Player News - Blue Jays

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Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off Thursday.

Ryan Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth versus Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister. Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is also receiving a breather in the matinee game at Fenway Park.
Jul 20 - 11:41 AM

Following Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons revealed that Aaron Sanchez was lifted due to a blister concern.

This would explain why Sanchez managed to pitch just four innings in the loss. He allowed five runs (three earned) in the short outing. The Blue Jays will reevaluate him on Thursday, but the disabled list could be looming again after already costing him about 10 weeks of the season due to a previous blister concern.
Jul 19 - 10:25 PM

Aaron Sanchez surrendered five runs -- three earned -- in four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Red Sox.

Sanchez's control deserted in him in his third start back from the disabled list; he walked five and threw just 41 of his 79 pitches for strikes. It looked like a blister might have been a factor yet again.
Jul 19 - 10:21 PM

Joe Smith (shoulder) will need one more minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo before rejoining the Blue Jays.

Smith was expected to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but he is not quite ready for action yet. The reliever will make one more minor league rehab appearance before joining the Blue Jays in Cleveland for this weekend's series against the Indians. Shoulder inflammation initially landed him on the disabled list on June 15.
Jul 19 - 5:10 PM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Cesar Valdez from Triple-A Buffalo.

Valdez initially came over to the Jays after they claimed him off waivers from the A's at the beginning of May. The veteran right-hander has struggled to a 7.90 ERA in 13 2/3 frames between the two clubs this season and figures to work in low-leverage situations now that he has been called back up to the majors.
Jul 19 - 4:30 PM

Blue Jays placed RHP Mike Bolsinger on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Prior to going down with knee discomfort, Bolsinger had been working to a tough 5.59 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in nine appearances (five starts) covering 38 2/3 innings. There is no current timetable for his return, but one should clarify over the coming days. Cesar Valdez has been called up in his place.
Jul 19 - 4:27 PM

Dalton Pompey (concussion, leg) has been pulled off his minor league rehab assignment.

Pompey batted .143/.172/.250 in eight rehab games between High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo just before the MLB All-Star break. He hasn't played anywhere in the last 10 days, and there is no clear timetable for his return to live action. The 24-year-old outfielder has been on the major league disabled list all season after suffering a serious head injury in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Jul 19 - 9:35 AM

Roberto Osuna took his fourth blown save after giving up a run in the 11th inning Tuesday against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox were able to collect three singles off Osuna, marking the first time all year that he's given up three runs in an appearance. He hadn't allowed a run at all since June 7, and the blown save was his first since April 27.
Jul 19 - 1:24 AM

Josh Donaldson was able to finish Tuesday's 15-inning game after apparently hurting his hand in the 11th.

Donaldson seemed to be in considerable pain after jamming his wrist or thumb while making a tag on Xander Bogaerts at third, but he stayed in and grounded out in his next at-bat. If he doesn't play Wednesday, it'll probably be related to what happened tonight.
Jul 19 - 1:21 AM

Troy Tulowitzki went 4-for-7 with an RBI in Tuesday's 15-inning game against the Red Sox.

That's the good news. The bad is that he probably cost the team the game with his atrocious baserunning. First, he stayed glued to third as the go-ahead run in the eighth while Dustin Pedroia turned a grounder into a double play. Later, in the 13th, he turned the most routine of Green Monster doubles into a single because he was apparently deked by Andrew Benintendi in left. He was then caught stealing on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play. At no time did it seem that any effort was present.
Jul 19 - 1:19 AM

Joe Smith (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Smith worked a scoreless rehab inning Monday night with Triple-A Buffalo, striking out two of the three batters he faced. He also tossed a scoreless frame at Buffalo on Friday. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 15 due to shoulder inflammation.
Jul 18 - 4:50 PM

Francisco Liriano (neck, back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.

The expectation is that Liriano will start Thursday against the Red Sox, but the Blue Jays aren't going to make that official until they see how the veteran lefty feels on Wednesday. Liriano exited his last start Saturday against the Tigers after experiencing tightness around his upper back and neck.
Jul 18 - 4:47 PM

Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said Monday that there's "no chance" Marco Estrada will be removed from the rotation.

Estrada entered June with a 3.12 ERA, but he's put up an ugly 9.50 ERA over his last eight starts to push his overall mark on the season to 5.33. Still, the Jays believe he'll right the ship, with Walker noting that Estrada has a mechanical issue he's been working on. "He’s been a workhorse for us the last two-plus years and this team knows what he can do," Walker said. "We expect him to come through this and finish very strong."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 18 - 11:33 AM

Steve Pearce went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk Monday as the Jays edged the Red Sox 4-3.

Pearce was certain to start tonight against the lefty, and his homer came off Eduardo Rodriguez. He's also playing over Ezequiel Carrera against most righties, even though Carrera has the better OPS against righties and is the superior defensive option. As long as Pearce is playing regularly, he's a fringe mixed-league option.
Jul 17 - 10:48 PM

Marcus Stroman allowed three unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox on Monday.

Stroman's own error led to all three runs in the seventh and cost him the victory, though the Jays still went on to prevail 4-3. The additional rest probably did him some good, given that he was dealing with a blister and got hit hard in his final start before the break. He had a pretty good case for being an All-Star, but it was for the best that he didn't pitch in Miami.
Jul 17 - 10:46 PM


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