Player News - Blue Jays

Date: Team: Pos:

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) fielded grounders with his teammates on Sunday.

Tulo had been limited to individual drills with third base coach Luis Rivera. Most of the grounders Sunday were hit right at him, as he's not able to test his range much yet as he works his way back from a chronic bone spur in his right heel. Tulowitzki said recently that he wasn't sure whether he'd be ready for Opening Day.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 25 - 11:34 AM

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith writes that Devon Travis "may be the best bet" to hit leadoff for the Blue Jays this season of the three that have been used in the spot so far in Grapefruit League play.

Curtis Granderson and Ezequiel Carrera are the other two players that have occupied the leadoff spot so far. When asked Friday about who might hit first for the club this season, manager John Gibbons said that Travis "would be a good (candidate). Other than that I couldn’t tell you." Travis batted just .259/.291/.438 in 2017 before having season-ending knee surgery in June, but he's generally been a good performer when healthy. His fantasy stock would be boosted if he stays on the field this spring and wins the leadoff spot.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 25 - 11:30 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says free agent slugger Jose Bautista is "keenly interested" in playing for the Rays.

Bautista is a longtime Tampa resident and is one of many still looking for a job a few days into spring training. Given his .203/.308/.366 batting line last season, the 37-year-old should also be in the price range for the cost-cutting Rays. It will be interesting to see if the two sides are a match.
Feb 24 - 11:25 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a double in Saturday's Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers.

He doubled off starter Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning, then singled in his second at-bat. The 34-year-old designated hitter slashed .250/.308/.445 with 28 homers and 85 RBI a year ago.
Feb 24 - 4:26 PM

Chris Rowley was roughed up for four runs -- three earned -- in 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

The big blow was a two-run triple by Nicholas Castellanos, who actually circled the bases and scored due to a throwing error by shortstop Richard Urena. The 27-year-old Rowley reached the major leagues for the first time last year, recording a 6.75 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. He is likely destined to start the season at Triple-A Buffalo.
Feb 24 - 4:22 PM

Joe Biagini shut out the Phillies for two innings in the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory Friday.

The Jaime Garcia signing means that Biagini is bullpen bound if everyone stays healthy, but the Jays will stretch him out for now, just in case. If he's in the pen, he'll serve as a setup man in front of Roberto Osuna.
Feb 23 - 3:58 PM

Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homer off the Phillies' Nick Pivetta on Friday.

Jays manager John Gibbons suggested before the game that he doesn't see Granderson as a leadoff hitter, even though Granderson seems to be the most obvious choice to occupy that spot against right-handers. Perhaps he'll reconsider as the spring goes along. There just aren't any prototypical leadoff men on the roster. Devon Travis could prove to be a nice fit up there, but at least against righties, he's not a better bet than Granderson from an OBP or slugging standpoint.
Feb 23 - 3:55 PM

Jose Tabata has signed with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.

Tabata last appeared in a major league game in June 2015. He famously signed a six-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Pirates in August 2011 after a promising first couple of seasons in Pittsburgh, but that deal didn't quite work out -- even at such team-friendly rates. The 29-year-old Venezuelan outfielder probably won't ever make it back to the show.
Feb 22 - 1:04 PM

Devon Travis (knee) is a full participant at Blue Jays camp this spring.

Travis missed the final 100 games of the 2017 season after requiring surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, but he has impressed all onlookers so far in Dunedin, Florida. "You watch him move around, and if you didn’t know he’d had an injury, you wouldn’t think anything of it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told Sportsnet.ca. "Really, he looks that good." Travis, mostly a forgotten man in more casual fantasy leagues, might take on some sneaky value in 2018. The second baseman batted .301/.342/.469 with 19 homers, 85 RBI, seven steals, and 92 runs scored over his first 163 major league games between 2015-2016.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 22 - 11:21 AM

Josh Donaldson said he has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jays about a contract extension, but that he wants to focus on the season and expects to become a free agent.

Donaldson didn't rule out the possibility that extension talks could "ramp back up" at some point, but he appears resigned to testing his luck on the open market following the 2018 season. It should be an interesting free agent case, as he's going to be 33 years old in December. Donaldson batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI over 113 games last season.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) couldn't say for sure Monday that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tulowitzki missed the final two months last season with ligament damage in his right ankle and it was revealed last week that he's been dealing with a chronic bone spur in his right heel. He said he felt good on the field Monday, but that he plans to take it "day by day." There's still a long way to go before Opening Day, but fortunately the Blue Jays have Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte as insurance for their middle infield.

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) took grounders on the field and hit with no issues on Monday.

Tulowitzki is making progress, but he reported to camp with a bone spur in his heel and the Blue Jays plan to take it easy with him early on in spring. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't expect him to play for the first couple of games of the Grapefruit League schedule.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

Marco Estrada looked at video and threw more changeups than usual during the offseason.

Estrada noticed that his arm slowed down when he was throwing his changeup, which made the pitch easier for hitters to pick up. In addition to correcting the flaw, he threw his changeup more often over the winter in order to regain the feel for a pitch which has been his best weapon. Estrada saw his ERA jump from 3.48 to 4.98 last season, but he's doing what he can to get back on track.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 19 - 10:09 AM

Teoscar Hernandez could begin the season in the minors.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hasn't ruled out the possibility of Hernandez making the club, but he'll very likely be the odd man out following the recent additions of Randal Grichuk and Curtis Granderson. Kevin Pillar is locked into center field while Ezequiel Carrera and Steve Pearce are also in the mix. "I just want to see him go out and play well. We saw him really good in September," said Gibbons. "He’s got it all right there, now he’s just waiting for his opportunity, whenever that might be." Hernandez had all the makings of a fantasy sleeper just a couple of weeks ago and would be worth watching if there's an injury.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 19 - 9:25 AM

Blue Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker said Sunday that he still envisions right-hander Joe Biagini as a quality major league starter.

The 27-year-old hurler was jerked back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen in 2017, which may have played a role in his struggles. He wound up compiling a 5.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 119 2/3 innings. His xFIP was a much tidier 4.11 though, and there's still strikeout upside in his right arm. If he opens the season in the Jays' rotation, there's upside to be had here for fantasy purposes.
Feb 19 - 12:12 AM


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