Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays

Player News - Blue Jays

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Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring.
Mar 26 - 5:33 PM

Aaron Sanchez held the Phillies to one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Sanchez's rotation spot appears secure. He's not a great bet in AL-only leagues, but he'd certainly make sense as a late-round pick if he lasts. He has a 3.93 ERA this spring, with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
Mar 26 - 5:30 PM

Brett Cecil made his spring debut with a perfect inning Thursday against the Phillies.

Cecil was already named Toronto's closer despite missing all month with a sore shoulder. The Jays never seemed all that concerned about the shoulder, but it does make him an even riskier fantasy pick than he'd already be as an unestablished closer on a team that has always been quick to make changes.
Mar 26 - 5:29 PM

Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with two walks in his return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday.

Encarnacion hadn't played since March 8 because of back soreness. He started hitting in minor league games Tuesday.
Mar 26 - 5:24 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has acknowledged Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Opening Day.

It's impressive that Saunders even made it close after undergoing surgery in late February on his left knee. He should be ready to rock by the middle of April and carries fantasy sleeper potential as the primary left fielder on what should be a potent Blue Jays squad. The 28-year-old hit .273 with eight homers and a .791 OPS in 78 games last season for the Mariners.
Mar 26 - 9:41 AM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

Delabar pitched pretty well this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he wasn't able make the cut for the Jays' Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old right-hander registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings last season for Toronto after being named an American League All-Star in 2013. He was pretty upset about Thursday's demotion.
Mar 26 - 9:29 AM

Blue Jays reassigned OF Ezequiel Carrera to minor league camp.

Carrera only had an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and managed just two hits in 38 plate appearances this spring. He'll be organizational outfield depth.
Mar 26 - 8:50 AM

Daniel Norris fanned seven while holding the Orioles to one run over six innings in a victory Wednesday.

Perhaps there's a chance the Jays could send Norris down to Triple-A since they don't need a fifth starter until March 12, but he almost surely will be that fifth starter once the schedule ramps up. He's becoming one of our favorite AL-only targets.
Mar 25 - 5:54 PM

Kevin Pillar homered Wednesday in his return to Toronto's lineup.

It was a two-run shot off Ryan Webb. Pillar hadn't played in 11 days because of a strained oblique suffered sneezing. He's still in the mix for a spot on the Jays' roster as a part-time option in center and left.
Mar 25 - 5:52 PM

Dayan Viciedo went 0-for-4 against the Orioles on Wednesday, dropping his average to .219.

Viciedo has no homers and no walks in 33 at-bats. It's starting to look like he won't have a spot on the Jays, not with the team having to pay him $2.8 million if he's in the major leagues.
Mar 25 - 5:48 PM

Kevin Pillar (oblique) is back in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League lineup Wednesday.

Pillar recently suffered an oblique strain from sneezing, which left him sidelined for a few days, but he's ready to go. The 26-year-old still has enough time to get ready for the season.
Mar 25 - 9:58 AM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Bo Schultz to Triple-A Buffalo.

Schultz had a really good showing in Blue Jays camp, allowing just one hit over eight scoreless innings, but it wasn't enough to win a bullpen spot. However, the 29-year-old could be the first call-up from the minors if there's an opening in the early part of the season.
Mar 25 - 9:44 AM

Blue Jays optioned RHP Chad Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo.

Jenkins was in the mix for a bullpen spot this spring, but he gave up eight runs on 12 hits (including two home runs) and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. He figures to get another shot before long.
Mar 25 - 9:37 AM

Bo Schultz retired all three Twins he faced on Tuesday and has allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings this spring.

The Jays picked up the 29-year-old Schultz on waivers from the Diamondbacks in October after he flopped as a Triple-A starter. He's always made more sense as a reliever, and he might just win a spot in Toronto's bullpen with his mid-90s fastball and decent slider. It's not likely that he'll find himself in the closer mix, but stranger things have happened.
Mar 24 - 5:32 PM

Devon Travis singled in both of his at-bats off the bench Monday against the Twins.

Ryan Goins started at second base, but he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the game. Travis upped his average to .400, and he has six doubles in 40 at-bats. He's taken over as the leading candidate to start at second base for the Jays. We wouldn't recommend him in shallow mixed leagues just yet, but he definitely has some AL-only value.
Mar 24 - 5:28 PM

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