Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

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Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
Apr 27 - 5:06 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
Apr 27 - 12:42 PM

Mark Buehrle was lit up for five runs on 13 hits and a walk over 5 2/3 frames in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Just two of the 13 hits he surrendered went for extra bases, but clearly the Rays didn't have any trouble with Buehrle in this one. The veteran left-hander had posted three straight quality starts before this shellacking. He'll try to bounce back in Cleveland next weekend.
Apr 26 - 4:07 PM

Blue Jays sent RHP Todd Redmond outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. Redmond has allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief this season for Toronto.
Apr 26 - 1:27 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
Apr 26 - 10:58 AM

Jose Reyes is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Reyes hasn't done much at the plate this week while battling a small fracture in his left rib cage, but this just appears to be a day of rest. Ryan Goins is filling in at shortstop, while Devon Travis is in the leadoff spot.
Apr 26 - 10:36 AM

Russell Martin hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning on Saturday, but it was not enough to secure the win against the Rays.

Martin's solo home run off of Steve Geltz in the seventh inning temporarily gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen was unable to hold it and the Jays eventually lost 4-2. The home run was Martin's third of the season. He also has 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. Over his last 24 at-bats, Martin's hitting .291 and, despite some early struggles, it appears that he's starting to settle in with his new team.
Apr 25 - 9:15 PM

Daniel Norris was incredibly effective on Saturday, limiting the Rays to just one run on five hits in the loss.

Norris struck out seven and walked three in the outing. After surrendering an RBI double to Evan Longoria in the bottom of the first inning, he didn't allow another run. The Blue Jays, and Norris owners, should be thrilled to see him last seven frames, especially given recent health concerns. On Wednesday, he underwent an MRI on his left arm, as the pitcher had been complaining about "dead arm." The MRI didn't turn up anything and after a few days of treatment, Norris certainly looked sharp on Saturday. He now holds a 4.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 20 1/3 innings. The southpaw will take on the Indians in his next start.
Apr 25 - 9:10 PM

Blue Jays released LHP Ricky Romero.

He has battled chronic knee injuries and extreme control problems in recent seasons and hasn't been a viable starter at the major league level since 2011. Still, he's only 30-years-old and might make sense for some organizations as a reclamation project.
Apr 25 - 3:21 PM

Michael Saunders is starting in right field and hitting seventh in the Blue Jays lineup against the Rays on Saturday.

It's Saunders' first game as a member of the Blue Jays. He draws a dream matchup against Erasmo Ramirez in this outing and should be targeted in all daily leagues where he's available.
Apr 25 - 3:06 PM

Jose Reyes went 0-for-3 in Friday's blowout loss to the Rays.

Reyes, who is dealing with a small fracture in his left rib, went hit-less against the Rays and has not recorded a hit in his last seven at-bats. Stretching beyond the last few games, he has just one hit since April 21, spanning 15 at-bats. While he has avoided a stay on the disabled list for the time being, it's not a surprise that the speedy shortstop has struggled of late. Reyes is hitting just .250/.268/.308 and has limited fantasy value until he starts getting on base more.
Apr 25 - 12:52 AM

Devon Travis hit a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rays.

That's home runs in back-to-back games for the infielder. He had been dealing with a rib injury suffered after he was hit by a pitch on April 19, but appears to be swinging fine. Though the Blue Jays went on to lose 12-3, they must be thrilled to have Travis back in the lineup. In the early going, he's hitting .375/.435/.732 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
Apr 25 - 12:45 AM

R.A. Dickey was absolutely lit up by the Rays on Friday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just 4 2/3 innings.

Dickey entered the fourth inning holding a 2-0 lead. That didn't last long, as James Loney and Rene Rivera both hit two-run bombs off the veteran knuckle-baller. It worsened in the fifth, as Dickey allowed five more Rays to touch the plate. There was no big hit in that frame, just a slow, cruel trickle of sacrifice flies, run-scoring ground-outs and run-scoring fielding errors. When the dust settled, he had allowed seven earned runs on nine hits. While the ghastly outing pumped his ERA to 5.25, it should be noted that he entered the game with a 3.26 mark. He's posted an ERA north of 4.00 just one time in the last five seasons. It's not going to get any easier in his next outing, though, as he'll face a potent Red Sox team on the road.
Apr 25 - 12:38 AM

Blue Jays activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

Saunders had minor knee surgery during spring training, but has made a quick recovery and is ready to get his season back on track. With his blend of power and speed and playing in the friendly confines of the Rogers Centre, he could be very relevant in mixed leagues.
Apr 24 - 10:32 PM

Blue Jays designated INF Steve Tolleson for assignment.

The 31-year-old hit just .200/.250/.400 with five strikeouts in his 16 plate appearances with the Jays. With his versatility, there's a chance that Tolleson could attract interest on waivers, otherwise he'll continue to provide organizational infield depth for the Jays.
Apr 24 - 10:30 PM


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