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Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Recovering well from shoulder issue
Tiedemann (shoulder) is expected to join the Double-A New Hampshire rotation by mid-April, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Tiedemann battled some shoulder soreness in the early part of Blue Jays camp this spring, but he's made steady progress and is now closing on a return to live action. The 20-year-old left-hander was selected in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft and worked to a stellar 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 117:29 K:BB over 78.2 innings last season between Low-A, High-A and Double-A ball.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Yimi Garcia: Collects win after blown save
Garcia (1-0) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in the eighth inning of Thursday's 10-9 victory over the Cardinals, getting charged with a blown save but picking up the win.
Few pitchers on either side fared well in the wild Opening Day contest, but it's noteworthy that Erik Swanson entered the game in fifth inning with the score tied 5-5 while Garcia got the nod in the eighth after the Jays had taken a brief 8-7 lead. If he remains the team's primary setup man in front of closer Jordan Romano, Garcia could top last year's career-high 22 holds, but he'll need to pitch better than he did Thursday to keep the spot.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Matt Chapman: Three hits in Thursday's win
Chapman went 3-for-5 with an RBI in a 10-9 win over the Cardinals on Opening Day.
Batting seventh in a deep and dangerous Blue Jays lineup, Chapman was one of four Toronto players to rack up multiple hits as part of a 19-hit attack. The veteran third baseman was also caught stealing, but that can be viewed as a positive sign for his fantasy value -- Chapman is an athletic player who had a sprint speed in the 78th percentile last year according to Statcast, but he's never attempted more than five steals in a season or successfully stolen more than three. If MLB's rule changes have encouraged him to use his legs more, he could make a surprising contribution in that category in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero: Drives in three against Cards
Guerrero went 2-for-4 with three RBI in a wild 10-9 Opening Day win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
The first baseman did all of his damage late -- Guerrero drove home two with a single to right field in the eighth inning on a 102.9 mph fastball from Jordan Hicks, setting the stage for a dramatic ninth-inning at-bat against St. Louis closer Ryan Helsley that resulted in a game-winning sacrifice fly. Guerrero came three RBI short of 100 in 2022 after bringing home 111 the year before, but the 24-year-old could easily top those numbers this season given his talent and the stacked lineup around him.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Bo Bichette: Four hits in wild Opening Day win
Bichette went 4-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Thursday's 10-9 win over the Cardinals.
The Blue Jays played small ball and lots of it with 16 singles on the afternoon, and Bichette and George Springer accounted for eight of them from the top of the order. Bichette has never hit below .290 in his four big-league seasons, but the 25-year-old could be ready to take a big step forward with his overall production in 2023 after posting a career-low .802 OPS last year.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Mitch White: Lands on 15-day injured list
White was placed on the 15-day injured list by the Blue Jays on Thursday with right elbow inflammation, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
White has dealt with both shoulder and elbow issues this spring and it's unclear when he might be available as an option for the Jays. He's out of minor-league options, so White will rejoin the big club when healthy, whether that's as a reliever or as part of the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Hyun Jin Ryu: Placed on 15-day IL
Ryu was placed on the 15-day injured list by the Blue Jays on Thursday with a left elbow UCL tear, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
While he's only going on the 15-day IL for now, Ryu should eventually move to the 60-day IL when the Jays need the 40-man roster spot. The left-hander is hoping to make it back from Tommy John surgery by July.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Jordan Romano: Nails down Opening Day win
Romano picked up the save in Thursday's 10-9 win over the Cardinals. He struck out two over one perfect inning.
Romano brought some stability to a wild game, retiring the side in order on 12 pitches and punching out two in the process. He was the last of eight pitchers to appear for the Blue Jays. The right-hander now has 60 saves in 67 chances since the start of the 2021 season.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' George Springer: Sets table with five hits
Springer went 5-for-6 with one RBI and four runs scored in Thursday's 10-9 victory over St. Louis.
All five hits were singles, but Springer came around to score four times, and the Blue Jays would need all of those runs in an Opening Day slugfest. Health is the big concern with Springer -- he hasn't reached 135 games in a season since 2018 -- but he's an all-world talent when on the field.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Alek Manoah: Allows career-worst nine hits
Manoah did not factor into the decision Thursday, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over 3.1 innings against the Cardinals. He struck out three.
Toronto's offense gave Manoah a nice cushion to work with, but the right-hander simply didn't have it. He coughed up the lead in the fourth on a two-run Brendan Donovan homer before getting the hook. The nine hits allowed are a career high for Manoah, per Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, but while Manoah's velocity was reported to be down in spring training, he was comfortably sitting 94-95 mph with his fastball Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho: Hitting cleanup on Opening Day
Varsho is starting in left field and batting cleanup for the Blue Jays on Thursday in St. Louis.
There had been some thought that Varsho could bat sixth, so this is good news for the former Diamondback. Brandon Belt is in the six hole, with catcher Alejandro Kirk sandwiched in between at fifth.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Vinny Capra: Misses out on Opening Day roster
The Blue Jays reassigned Capra to minor-league camp Tuesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Capra is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo after missing out on his bid for a bench role on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster. With Toronto also optioning Otto Lopez to Buffalo on Tuesday, outfielder Nathan Lukes appears to have clinched the final reserve spot on the big club's season-opening squad.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Jay Jackson: Optioned to minors
Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday and was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.
According to Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca, Jackson agreed to a split contract with Toronto that will pay him $1.4 million at the big-league level, but since he has a minor-league option remaining, the Blue Jays have the luxury of stashing him at Triple-A for the time being. Jackson has spent parts of four seasons in the majors and has accrued a 4.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 80:31 K:BB in 57.2 innings between stops with San Diego, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Chad Green: Vacates 40-man roster
The Blue Jays placed Green (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
The move frees up a 40-man roster spot while Green continues his rehab from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in June 2022. While Green's two-year deal was clearly structured with 2024 in mind, the right-hander could return later this season and be a valuable contributor in Toronto's bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Otto Lopez: Optioned to Triple-A
The Blue Jays optioned Lopez to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Nathan Lukes beat Lopez out for the final position player spot on Toronto's roster. The versatile 24-year-old should get another shot with the big club soon enough.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Makes Opening Day roster
Lukes was informed Tuesday that he's made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Lukes will be getting his first taste of the majors after he was added to the 40-man roster over the winter following a strong season at Triple-A Buffalo. The 28-year-old turned in a productive spring and will be a backup at all three outfield spots.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Jay Jackson: Rejoins Toronto on split contract
Jackson agreed to a split major-league contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 35-year-old was released by Toronto over the weekend but is now back with the club on a split deal. Jackson allowed seven hits with a 13:2 K:BB across 9.1 scoreless frames during spring training, and he'll likely be near the top of the list of potential call-ups for the Blue Jays.... See More ... See Less
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|H. Ryu SP Hyun-Jin Ryu SP||Elbow|
|M. White SP Mitch White SP||Elbow|
|C. Green RP Chad Green RP||Elbow|
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