Player News - Blue Jays

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Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Angels on Wednesday.

He drilled a solo home run against starter Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning, then plated Josh Donaldson with a single in the fifth frame. The versatile veteran is turning in a productive fantasy campaign thus far with a .265 batting average, 11 home runs, 31 RBI and 23 runs scored in 200 plate appearances in his first season with the Blue Jays.
May 23 - 11:45 PM

Tyler Clippard coughed up four runs in the ninth inning to blow a save and take a loss against the Angels on Wednesday.

He walked the bases loaded and then gave up back-to-back two-RBI singles to Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons. Clippard was great all season until taking over as interim closer for the suspended Roberto Osuna last week. He's now blown two of the four save chances he's been granted. He has a 3.24 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 25 innings. The Blue Jays might turn to Ryan Tepera or Seung Hwan Oh for the next save opportunity.
May 23 - 11:40 PM

Aaron Sanchez turned in five shutout innings in a no-decision outing against the Angels on Wednesday.

He struggled with his control, walking five batters, but surrendered just two base hits and struck out two batters. It took him 97 pitches to get through five frames. He left the game with a 3-0 lead but that was blown by closer Tyler Clippard in the ninth inning. Sanchez is 2-4 with a 4.07 ERA through 10 starts. He draws starts against the Red Sox and Tigers next week.
May 23 - 11:35 PM

Yangervis Solarte will hit fourth and be the designated hitter against the Angels on Wednesday.

Solarte will DH, Devon Travis will play second base and Kendrys Morales is out of the lineup against Los Angeles and left-handed starter Tyler Skaggs. In 45 games, the former San Diego infielder has registered an .807 OPS with 10 homers and 29 RBI.
May 23 - 4:05 PM

Kendrys Morales is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

Morales singled and hit a two-run home run Tuesday, giving him consecutive multi-hit games for the first time all season. However, he's taking a seat versus lefty Tyler Skaggs. The Jays have an interleague series in Philadelphia this weekend, so Morales could be sitting a lot in the coming days. Yangervis Solarte is in the designated hitter spot and Devon Travis is at second base.
May 23 - 3:43 PM

J.A. Happ yielded just two runs over seven innings Tuesday in the Blue Jays' 5-3 win over the Angels.

The Halos scratched across two runs in the fourth inning on a couple hits and a walk, but they had just one hit and two walks over the other six frames versus Happ. The only disappointment for the veteran left-hander was only five strikeouts after he entered the night having whiffed well over a batter per inning this season. Happ takes on his former team, the Phillies, on Sunday.
May 22 - 9:55 PM

Tyler Clippard recorded his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

Clippard had no issues protecting a two-run lead in the ninth, getting a strikeout, flyout and popout to preserve the victory. The veteran reliever has recorded both of the Blue Jays' saves since Robert Osuna went on Administrative Leave. He's having an excellent bounce-back season with a 1.82 ERA and 28/12 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 frames.
May 22 - 9:53 PM

Kendrys Morales singled and launched a two-run home run Tuesday against the Angels.

Morales' blast off of Garrett Richards punctuated a five-run first inning for the Blue Jays. It was the designated hitter's first longball since May 1 and he now has consecutive multi-hit games for the first time all season. There's been some speculation that Morales could be benched or cut loose, perhaps to make room for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., so he'll need to keep it up.
May 22 - 9:50 PM

Randal Grichuk (knee) went 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts in his first rehab game Tuesday with High-A Dunedin.

Gricuk has been out since late April with a sprained PCL in his right knee and figures to play several more minor league rehab games. The 26-year-old outfielder was batting just .106/.208/.227 over his first 25 games this season with Toronto and might not have a starting job when he returns.
May 22 - 7:59 PM

Aledmys Diaz (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week.

Diaz began running over the weekend and has also started to incorporate agility drills into his workouts in recent days. The shortstop has been on the disabled list since May 8 because of a severe left ankle sprain. He should be ready to return to the Blue Jays' active roster in early June.
May 22 - 4:33 PM

Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a side session later this week.

Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list May 18, retroactive to May 16, with inflammation in his left shoulder. He has a long history of shoulder (and elbow) troubles, so this figures to be an extended absence. The 31-year-old southpaw holds a 6.28 ERA in 38 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season.
May 22 - 4:32 PM

Marcus Stroman (shoulder) began a throwing program on Monday.

Stroman is at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida and will likely be brought along slowly in his recovery from right shoulder fatigue, which has been a lingering issue for the 27-year-old starter. He had a 7.71 ERA through his first seven outings this season with Toronto.
May 22 - 4:29 PM

Yangervis Solarte is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Tuesday against the Angels.

Solarte gets the night off in favor of Devon Travis, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday despite struggling with the bat himself. Solarte got off to a red-hot start, but he's fallen off over the past two weeks, and his line on the year is now down to .260/.327/.480 with 10 homers and 29 RBI over 45 games.
May 22 - 3:56 PM

Blue Jays recalled 2B Devon Travis from Triple-A Buffalo.

Travis was sent to the International League on April 29 after getting off to an atrocious start -- he hit .148/.212/.246 before the demotion. He wasn't much better for Buffalo, posting a .509 OPS over 14 games. There's very little fantasy value in his profile at this point.
May 22 - 2:11 PM

Randal Grichuk (knee) has been assigned to High-A Dunedin to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Grichuk landed on the disabled list at the end of April with a sprained PCL in his right knee, but he's made steady progress in recent days and is ready to test himself in game action. With the emergence of Teoscar Hernandez, it's unclear where Grichuk will fit once he's deemed ready to go. The 26-year-old was struggling with a .106/.208/.227 batting line over 25 games prior to the injury.
May 22 - 9:45 AM


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