Player News - Blue Jays

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Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins reiterated Monday that Josh Donaldson (calf) is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Donaldson strained his right calf during the Blue Jays' first team workout of the spring, but he's been taking swings in the cage for the last few days and is apparently close to resuming full baseball activities. "We anticipate no problems at all in his recovery," Atkins told reporters Monday morning in Dunedin, Florida.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 27 - 11:24 AM

Joe Biagini allowed a couple of unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings Sunday in a start against the Phillies.

Even though Toronto's rotation is set, Biagini is getting a look as a starter this spring. It opens up the possibility that he could begin the season as a Triple-A starter, rather than as a major league setup man. There's still a long way to go before that decision is made, though.
Feb 26 - 5:14 PM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI against the Phillies on Sunday.

Morales figures to get a ton of RBI chances hitting cleanup behind Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista this year. We think the Jays erred in committing $33 million to him in a market saturated with first base and DH options, but he could prove fairly valuable for fantasy purposes.
Feb 26 - 5:12 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer Sunday to give the Jays their only runs against the Yankees.

The Jays released Salty's only real competition (longtime prospect A.J. Jimenez) for a backup gig, so barring a late acquisition, his roster spot seems assured. Still, the team won't want him playing a whole lot behind Russell Martin.
Feb 26 - 3:48 PM

Jake Elmore rapped three singles in three at-bats versus the Braves on Saturday.

The veteran journeyman will try to snag a roster slot as a utility infielder. He spent last season with the Brewers, batting .218 with no home runs in 59 games.
Feb 25 - 5:55 PM

Casey Lawrence tossed two scoreless innings in his start against the Braves on Saturday.

He allowed one hit and one walk while fanning one batter. The 29-year-old has yet to reach the major leagues. He posted a 4.17 ERA in 28 starts split between Double-A and Triple-A last year. He made a good impression today but is unlikely to make the Blue Jays' rotation, although he could see some major-league time later in the year.
Feb 25 - 5:51 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) played long-toss and hit in a batting cage Friday.

Donaldson still has a little hitch in his giddy-up, but his right calf strain is coming along slowly but surely. The Blue Jays anticipate their star third baseman being be back to normal in a couple weeks.
Feb 24 - 2:40 PM

An MRI on Josh Donaldson's right calf revealed only a mild strain.

Donaldson tweaked his calf while running sprints last Friday, but the Blue Jays think they've dodged a bullet here. "It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." Barring a setback, the star third baseman should be fine come Opening Day.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 5:28 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) was walking around on crutches Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks.

Donaldson suffered a strained right calf while running on Friday. He should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback, but the Blue Jays will obviously take a cautious approach with their star third baseman. Donaldson has played at least 155 games each of the last four seasons.
Feb 19 - 11:54 AM

Josh Donaldson's MRI revealed a right calf strain.

He suffered the injury while running on Friday. The Blue Jays say Donaldson will be treated daily and are optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day. Donaldson has been remarkably durable throughout his career, missing just 19 games over his last four seasons. Unless we hear of a setback, Donaldson remains a borderline first-round pick in redraft formats.
Feb 18 - 4:26 PM

Josh Donaldson was sent for a precautionary MRI on Saturday after feeling a small tweak in his right calf while running on Friday.

The team is still awaiting the results of that exam. Donaldson suffered a similar calf strain early during the 2016 season and didn't miss any time because of it. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 18 - 3:51 PM

Josh Donaldson skipped the Blue Jays first full workout on Saturday after feeling something in his right calf.

It doesn't sound as anything more than a precautionary measure, but the club should have an update on his status later in the day. Donaldson has proven to be one of the most durable players in all of baseball, averaging 157 games per year over the past four seasons.
Feb 18 - 10:57 AM

Blue Jays signed RHP Mat Latos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Latos will operate as organizational rotation depth for Toronto in 2017 after posting a 4.89 ERA, 1.486 WHIP, and 42/30 K/BB ratio in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals. The 29-year-old right-hander holds no fantasy relevance at this point in his career.
Feb 16 - 11:07 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with Mat Latos.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reported on Wednesday that the two sides were "far along in discussions." Latos posted a rough 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 42/30 K/BB ratio in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals. It's going to be a non-guaranteed minor league contract with Toronto, if the deal gets finalized.
Feb 16 - 10:57 AM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are "far along in discussions" with Mat Latos.

Nicholson-Smith notes that the two sides have been discussing a potential contract over the past few weeks. In the last two seasons alone, Latos has played for five separate teams. The 2016 campaign saw him split time between the White Sox and Nationals. Between those two squads, he posted a disappointing 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 42/30 K/BB ratio over 70 innings. Should he eventually put pen to paper with the Blue Jays, his role would likely be that of a swingman/long reliever -- Toronto's rotation is essentially locked, with Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ, Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman and Francisco Liriano all set to toe the mound as starters.
Source: sportsnet.ca
Feb 15 - 4:57 PM


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