Player News - Blue Jays

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Marco Estrada tossed five innings of one-run ball Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

The only run scored on an RBI single from David Ortiz in the first inning. Estrada gave up just four hits in all while walking two and striking out four. He left in position for the victory, but Toronto’s bullpen coughed up the lead. Estrada allowed just two runs combined over his final three starts and will wrap up the regular season with a 3.48 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 165/65 K/BB ratio over 176 innings. It was unrealistic to expect a repeat of his 3.13 ERA from last season, but he’s been an important part of Toronto’s rotation once again.
Sep 30 - 11:47 PM

Jose Bautista had a big night at the plate Friday against the Red Sox, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, two walks, and two runs scored.

Bautista snapped an 0-for-13 hitless streak with his two-run blast off Rick Porcello in the fifth inning. The blast gave the Blue Jays the lead at the time, but the Red Sox would eventually fight back for the victory. This has been a disappointing season for Bautista on the whole, but he at least managed five homers and 17 RBI in September.
Sep 30 - 11:45 PM

Blue Jays acquired INF Timmy Lopes from the Mariners.

This completes the Pat Venditte deal from earlier in the season. The 22-year-old hit .284/.358/.355 with one homer, 49 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 131 games at Double-A Jackson this season.
Sep 30 - 10:36 PM

Marcus Stroman allowed nine hits and four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

In the biggest start of the season, the right-hander was bled slowly, allowing runs in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth innings before exiting. Of course, he would have had to be near perfect to match O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who blanked the Jays over 6 2/3 innings. Stroman ends the regular season at 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 32 starts.
Sep 29 - 10:17 PM

Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for dimethylbutylamine.

Montero has spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Blue Jays' organization, batting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. The former top prospect will turn 27 in November and his future in the majors is now looking as cloudy as ever.
Sep 29 - 5:02 PM

Devon Travis (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday night.

Travis missed a handful of games after injuring his left shoulder in Monday's benches-clearing fracas with the Yankees. He is starting at second base and batting ninth Thursday versus Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Sep 29 - 3:47 PM

Francisco Liriano turned in a gem on Wednesday, striking out 10 batters while firing 6 1/3 shutout frames, but he had to settle for a no-decision against the Orioles.

He left the game with a 2-0 lead but watched as his closer coughed up the lead and the game in the ninth inning. Perhaps most impressively for him, he issued only one free pass on the night. This is the guy who is second in the major leagues in walks allowed this year. After putting up a 5.46 ERA with the Pirates he has registered a 2.92 ERA since being dumped on the Blue Jays. Overall he is 8-13 with a 4.69 ERA in 29 starts and two relief appearances. He has 168 strikeouts and 85 walks in 163 innings.
Sep 28 - 11:04 PM

Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. His team held the lead all night until squandering it in the ninth inning. Tulowitzki has failed to deliver anything close to the numbers he put up routinely in Coors Field in his days with the Rockies. He is batting .255/.318/.448 with 24 longballs, 78 RBI and just 54 runs in 127 games.
Sep 28 - 10:40 PM

Roberto Osuna will be available out of the bullpen in Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

Osuna was given a day off on Monday, as he had thrown 38 pitches over the weekend. He returned to action against the O's on Tuesday and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of work. For the season, he has pitched to a 2.57 ERA with an 81/13 K/BB ratio across 70 innings. Osuna is 35-of-39 in save chances this season.
Sep 28 - 5:23 PM

Devon Travis (shoulder) is out again Wednesday.

Travis injured his left shoulder Monday in the Blue Jays' benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees and remains day-to-day. Ryan Goins is at second base and Ezequiel Carrera is leading off Wednesday night against the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman.
Sep 28 - 3:38 PM

Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 batters while spinning six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Orioles.

It was an intriguing pitching matchup with Sanchez and Kevin Gausman going up against two good offenses, but Sanchez easily bested his counterpart in this one. The righty walked three but permitted only five hits to go along with his 10 punchouts. He's posted quality starts in four of his last five tries and has yielded just one run in each of his last two outings, as Sanchez doesn't appear to be tiring down the stretch. He'll face the Red Sox Sunday to finish out the regular season.
Sep 27 - 10:32 PM

Josh Donaldson clubbed a two-run homer and reached base four times in Tuesday's victory over the Orioles.

The Blue Jays didn't waste any time in getting to Kevin Gausman as Ezequiel Carrera walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and Donaldson followed with his 37th dinger of the campaign. The third baseman also added a single and a couple walks, as he reached base in all of his trips to the plate. Donaldson probably isn't going to win back-to-back American League MVP awards, but he's had another remarkable season.
Sep 27 - 10:22 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Brady Dragmire for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Chris Smith, who joined the Blue Jays' bullpen on Tuesday. Dragmire, 23, had a pedestrian 4.38 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 45 relief appearances this season at Double-A New Hampshire.
Sep 27 - 4:54 PM

Blue Jays recalled INF/OF Andy Burns from Triple-A Buffalo.

Burns will add depth to the Jays' bench with Devon Travis nursing a shoulder injury. The versatile Burns batted just .230/.285/.352 this year at the Triple-A level.
Sep 27 - 4:52 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.

Smith will give the Jays some additional bullpen depth with Joaquin Benoit likely to miss the remainder of the season with a torn calf muscle. Smith, 28, had a cool 1.93 ERA and 81/22 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. This will be his first taste of the majors.
Sep 27 - 4:50 PM


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