Player News - Blue Jays

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Justin Smoak (knee) fouled out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rockies.

Smoak has been held out of action since last Wednesday with left knee soreness. That he was able to pinch-hit indicates that he's close to returning to the lineup.
Jun 28 - 9:06 AM

Drew Storen gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Monday against the Rockies.

Storen gave up two singles and hit two batters before being pulled. Jesse Chavez took over and merely added fuel to the fire in what turned out to be a six-run inning for the Rockies. Storen had been doing solid work the last two months after a horrid April, but tonight's showing pushed his ERA back up to 6.28. His struggles are the biggest reason the Jays will be on the hunt for another setup man next month.
Jun 28 - 12:25 AM

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 20th and 21st homers of the year Monday against the Rockies.

11 of those homers have come in June. He's driven in 29 runs and scored 25 in 23 games this month. They don't come much hotter than Encarnacion is right now.
Jun 28 - 12:22 AM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays wanted to have another right-handed arm in their bullpen, so Tepera will take the place of Chad Girodo who was sent to Triple-A on Sunday. The 28-year-old owns an 8.10 ERA, 2.40 WHIP and 2/3 K/BB ratio over 3 1/3 innings with the Jays this season.
Jun 26 - 5:08 PM

Blue Jays optioned LHP Chad Girodo to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 25-year-old left-hander registered a 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings with the big league club. He should get another chance with the Jays at some point this summer.
Jun 26 - 5:06 PM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Schultz has put up a 4.24 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Buffalo this season. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Jun 26 - 12:03 PM

Blue Jays placed RHP Gavin Floyd on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tightness.

Floyd had to depart Saturday's game due to the ailment. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Bo Schultz has assumed his spot in the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Jun 26 - 12:01 PM

R.A. Dickey got lit up for five runs (four earned) and six hits Saturday against the White Sox but squeaked by with his fifth win of the season.

It's always a roll of the dice with Dickey and he didn't have his best stuff Saturday against the White Sox. Fortunately his teammates bailed him out with 10 runs including eight off overmatched starter Miguel Gonzalez. On the bright side, Dickey fanned seven hitters and only surrendered one walk. The former Cy Young winner will make his next turn in the rotation Thursday against Cleveland.
Jun 25 - 6:13 PM

Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI.

In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter.
Jun 25 - 6:07 PM

Gavin Floyd left Saturday's game against the White Sox with right shoulder tightness.

That's his throwing shoulder, in case you were wondering. Floyd faced just two batters before exiting in the sixth inning. The 33-year-old has had a so-so year out of the Blue Jays' pen, pitching to a 4.06 ERA over 31 innings of work. Given his long history of injuries, it wouldn't be a shock to see Floyd land on the disabled list.
Jun 25 - 5:02 PM

Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third.

Ezequiel Carrera (Achilles) went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout in his return to the lineup Friday versus the White Sox.

Carrera sat out Wednesday's game because of a sore Achilles, but he was back in the leadoff spot Friday night. He should continue to see plenty of playing time with Jose Bautista (toe) sidelined.
Jun 25 - 8:25 AM

Aaron Sanchez held the White Sox to two runs in six innings to earn a quality start in a no-decision on Friday.

He allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out four. Sanchez now has a 3.33 ERA with 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 97 1/3 innings. Still very young (he turns 24 next week), the right-hander has a career 2.87 ERA in 222 2/3 innings for a team that plays in a ballpark that is unfriendly to pitchers. Compared to last year, Sanchez has made big improvements to both his walk and strikeout rates. A large part of his success comes from keeping the ball on the ground to avoid home runs.
Jun 25 - 1:05 AM

Franklin Morales (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

Morales threw two scoreless innings with High-A Dunedin and will now test himself against advanced competition. The southpaw has been on the disabled list since the first week of the season due to shoulder fatigue.
Jun 24 - 7:16 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

Cecil, who is making his way back from a torn lat muscle, allowed one run in two innings with four strikeouts over two appearances with High-A Dunedin. The southpaw will likely make another couple of appearances before rejoining the Blue Jays.
Jun 24 - 7:12 PM


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