Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Yangervis Solarte (oblique) has begun "rehab exercises."

It's not much of an update, though at least Solarte seems to be trending in the right direction after landing on the DL with a strained oblique a few days ago. The injury is expected to sideline the utility man for at least three weeks.
Aug 16 - 7:51 PM

Lourdes Gurriel (ankle, knee) ran the bases on Thursday.

He also took batting practice on the field prior to Thursday's game at Kansas City. Gurriel sprained both his knee and ankle on an awkward slide last month. There's no timetable for his return, though clearly he's making progress.
Aug 16 - 7:49 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Brandon Cumpton outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Cumpton was designated for assignment on Monday and cleared waivers. The 29-year-old right-hander has logged just 1 2/3 innings at the major league level since 2014. He had Tommy John surgery in 2015.
Aug 16 - 2:57 PM

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam as the Blue Jays edged the Royals 6-5 on Wednesday.

It's the 10th slam for Granderson, who has hit .346/.408/.646 in 130 career at-bats with the bases loaded. The slam gave the Jays the lead in the fourth inning and they held on from there, even though they never scored again.
Aug 15 - 11:53 PM

Ken Giles got another save Wednesday despite giving up a solo homer to Ryan O'Hearn.

Giles retired the other three batters he faced to improve to 3-for-3 in save chances for the Blue Jays. After three appearances in four days, he'd likely be due Thursday off if the Jays were playing. Fortunately, they're not.
Aug 15 - 11:51 PM

Blue Jays optioned LHP Thomas Pannone to Triple-A Buffalo.

Pannone will be replaced by Tim Mayza on the 25-man roster. The left-hander owns a 6.00 ERA over three games with Toronto, but he does have a strong 5/1 K/BB ratio over three innings. He'll likely receive another chance to pitch with the Blue Jays before the end of 2018.
Aug 15 - 4:57 PM

Blue Jays recalled LHP Tim Mayza from Triple-A Buffalo.

Mayza will replace Thomas Pannone, who was optioned to Buffalo in a corresponding move. The 26-year-old left-hander has appeared in 16 games with the Blue Jays in 2018 -- all in relief -- and registered a 4.67 ERA and 1.615 WHIP over 17 1/3 innings with Toronto.
Aug 15 - 4:55 PM

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to lead the Blue Jays past the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday.

The Jays won despite being outhit 12-6 in the contest. Pillar's homer came off Blaine Boyer, who was handed a one-run lead despite having amassed an 11.76 ERA in 20 2/3 innings this season. Pillar also had an RBI single earlier in the contest.
Aug 15 - 12:33 AM

Ryan Borucki struggled through four innings against the Royals on Tuesday, giving up four runs and walked four.

He struck out just one and allowed six hits in addition to the walks, so it could have been even uglier. It's the first time that Borucki has had a rough outing against a team other than the juggernaut Red Sox. Given that he's struck out just five and walked seven in three starts this month, the bloom is off the rose.
Aug 15 - 12:31 AM

Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save against the Royals on Tuesday.

It was a surprise that the Blue Jays started giving Giles save chances so soon after he gave up five runs in losing to the Red Sox, but he's converted two over the last three days, pitching perfect innings both times. He'll likely remain the closer until he gives the Jays some reason to make a change.
Aug 15 - 12:27 AM

Danny Jansen hit his first major league home run Tuesday against the Royals.

The homer came off Heath Fillmyer. Jansen is 3-for-7 in two games since getting the call to help out at catcher while Russell Martin spends some time at third base. He'll likely be a solid fantasy catcher if he gets to play fairly regularly.
Aug 15 - 12:22 AM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Curtis Granderson has cleared revocable trade waivers.

Granderson is now eligible to be traded to any team. The 37-year-old has batted .234/.333/.414 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 94 games this season with Toronto. He's owed less than $2 million, so there could be some interest out there from contending teams seeking a veteran outfield addition.
Aug 14 - 4:24 PM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Bryan Baker from the Rockies as the player to be named later in the Seunghwan Oh trade.

Baker is the third player headed to Toronto, as Chad Spanberger and Forrest Wall were previously announced. The 23-year-old has put up a 3.80 ERA and 58/34 K/BB ratio over 45 relief innings this season in High-A.
Aug 14 - 10:15 AM

Sean Reid-Foley surrendered three earned runs over five innings Monday in a loss to the Royals.

Making his major league debut, Reid-Foley gave up a two-run homer to Ryan O'Hearn in the bottom of the second inning and then walked in a run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth. He allowed six hits in all and issued three walks. The 22-year-old had been pitching well this season in the upper minors, but he couldn't tame the Royals and he'll probably have a tough time this weekend against the Yankees if the Jays decide to give him another turn. There are better streaming options out there.
Aug 13 - 11:06 PM

Lourdes Gurriel (knee, ankle) hopes to be cleared to run the bases this week.

Gurriel has increased his running intensity and range of his infield workouts lately and is almost ready to take the next step. There's no timetable for his return at this point.
Aug 13 - 6:32 PM


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