Player News - Blue Jays

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Marcus Stroman was dominant in helping the United States to down Puerto Rico 8-0 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals, allowing one hit over six-plus scoreless innings.

Working with a brutally heavy sinker, Stroman turned in a dominant performance in the WBC-clincher. He did not allow a hit through his first six innings of work. Angel Pagan finally snapped the no-no with a double to lead off the seventh, after which Stroman took a well-deserved ovation on his way to the dugout. He struck out three and walked one in the big spring victory, finishing the title-clincher having thrown 73 pitches (44 for strikes). As for the coming season, the 25-year-old right-hander will look to improve upon the 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio he registered in 204 innings during the 2016 campaign.
Mar 23 - 12:54 AM

Marco Estrada limited the Tigers to one run over five innings and struck out five in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win Wednesday.

Estrada, who opted to stay with the Jays rather than pitch for Mexico in the WBC, has a 3.46 ERA through 13 innings this spring. He remains interesting as a fifth or sixth starter in mixed leagues.
Mar 22 - 4:25 PM

Working in short relief, Joe Biagini gave up three runs -- two earned -- in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Tigers.

Biagini made a couple of starts this spring, the last coming eight days ago, but he's been utilized in short relief his last two times out, which would seem to be a strong indication that the Jays are leaning towards keeping him up as a reliever rather than sending him to Triple-A to start. They could swing the other way again if Biagini struggles in relief, as he did today. He was really impressive as a Rule 5 pick last year, but he's allowed eight runs -- three earned -- in 9 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 22 - 4:23 PM

Devon Travis (knee) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

Travis, who is coming back from knee surgery, is slated to play five innings at second base. It's the natural next step for him after he has been playing in minor league games this week. Travis progressed a little slower than originally expected, but he's rounding into shape just in time for Opening Day.
Mar 22 - 3:49 PM

Roberto Osuna was held out of a scheduled appearance on Wednesday due to neck stiffness.

It doesn't sound like a major concern at this time. Osuna, 22, saved 36 games last season while posting a 2.68 ERA and 82/14 K/BB ratio over 74 innings. He should be considered a top-10 closer in fantasy leagues.
Mar 22 - 1:50 PM

Jose Bautista is set to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Bautista dealt with some back stiffness coming out of the World Baseball Classic, so the Blue Jays didn't want to push things. He should be back in action following Thursday's off-day.
Mar 22 - 9:57 AM

Jose Bautista was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Bautista was expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, but perhaps he's not over his recent back issue. There should be more clarity on the situation soon.
Mar 22 - 8:57 AM

Jose Bautista has returned to the Blue Jays' lineup for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game.

It will be his first Grapefruit League game since March 5. Bautista had a minor back issue toward the end of his stint in the World Baseball Classic, but the Jays aren't concerned.
Mar 22 - 8:36 AM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons have agreed to a contract extension through 2019.

The deal, which had been reported previously by multiple outlets as being close, also includes a club option for 2020. Gibbons' current contract was set to expire following the 2017 campaign. The Blue Jays are 339-309 (.523) during the regular season in Gibbons' second stint with Toronto and they've made it to the ALCS two years in a row.
Mar 21 - 6:08 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a sac bunt in the Jays' 5-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

Pillar is a bottom-of-the-lineup kind of guy, but he could occupy the leadoff spot on Opening Day if Devon Travis opens up on the DL. He's been there most of the spring, and he's batting .350 in 40 at-bats.
Mar 21 - 4:34 PM

Aaron Sanchez was lifted after walking four and allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Orioles.

Sanchez finished with a 20/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings while winning a spot in Toronto's rotation last spring. Right now, he's at 6/6 in 7 1/3 innings, as the Jays have opted to bring him along slowly in order to manage his innings. He might still be in spring training form in his first couple of starts in the regular season.
Mar 21 - 4:32 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons are in the process of finalizing a multi-year extension.

The expectation is that a deal will be in place by Opening Day. This comes after Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reported last week that the club was "extremely optimistic" about working out an extension. Gibbons is currently in the final guaranteed year of his contract, so the new deal would allow him to avoid lame-duck status. The Blue Jays have made it to the ALCS in each of the last two seasons. Gibbons owns a 339-309 (.523) record during his second stint with Toronto.
Mar 21 - 1:13 PM

Despite 10 strikeouts, Francisco Liriano took a loss after allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday against the Twins.

Liriano has an 18/2 K/BB ratio in his three starts this spring. The runs he allowed today were his first surrendered in his 9 2/3 innings. As far as he is concerned, it's definitely time for the regular season to start.
Mar 20 - 5:46 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) plans to make his first Grapefruit League start at third base on Wednesday.

Donaldson felt strong after making three plate appearances as the Jays' designated hitter Monday in his Grapefruit League debut. He suffered a right calf strain in mid-February, but it looks like the star third baseman is going to be 100 percent for Opening Day. Donaldson has remained a safe first-round pick.
Mar 20 - 3:39 PM

Devon Travis (knee) is aiming to make his Grapefruit League debut later this week.

Travis will play second base in minor league games on Monday and Wednesday before hopefully getting cleared for Grapefruit League action. He's been eased into baseball activities this spring after requiring arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in mid-November. The hope remains that Travis will be somewhere close to full strength by Opening Day.
Mar 20 - 9:36 AM


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