Player News - Blue Jays

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According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies are talking to the Blue Jays about outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Per Rosenthal, the Phillies are looking at Granderson as a left-handed bat off the bench and fourth outfielder. The 37-year-old is batting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 81 games this season. This includes a .781 OPS against right-handers. The veteran outfielder would be a nice fit for multiple contenders.
Jul 23 - 10:32 AM

J.A. Happ lasted just five innings but whiffed nine and allowed only one run Sunday, taking a no-decision in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Orioles.

The O's were able to push up Happ's pitch count to 102 over his five frames, although that can happen when you strike out nine times. It's the third time this season that Happ has struck out at least nine batters without issuing a walk, and he now boasts a 130/35 K/BB ratio over 114 innings. The southpaw is still looking for his first week in nearly a month, though. There's a good chance Happ's next start is with another team, but if he's still with the Jays he'll face the White Sox next weekend on the road.
Jul 22 - 4:33 PM

Tyler Clippard tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record a save Sunday in the Blue Jays' comeback win over the Orioles.

The Jays plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the lead by one, and Clippard made it hold up after pitching around a one-out hit by pitch. Toronto has had two different guys get saves the last two days, as Ryan Tepera notched one Saturday. They could continue to mix and match in the ninth inning until Roberto Osuna returns from suspension early next month.
Jul 22 - 4:20 PM

Yangervis Solarte smashed a go-ahead, two-run home run Sunday in the Blue Jays' win over the Orioles.

The Jays entered the eighth inning down 4-1, but Randal Grichuk pulled them to within one with a two-run bomb and Solarte put them ahead for good with a two-out, two-run shot off of Tanner Scott. Solarte entered this one with a .133/.188/.200 batting line this month, so it had to feel good to come up with the decisive hit.
Jul 22 - 4:16 PM

Marco Estrada (glute) will make a rehab start with Double-A New Hampshire on Monday.

The Blue Jays had initially planned to throw Estrada right back into their rotation, but they've decided to give him a tune-up start first. The club could just go with a "bullpen day" Monday as long as J.A. Happ pitches deep enough into Sunday's game.
Jul 22 - 11:02 AM

Teoscar Hernandez is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a routine day of rest. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field.
Jul 22 - 10:55 AM

Blue Jays optioned INF Richard Urena to Triple-A Buffalo.

Urena was only up for a couple days and didn't play. Loudres Gurriel is back from the concussion DL to replace him.
Jul 22 - 10:53 AM

Blue Jays activated INF Lourdes Gurriel from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Gurriel's concussion symptoms are behind him and he's back in the Jays' lineup Sunday, batting ninth and playing second base. He was heating up at the dish prior to going on the DL just before the All-Star break.
Jul 22 - 10:52 AM

Luke Maile went 2-for-3 and drove in a run during Saturday's 4-1 triumph over the Orioles.

He plated Randal Grichuk with a single in the Blue Jays' three-run fourth inning rally. Maile is serving as Russell Martin's backup behind the plate in Toronto this year. He's not been bad, although he doesn't have much fantasy value outside of two-catcher AL-only leagues. He has a .239 batting average with three home runs and 21 RBI in 47 games.
Jul 21 - 5:32 PM

Ryan Tepera struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to snare a save against the Orioles on Saturday.

He whiffed Chris Davis and Trey Mancini to lock down his seventh save in 12 chances. His overall numbers are quite good and he seems likely to keep the closer's role until Roberto Osuna returns to action in about three weeks. Tepera has a 2.81 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.
Jul 21 - 5:27 PM

Marcus Stroman let in just one run over seven innings and was credited with a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

He stumbled a little bit in the first inning and allowed one run on three hits in the frame, but then rattled off another six innings of scoreless baseball to snare his third win of the season. He struck out seven, walked two and yielded just five total hits to register one of his best starts of the season. If only he could face the impotent Orioles' lineup every game. He improves to 3-7 with a 5.42 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 13 starts. He has 59 strikeouts and 28 walks in 73 innings. He draws another good matchup against the White Sox on Friday.
Jul 21 - 5:20 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Lourdes Gurriel is showing improvement and could return to action on Sunday.

Gurriel still has his final concussion test to pass, but the expectation is that he'll be activated for Sunday's series finale against the Orioles.
Jul 21 - 12:53 PM

Russell Martin is absent from the Blue Jays' starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Orioles.

It's a standard day off for the veteran backstop being a day game after a night game. Luke Maile will work behind the dish and bat eighth against Alex Cobb and the Orioles. Martin, 35, has had a miserable season offensively, slashing just .184/.329/.302 with seven homers and 18 RBI in 258 plate appearances.
Jul 21 - 11:15 AM

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer on Friday in a victory over the Orioles in extra innings.

Martin's homer came off of Dylan Bundy, and it gives him seven on the season. He also scored the winning run on a walk-off single by Aledmys Diaz in the 10th inning. The multi-hit game still has Martin slashing .184/.329/.302 in 2018, and he's driven in just 18 runs over 61 games.
Jul 20 - 10:23 PM

Sam Gaviglio gave up four runs over 7 2/3 innings on Friday while striking out eight in a no decision against the Orioles on Friday.

Gaviglio pitched better than his line indicates, as two of the runs scored after the right-hander was clearly gassed on a two-run homer by Chris Davis. The other two runs came on a homer by Tim Beckham. He walked just one, and he kept the woeful Baltimore lineup off-balance all evening. Gaviglio has shown moments of competency when given a chance to start, but he’s a tough trust as a fantasy option. He’ll look to build on this start when he faces the Twins on Wednesday.
Jul 20 - 10:19 PM


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