Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Russell Martin started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

You read that right -- the Blue Jays' regular starting catcher played shortstop today. His seventh-inning single broke up a no-hit bid by Phillies' starter Aaron Nola. The knock also drove in Justin Smoak with the Jays' only run of the day. Martin has been horrendous at the plate this year, slashing a sickly .161/.288/.322 with five homers and 14 RBI.
May 26 - 8:10 PM

Jaime Garcia surrendered just one run in seven innings but had to settle for a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday.

He was locked in a tight pitchers' duel with Aaron Nola and the game wasn't decided until they were both in the clubhouse. Garcia allowed five hits, did not issue a free pass and struck out five in the premium outing. A solo dinger by Maikel Franco provided the only run he was charged with on the day. It was a surprisingly good effort from the struggling veteran, who was activated from the disabled list prior to the game after recovering from shoulder inflammation. He is 2-3 with a 5.52 ERA in nine starts. He has a strong strikeout rate but has uncharacteristically battled the base-on-balls this season. He has 43 strikeouts and 21 walks in 45 2/3 innings.
May 26 - 8:00 PM

Blue Jays activated LHP Jaime Garcia from the 10-day disabled list.

He'll rejoin the Jays' rotation on Saturday against the Phillies. Garcia was expected to be sidelined well into June, but has made a quick recovery from inflammation in his left shoulder. The 31-year-old hurler owns a troublesome 6.28 ERA across 38 2/3 innings in his eight starts with the Jays this season.
May 26 - 1:37 PM

Blue Jays optioned OF Dalton Pompey to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 25-year-old has struggled in his limited action with the Jays this season, slashing .200/.273/.200 with six strikeouts in 10 at-bats. He'll get another chance with the Jays' the next time they need an extra outfielder.
May 26 - 1:32 PM

Russell Martin will make his first career start at shortstop in Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Martin has appeared in one game at the position in his career, logging one inning defensively earlier this year. He has been a disaster at the plate this season, slashing .157/.287/.322 with five homers and 13 RBI in 136 plate appearances.
May 26 - 12:17 PM

Justin Smoak swatted his seventh home run of the season as the Blue Jays bested the Phillies 6-5 on Friday night in Philadelphia.

Smoak also singled, finishing the night 2-for-4. His two-run blast off of Zach Eflin in the fifth inning increased the Blue Jays' lead to 5-1 at the time. With the two-hit effort, Smoak is now batting .255/.375/.448 with seven homers and 28 RBI.
May 25 - 11:12 PM

Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Blue Jays topped the Phillies on Friday night.

Solarte also drove in a run with a double in the first inning. He has become a fixture in the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup and is now hitting .270/.332/.503 with 11 homers and 32 RBI on the season. He's still owned in just 78% of all Yahoo leagues, which is crazy given his multi-position eligibility.
May 25 - 11:09 PM

Ryan Tepera struggled against the Phillies in the ninth inning on Friday, but managed to escape with his first save of the season.

Tepera took over with a 6-4 lead in the ninth inning, but quickly allowed an RBI double to Pedro Florimon and had the potential tying run at third base with only one out. He was able to bear down though and strike out Rhys Hoskins then get Odubel Herrera to ground out to end the night. Tepera is one of many Jays' hurlers who is being looked at in the ninth inning while Roberto Osuna is on administrative leave.
May 25 - 11:05 PM

Sam Gaviglio logged a quality start in Friday's victory over the Phillies, surrendering three runs on three hits in six innings of work.

The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the night and only surrendered two free passes. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with opposing pitcher Zach Eflin belting a solo homer in the third and Carlos Santana clubbing a two-run shot in the sixth. Gaviglio has been outstanding this far for the Jays, posting a 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming play, even in a difficult matchup against the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will long-toss Saturday before throwing a bullpen session next week.

Stroman resumed a throwing program on Monday and is progressing along. The right-hander has been out since early May with fatigue in his pitching shoulder. He'll surely need a rehab start or two before returning.
May 25 - 5:15 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (heels) has been cleared to run.

Tulowitzki had been running on an anti-gravity treadmill but is now ready to run on regular ground. It's obviously good news, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that it's "probably a ways away still" before the shortstop will be ready to return. He's been out all season following surgery on both heels to remove bone spurs.
May 25 - 4:43 PM

Blue Jays C prospect Danny Jansen went 3-for-5 with three doubles on Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo.

Jansen also scored a run and drove in three. A 16th-round pick in 2013, Jansen has slowly but surely developed into one of the better offensive prospects at the catching position. He consistently puts the ball in play, but he's not an overly aggressive hitter, as seen in both his .312 average and .424 on-base percentage. He's just okay behind the plate, but he's at least good enough there to not have to change positions in the short-to-medium turn. The Blue Jays could give Jansen a chance to catch before the end of the 2018 campaign.
May 25 - 2:46 PM

Blue Jays SS prospect Bo Bichette went 2-for-4 with a homer on Thursday for Double-A New Hampshire.

Bichette's homer gives the shortstop prospect two on the season. The hits haven't fallen for the 20-year-old, but he's still showing a quality approach at the plate as seen in his 20 walks in 42 games, and he's also improved his defense, meaning he has a great chance to stick at short. Bichette should see more hits drop as the season progresses, and remains one of the best middle-infield prospects in baseball.
May 25 - 1:53 PM

Blue Jays recalled OF Dalton Pompey from Triple-A Buffalo.

Pompey went 2-for-10 at the plate during his brief time with the big club earlier this month. He'll back up at all three outfield spots.
May 25 - 1:40 PM

Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave for Roberto Osuna for another week through June 4.

It's the third time his leave has been extended as MLB continues to investigate Osuna's arrest for assault. He's due to appear in court on June 18 and a lengthy suspension is likely coming sometime after that.
May 25 - 1:09 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    NASCAR Fantasy: Coke 600

    NASCAR Fantasy: Coke 600
  •  
    MLB: Buy, hold or sell?

    MLB: Buy, hold or sell?
  •  
    Waiver Wire: Need saves?

    Waiver Wire: Need saves?
  •  
    Baseball: Buy, hold, sell

    Baseball: Buy, hold, sell
  •  
    Waiver wire: Top SP targets

    Waiver wire: Top SP targets
  •  
    NASCAR Fantasy: Kansas

    NASCAR Fantasy: Kansas
  •  
    MLB: Sell Paxton, Buy Bird

    MLB: Sell Paxton, Buy Bird
  •  
    Top MLB waiver wire adds

    Top MLB waiver wire adds