Player News - Blue Jays

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Kevin Pillar finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Pillar pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .372 (16-for-43) during the impressive stretch, raising his average from .231 to .319 since April 11. Devon Travis struggled in the leadoff role, but Pillar has stepped up since taking over and been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary opening month for the Jays.
Apr 23 - 2:55 AM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was hitless in four at-bats with two more strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Salty is hitless in each of his past 13 at-bats, striking out 12 times in 18 at-bats overall since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo back in early April. The veteran struggled with a .171 average with 104 strikeouts over 246 at-bats with the Tigers last season and he appears to have picked up right where he left off.
Apr 23 - 2:35 AM

Jose Bautista was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Joey Bats smacked his first homer of the season in Friday's series opener, but it was back to scuffling on Saturday. He has struck out at least once in eight straight outings, whiffing 25 times over 65 at-bats. Bautista's struggles are a major reason while the Blue Jays are in the basement in the American League East while failing to record consecutive wins at any point this season.
Apr 23 - 2:32 AM

Justin Smoak finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning in Saturday's loss against the Angels.

The switch hitter has hit safely in three straight while delivering six RBI over the past five outings. He has been starting regularly and is worth using as a corner infielder in most AL-only fantasy formats.
Apr 23 - 2:29 AM

Casey Lawrence allowed five runs - four earned - and eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a loss Saturday against the Angels.

Lawrence is getting a chance to fill in for the injured JA Happ (elbow), but he isn't making the most of the opportunity. It wouldn't be surprising to see the plug pulled with T.J. House and Mat Latos potential veteran options. Lawrence does not warrant fantasy consideration in any format at this time.
Apr 23 - 2:25 AM

Aaron Sanchez (finger) resumed throwing on Saturday.

It was his first time throwing since undergoing a minor finger procedure on Monday. He threw from about 90 feet. The Blue Jays were hoping to have Sanchez back Thursday against the Cardinals but that seems like a long shot. Sanchez only threw fastballs during Saturday's session and might need a few days to expand his arsenal. The Blue Jays are extremely shorthanded right now with Sanchez, J.A. Happ (elbow), Josh Donaldson (calf) and Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) all on the shelf.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 22 - 11:58 PM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Danny Barnes to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays badly needed a fresh arm following Friday's 13-inning win over the Angels. Barnes hurled two scoreless innings in that game. Leonel Campos was called up from Buffalo in the corresponding move.
Apr 22 - 9:28 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Leonel Campos from Triple-A Buffalo.

Toronto needed a fresh arm after Friday's 13-inning marathon. Danny Barnes was sent to Buffalo in the corresponding roster move. Campos carries a 4.05 ERA in five outings for Buffalo this year.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 22 - 9:24 PM

Blue Jays placed SS Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Tulowitzki joins Josh Donaldson (calf), Aaron Sanchez (finger) and J.A. Happ (elbow) among the Blue Jays' walking wounded. He suffered the injury Friday while running to third base on a wild pitch by Cam Bedrosian. Manager John Gibbons said the new 10-day rule was "definitely a factor" in placing Tulowitzki on the DL. Utility man Ryan Goins is starting in his place Saturday against the Angels.
Source: Sportsnet
Apr 22 - 9:06 PM

Jose Bautista's first homer of the year was a three-run shot in the top of the 13th, propelling the Blue Jays over the Angels 8-7 on Friday.

The Halos came back with two runs of their own, but Joe Biagini stopped them from there. Bautista was in an 0-for-19 slump before collecting an infield single in the ninth inning tonight. He had just one RBI all year before the homer, which also gave him his first multihit game of the season. It's something to build on, hopefully.
Apr 22 - 4:08 AM

Mat Latos yielded four runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Angels.

Latos allowed six hits, walked three and struck out one. Probably any other AL offense would have touched him up for more than four runs tonight.
Apr 22 - 4:05 AM

Joe Biagini pitched a scoreless 13th inning for a save Friday against the Angels.

Biagini wasn't supposed to pitch tonight after working on both Wednesday and Thursday, but 13 innings changes things. He was called in tonight after two errors and a walk loaded the bases against Aaron Loup with no outs in the 13th. He went on to give up a single and a HBP, scoring two runs, but he struck out Albert Pujols and retired C.J. Cron on a fly to center to end the game.
Apr 22 - 4:04 AM

J.A. Happ is likely to miss a second start after Thursday's side session didn't go as well as anticipated.

The left-hander made 20 throws on Thursday but experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow. The club will now wait a few days for the inflammation to subside before Happ attempts to throw again. Mat Latos is starting in his place on Friday and is likely to occupy that spot in the rotation until he's able to return.
Apr 21 - 9:37 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Mat Latos from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays have been hit hard with injuries in their starting rotation, so the veteran right-hander will get a chance to pitch in the big leagues again. Despite his solid run with the White Sox to begin the 2016 season, he isn't a recommended fantasy option in any format.
Apr 21 - 7:18 PM

Marco Estrada blanked the Red Sox for six innings and struck out seven on Thursday.

Estrada has a 2.63 ERA after four starts, but he's still looking for his first victory. He's probably used to it at this point; even last season, when Toronto had a better offense, he settled for a 9-9 record to go along with his 3.48 ERA.
Apr 20 - 3:56 PM


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