Player News - Blue Jays

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Blue Jays 1B prospect Rowdy Tellez homered and drove in three runs Monday in Double-A New Hampshire's loss to Trenton.

Tellez has now plated nine runs over his last 10 games. The 21-year-old has had a breakout season for the Fisher Cats, hitting .299 with 20 HR and 76 RBI over 415 at-bats. He ranks second in the Eastern League in on base percentage (.387), third in slugging (.520), third in OPS (.907) and seventh in runs scored (65). Tellez has done enough to earn a chance with Triple-A Buffalo and could see that opportunity at the start of next season.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 30 - 3:08 PM

Marco Estrada fired six innings of one-run ball in Monday’s 5-1 win over the Orioles.

Estrada gave up just four hits, with the lone run coming on a solo homer from J.J. Hardy in the third inning. He struck out four and walked a pair in the victory. Estrada had allowed 11 runs over his previous two starts, so this was an encouraging step in the right direction. He’ll bring a 3.37 ERA into a start against the Yankees on the road this weekend.
Aug 29 - 9:46 PM

Josh Donaldson slugged a solo homer and drew a walk in Monday’s win over the Orioles.

Not quite a three-homer game like Sunday, but it will do. Donaldson has slugged six homers over his last five games, which gives him 34 for the year. With a .294/.407/.582 batting line, he’s picking up momentum as a potential repeat winner of the AL MVP Award.
Aug 29 - 9:45 PM

Jose Bautista connected for a solo homer against the Orioles on Monday.

Bautista went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts on the night. The veteran slugger has been getting on base since returning from the disabled list last week, but Monday’s sixth-inning bomb his first homer since August 3. Injuries have limited Bautista to a .229/.350/.454 batting line over 85 games in his walk year, but he’s capable of a monster finish if he’s feeling good.
Aug 29 - 9:45 PM

Blue Jays designated C Josh Thole for assignment.

He's being sent out to create a spot on the active roster for the recently acquired Dioner Navarro. The Jays are hopeful that Thole, who has served as the personal catcher for R.A. Dickey, will clear waivers and return to the club when rosters expand next week.
Aug 28 - 4:47 PM

Josh Donaldson put on a fireworks show in Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, socking a trio of home runs and finishing with four RBI.

Donaldson cracked a solo home run off Kyle Gibson in the third inning. He would homer again -- this time a two-run shot -- in the seventh inning before polishing off his impressive power showing with a final solo tater in the eighth. The reigning AL MVP has now cracked 33 home runs and driven in 91. He can pair those counting stats with a strong .294/.407/.578 triple-slash over 476 at-bats.
Aug 28 - 4:33 PM

R.A. Dickey turned in an inconsistent effort in Sunday's no-decision against the Twins, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings.

Things got away from Dickey in the fifth inning, when he surrendered four of the five runs on his line. The two key hits in that frame came courtesy of Trevor Plouffe and Miguel Sano, who both notched RBI singles. The veteran knuckleballer will try to clamp down on the big inning when he brings his 4.43 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into a road showdown with the Rays next time through the rotation.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

Edwin Encarnacion connected on his 36th home run of the season in Saturday's come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Twins.

He tagged Twins starter Ervin Santana for the two-run blast in the sixth inning, pulling the Jays to within two runs at 5-3. He then added an RBI single in the seventh to cut the deficit to one at 7-6. Encarnacion finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He's now hitting .271/.361/.557 with 36 homers and 105 RBI on the season.
Aug 27 - 4:17 PM

Marcus Stroman struggled in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday, allowing five runs on nine hits over his six frames.

The right-hander walked one and struck out five on the afternoon. Most of the damage occurred during a four-run uprising in the fourth inning, where Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier each delivered RBI doubles. Stroman continues to be marred by inconsistency and will carry a disappointing 4.58 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into next Saturday's start against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Aug 27 - 4:16 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop. Josh Thole will get the call behind the dish and bat ninth for the Jays against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday.
Aug 27 - 11:07 AM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) has rejoined the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Saunders missed the previous two contests due to tightness in his hamstring, though he's feeling much improved and is now good to go. The hard-hitting Canadian outfielder is hitting .266/.350/.500 with 21 long balls and 50 RBI in 113 games this season.
Aug 27 - 11:04 AM

Devon Travis (finger) has returned to the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

The second baseman hasn't played since last weekend due to an issue with the third knuckle on his right hand. He's batting eighth against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday.
Aug 27 - 11:02 AM

Kevin Pillar (illness) is expected to return to the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday.

He sat out Friday's game due to flu-like symptoms but is feeling much better on Saturday and should be good to go. The 27-year-old is hitting .259/.289/.381 with seven homers, 45 RBI and 10 swipes on the season.
Aug 27 - 10:45 AM

Blue Jays designated LHP Aaron Loup for assignment.

Loup owns a troublesome 7.45 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings with the Jays this season. He's likely to pass through waivers and continue to function as bullpen depth for the Jays.
Aug 27 - 10:40 AM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Schultz has been shuttled back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues several times this season, but could be up to stay now with rosters set to expand in September. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 7/2 K/BB ratio across 12 big league innings this season.
Aug 27 - 10:38 AM


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