Apr 27 - 11:49 PM

Marco Estrada saw his impressive start marred in the seventh inning against the White Sox, as he ended up surrendering three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Estrada had tossed six brilliant innings before a pair of triples, one of which was given up by reliever Jesse Chavez, made his stat line end up looking rather pedestrian. The right-hander did catch some eyes when he was rubbing his pitching shoulder in the middle innings, though, so fantasy owners should monitor that for the upcoming week. His ERA rose to 2.92 on the year. He’ll get the Rangers next Tuesday, assuming everything goes smoothly over the weekend.
Apr 27 - 11:31 PM

Per Blue Jays trainer George Poulis, Aaron Loup (elbow) is expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Poulis said that Loup is doing "great" in his rehab. A flexor strain in the southpaw's pitching elbow sidelined him through the entirety of spring training and has likewise kept him off the mound during the first month of the 2016 campaign. While a return in May is possible, the Blue Jays are taking it slow and steady with Loup.
Apr 27 - 5:38 PM

Devon Travis (shoulder) will take at-bats during an extended spring game on Friday.

Travis has been participating in batting practice as he rehabs from a November shoulder surgery. Friday's showing in extended spring training is a further step toward a potential late-May return to the bigs. Last season, the 25-year-old second baseman hit .304/.361/.498 with eight homers, 18 doubles and 35 RBI across 217 at-bats.
Apr 27 - 5:11 PM

Bo Schultz (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Dunedin on Thursday.

Offseason labrum surgery on his hip has kept Schultz on the sideline through spring training and the first month of the season. Of late, he has been pitching in extended spring training. In 43 innings with the Blue Jays last season, the 30-year-old right-hander held a 3.56 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio. While he could contribute to the bullpen once healthy, he doesn't offer any fantasy upside.
Apr 27 - 5:04 PM

Matt Dominguez is playing first base and hitting sixth for Wednesday's showdown with the White Sox.

Dominguez was called up on Tuesday to help serve as a right-handed bat in lieu of the suspended Chris Colabello (performance enhancing drugs). He sees a start on Wednesday against left-hander Jose Quintana, though manager John Gibbons indicated that moving forward, Justin Smoak will likely see the bulk of starts at first. Dominguez held a nice .311/.333/.475 triple-slash with 14 RBI through 17 games at Triple-A Buffalo, but as a career .233 hitter in the majors, offers little fantasy upside.
Apr 27 - 4:34 PM

Russell Martin (neck) is back in the Blue Jays' batting order Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Martin has been in and out of the Toronto lineup because of a stiff neck. It's nothing serious. The veteran catcher is off to a rough start this season, slashing just .154/.237/.173 in 17 games played. He'll try to get it going against Chicago lefty Jose Quintana.
Apr 27 - 3:37 PM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

Tepera had a good showing last year in Toronto and posted very good numbers this spring in the Grapefruit League. The right-hander will pitch in middle relief.
Apr 27 - 12:11 PM


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