Dioner Navarro - #30 - Catcher - 5'9" - 205lbs
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Navarro is not in the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Impact: Navarro will receive the afternoon off after drawing the last three starts behind the plate for the Blue Jays. He had a huge game in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Tribe, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Hutchison did not get a decision Friday.
Impact: Hutchison struck out nine in 5 1-3 innings and gave up two runs. He faces the O's next.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera had four hits Friday.
Impact: Cabrera is up to a .888 OPS but his five RBIs is a not-very-useful fantasy total.
News: Buehrle allowed four hits and three walks, while striking out three over seven shutout innings, in a win over the Indians on Saturday.
Impact: Buehrle's improbable start to the 2014 campaign continued Saturday, as he improved to 4-0 with another shutdown performance. He's allowed just two runs through 28 innings thus far, while allowing five or fewer hits in three of his four outings. The pace he's on is clearly unsustainable, but the left-hander looks like a completely different pitcher this season.
Aaron Loup - #62 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 205lbs
News: Loup will serve as the Blue Jays' closer Saturday in Cleveland, according to manager John Gibbons, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Loup isn't replacing Sergio Santos as the Blue Jays' closer. Santos is unavailable because he has thrown 40 pitches the last two games. Still, saves are tough to come by in most leagues, so if you're looking for a save, Loup is worth picking up for the day.
News: Santos is not available to close Saturday at Cleveland, according to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Santos hasn't lost his job but is unavailable because he threw 40 pitches over the last two games. Gibbons stated that Aaron Loup will be the Blue Jays' closer Saturday, if one is needed.
News: Reyes is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff Saturday at Cleveland.
Impact: Reyes was activated from the DL on Friday and immediately reinstated at the top of the Blue Jays' order. He is an elite fantasy shortstop when healthy.
News: Francisco will be the Blue Jays' designated hitter and bat eighth Saturday in Cleveland.
Impact: Francisco, who was called up Friday when Adam Lind (back) was sent to the DL, is worth taking a look at for owners in AL-only leagues in need of power.
News: Kawasaki was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Impact: Kawasaki was sent down to make room for Jose Reyes (hamstring), who was activated from the DL on Friday. He hit .250 in 12 at-bats while Reyes was out. Kawasaki is worth keeping on your watch list in AL-only leagues given Reyes' injury history.
News: Reyes (hamstring) was activated from the DL on Friday.
Impact: Reyes will be the Blue Jays' starting shortstop Saturday and should be activated in all fantasy formats.
News: Rasmus will start in center field Friday night against the Indians, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: Rasmus has not played center field since exiting Sunday's game with a sore hamstring, but he is feeling good enough to start there Friday night, so the injury should be behind him. Rasmus will bat sixth against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
News: Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a run scored in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Indians.
Impact: Many had their questions about how things would go for Cabrera in 2014, but so far, so good. The switch-hitting outfielder has pounded out 26 hits over the first 17 games and is sporting an impressive .888 OPS.
News: Santos worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and two walks with two strikeouts as he picked up the save versus the Indians on Friday night.
Impact: Santos was simply awful his last time out, so nailing this one down marks a nice bounce-back. In spite of his shakiness in this outing, Santos is now 5-for-6 in his save chances this season.
News: Hutchison worked 5.1 innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts versus the Indians Friday night.
Impact: Another nice outing for Hutchison, as 3-of-4 starts here in 2014 have gone very well for the 23-year-old hurler. With 20 innings now under his belt for the campaign, Hutchison is sporting a 3.60 ERA and 10.8 K/9.
News: Francisco has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo, reports Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
Impact: With Adam Lind (back) now officially on the DL, Francisco will join the Blue Jays' roster to provide depth at the corner infield positions as well as possibly see time in the lineup at DH. Spending time with both the Braves and Brewers in 2013, Francisco slugged .422 with 18 homers. He could be a useful source of power in AL-only formats over the next couple of weeks.
News: Lind (back) was placed on the 15-day Friday, reports Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
Impact: This move was delayed a few days, as Lind has not played since Tuesday. With the 30-year-old off to a hot start this season, the blow is certainly a tough one for the Blue Jays. Juan Francisco has been called up to replace Lind on the roster.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Bautista was a combined 1 for 7 in Thursday's doubleheader with Minnesota, though the lone hit was his sixth homer of the season, pulling him into a three-way tie with Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez for the major league lead entering Friday's action.
Impact: Bautista is slugging a robust .654 through 16 games.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Dickey suffered his third loss Thursday in the first leg of a doubleheader with Minnesota, giving up five runs and a season-high seven hits along with five walks over 4 1-3 innings.
Impact: Aside from his 6 2-3 shutout innings in his lone win of the season on April 5 against the Yankees, Dickey has been nothing special, as evidenced by his 6.26 ERA. Fantasy owners looking for a bounce-back season after a rough 2013 from Dickey are probably growing impatient.
News: Francisco, who was pulled from Friday's game at Triple-A Buffalo, will likely have his contract selected with Adam Lind (back) expected to land on the DL, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Entering action Friday, Francisco had slashed .349/.429/.581 with five extra-base hits (including two homers), 11 RBI, and nine runs scored in 43 at-bats. While he may not act as the regular designated hitter, he should garner enough at-bats between DH and first base to establish some relevance during Lind's absence.
News: Janssen (back) will be sidelined at least an additional two weeks due to his lower back strain and abdominal concern, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Blue Jays shut down Janssen's rehab assignment Thursday due to renewed discomfort, pushing back his next possible appearance to early May. He'll now rejoin the team in order to continue his recovery, which will include bullpen sessions and another rehab assignment. Meanwhile, the development could force the team to stick with his replacement, Sergio Santos, for the long haul, even when Janssen is healthy enough for major league action.
News: Lind (back) is slated to go through a handful of drills Friday, after which a decision will be made regarding placement on the disabled list, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Lind last took the field Tuesday, when a tight lower back ended his night earlier than expected. If a stay on the DL is deemed appropriate, a revolving door will likely exist at DH for the Blue Jays.
News: Reyes (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list following Friday's game in Cleveland, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons relayed that Reyes will man shortstop both Saturday and Sunday, meaning he should be good to roll for his season debut. During his rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin, Reyes tallied no hits, two walks, one RBI, and three runs scored in six at-bats.
News: Bautista hit a solo homer in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader at Minnesota.
Impact: It was the fifth home run of the season for Bautista, who is likely to post some of the best power numbers in the American League, assuming he can stay healthy.
News: Santos was awful in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, failing to retire a batter while issuing three walks and uncorking three wild pitches. He ended up allowing three runs.
Impact: Santos entered in the eighth inning with a couple of men on base and a two-run lead, but made of mess of things. His strikeout rate is great, but he's really struggled in general while filling in for Casey Janssen (back). Despite the ugly outing, Santos will probably continue to close while Janssen slowly recovers. In fact, Janssen has been temporarily shut down with more soreness in his back.
News: Dickey (1-3) allowed five runs and 12 baserunners (seven hits, five walks) in just 4.1 innings Thursday against Minnesota. He struck out four, needing 112 pitches even in the abbreviated outing.
Impact: Dickey's looked very bad in three of his four starts so far this year, with one gem against the Yankees not nearly enough to make up for the 16 runs he's allowed in his three losses. After seeing his walk rate spike and strikeout rate fall last year, he's got an ugly 18:15 K:BB so far this year. It's not looking good.
News: Janssen has been temporarily shut down due to lower-back soreness, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Renewed back discomfort will force Janssen to cease throwing for at least a few days, meaning any hope of a return this weekend has been dashed. The right-hander just made his first rehab appearance Tuesday, allowing one hit while striking out one in one inning of work for High-A Dunedin. While there's a chance this ends up being a relatively short delay, it will buy Sergio Santos some additional time in the closer's role.
News: Reyes (hamstring) is now expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The expectation was that Reyes would return in time for Friday's series opener in Cleveland, but the forecast calls for rain, so the team will play it safe and keep him on the DL for one additional day. Assuming the Jays do activate Reyes on Saturday, his 2014 debut will likely come against right-hander Corey Kluber.
Anthony Gose - #8 - Left Field - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Gose was recalled to serve as the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Barring an option or DL move, Gose will only be available for the second game of the twin bill. The 23-year-old, who's hit .240/.294/.361 in 108 games at the major league level, will likely head right back down after the nightcap.
News: Rasmus (hamstring) will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Rasmus expressed some uncertainty Thursday morning as to whether he would play in either game, but apparently the team is confident enough in his health to allow him to DH. It seems likely, however, that the M's will hold Rasmus out of Game 2, as to protect against any possible setback.
News: Lind (back) won't play at all Thursday, but is hopeful he will avoid the DL, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Thanks to an ailing lower back, Lind will not be available for either game of the doubleheader Thursday. Lind saying that he hopes to avoid the DL suggests there's a chance he doesn't, but continue to consider him day-to-day until further notice.
News: Reyes (hamstring) is still on track to return to the Blue Jays' lineup Friday in Cleveland, reports MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm.
Impact: After playing a full game at shortstop for High-A Dunedin Wednesday, in which he went 0-for-3 with a walk, Reyes appears ready to rejoin the Blue Jays for their weekend bout with the Indians. Obviously, the four-time All-Star will be a welcome addition, as he is one of the league's premiere table setters when healthy.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jays and Twins have postponed Wednesday's game due to weather, likely pushing back Dickey's slated start to Thursday's doubleheader, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With an inch of snow expected in Minneapolis, the team sides have opted to play a split doubleheader Thursday. Barry Davis of Sportsnet speculates that Dickey and Dustin McGowan will take the mound, allowing Dickey an extra day to bounce back from last Thursday's five run bombing as the hands of the meek Astros.
News: Lind is on the disabled list with lower back tightness.
Impact: His status going forward is uncertain.
News: Morrow lasted 3 2-3 innings on a 35-degree night at Target Field on Tuesday.
Impact: Morrow threw 98 pitches without getting through the fourth. He allowed only two runs but this was still a bad effort. "I didn't feel helpless. I was still trying on every pitch. But nothing was working," Morrow said.
News: Kawasaki had two hits to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Impact: Kawasaki owns a 1.000 OPS for the Jays.
Brett Lawrie - #13 - Third Base - 6'0" - 213lbs
News: Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Impact: Lawrie had a career-high five RBIs. He has gone deep in three of his last six games.
News: Bautista had three hits and an RBI to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night.
Impact: Bautista is 5 for 10 in his last two games for the Jays.
News: Lind sounds like he'll miss a game at least, with the lower-back tightness that forced him from Tuesday's game, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. "I hope I feel better tomorrow, but that would be a miracle," Lind said after Tuesday's game.
Impact: Josh Thole replaced him as the DH Tuesday, but the Blue Jays could go in any number of directions if Lind is out of the lineup Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day, but don't bank on him being in the lineup for at least another game.
News: Morrow gave up two runs on four hits and four walks in just 3.2 innings Tuesday against the Twins.
Impact: He was able to notch four strikeouts before exiting from the 35-degree chill early after building up a ridiculous pitch count of 98 in less than four innings. He'll look to be more effective Sunday in Cleveland.
News: Lind left Tuesday's game with lower-back tightness, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Lind, who finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run, was replaced at designated hitter by Josh Thole. His owners should continue to monitor his progress Wednesday, as it's unclear if he'll have to miss further time.
News: Happ (back) thinks he'll take on the long man role in the Jays' bullpen upon his return to the team, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: He isn't pleased with an apparent impending move to the bullpen, but noted that there's nothing he can do about it. Toronto understandably seems pleased with the production it's been getting from Drew Hutchison and Dustin McGowan, so Happ will likely need an injury or for one of the two to struggle in order to see time as a starter this season.
News: Janssen (back) pitched one inning for High-A Dunedin on Tuesday, and allowed one hit while notching one strikeout, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: He could be back for this weekend's series against the Indians, as he seems to be moving along nicely in his rehab. It's not clear if he'll slot right back in as the closer in Toronto, or if the Blue Jays will give him a couple outings to get his bearings, but he should get the job back in due time.
News: Rasmus (hamstring) could play Wednesday, according to manager John Gibbons, but with the weather being extremely cold in Minnesota, it would not be surprising if Rasmus got another day off, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: Gibbons said he still doesn't believe Rasmus' ailment is serious, and just wanted to give him more time to rest Tuesday. It sounds like Wednesday is a possible return date for Rasmus, and if not, he should be back sooner than later.
News: Rasmus (hamstring) is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Tuesday at Minnesota.
Impact: Yielding center field to Jose Bautista, while Moises Sierra enters in right, Rasmus won't start for just the second time this season. However, the historically fragile Rasmus has an acceptable reason for his absence: a tight hamstring. Consider him day-to-day for now, after launching three moonshots in his previous 16 at-bats.
News: Rasmus was 3 for 4 on Sunday against Baltimore, hitting his third homer in four games.
Impact: Rasmus is 8 for 19 over his last five games after starting 2 for 27 through his first eight contests.
News: Cabrera was 2 for 6 and scored two runs Sunday against Baltimore.
Impact: Cabrera, who is batting .328, has opened the season with a 13-game hitting streak.
News: Bautista was 2 for 5 Sunday against Baltimore with his fifth home run of the season.
Impact: Six of Bautista's nine hits have gone for extra bases.
Edwin Encarnacion - #10 - First Base - 6'1" - 230lbs
News: Encarnacion was 3 for 4 with two doubles and his first two RBIs of the season Sunday against Baltimore.
Impact: Encarnacion is off to a rough start, slugging just .340.
News: Buehrle improved to 3-0 after limiting Baltimore to one run and five hits over seven innings on Sunday.
Impact: Buerhle is turning back the clock a bit with a 0.86 ERA through his first three starts.
Ryan Goins - #17 - Short Stop - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: With Maicer Izturis (knee) potentially out for the season, Goins faces improved prospects for playing time once Jose Reyes (hamstring) returns from injury.
Impact: Prior to Izturis' injury, Goins, who has been starting at shortstop, appeared to be in danger of moving to a bench role once Reyes returned. Now, Goins will likely be the Jays' starter at second base against right-handed pitching, while either Jonathan Diaz or Munenori Kawasaki figures to start against lefties. Reyes could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday, at which point Goins will have likely played nine or 10 games at shortstop, giving him eligibility in some leagues.
News: Reyes (hamstring) may be activated from the DL on Friday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Impact: As long as Reyes' rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin goes swimmingly, he'll likely return to the Blue Jays for a weekend series in Cleveland. He could slot into the lineup immediately at shortstop, but Jonathan Diaz would spell him due to Maicer Izturis' upcoming 4-to-6 month stay on the pine due to a torn LCL in his left knee.
News: Kawasaki's contract was purchased by the Blue Jays on Monday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1 reports.
Impact: Toronto's folk hero and his unique, to say the least, pregame calisthenic routine is back with the big club for the first time this season. Currently, the infield is ailing, with knowledge that Maicer Izturis (knee) is out four-to-six months. Although Jose Reyes (hamstring) is nearing the end of his own recovery, Kawasaki will provide middle infield depth for at least the remainder of the week, and possibly longer.
News: Rasmus (hamstring) doesn't think the injury that forced him to leave Sunday's game is serious, Sportsnet reports. "Just to make sure it's nothing big and we've got an off day, and we were up in the game," said Rasmus, "I decided to come out just to make sure everything's good."
Impact: For owners facing a weekly lineup deadline, Rasmus' availability for Tuesday's game seems to be on the more probably side of a questionable tag, especially when you consider that the Jays carried a seven-run lead Sunday at the time of his departure.
News: Izturis will sit out 4-to-6 months as a result of a torn ligament in his left knee, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The initial diagnosis of a sprain is in fact a tear of a ligament, no matter the size, but Izturis' has been determined to be a complete tear of his left LCL. While he intends to seek out a second opinion, surgery is all but assured for such a serious malady. For the time being, Jonathan Diaz should garner most of the reps at shortstop.
News: Bautista went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the Jays' blowout win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Impact: In addition to a nice day at the plate, Bautista also played a few innings in center field when Colby Rasmus left with a seemingly minor hamstring injury. Early on, there is a significant gap between Bautista's average (.225) and on-base percentage (.446), which may be a function of an early-season slump from Edwin Encarnacion and fewer quality pitches to hit. Bautista has fanned just eight times in 40 at-bats, so there appears to be some upward movement coming on the average front.
News: Buehrle turned in seven strong frames, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out two en route to picking up the win versus the Orioles Sunday afternoon.
Impact: Now sporting a perfect 3-0 record three starts into the campaign, Buehrle has been simply dominant over the first couple of weeks of 2014. The veteran southpaw is currently holding a 0.86 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and a 16:2 K:BB across 21 innings to this point. A 35-year-old owner of 189 career victories, Buehrle seems to have plenty left in the tank.
Erik Kratz - #31 - Catcher - 6'4" - 240lbs
News: The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.
Impact: Kratz is a journeyman who is 2 for 10.
News: Izturis needs surgery for a tear in his left knee and could be out for the rest of the season.
Impact: The 33-year-old Izturis was put on the disabled list Sunday after suffering his injury before a game in Baltimore. Toronto said Monday that he had a complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament. Izturis will seek a second opinion before setting the surgery. The team said the recovery time is about four to six months. Izturis is hitting .286 in 11 games.
Erik Kratz - #31 - Catcher - 6'4" - 240lbs
News: Kratz has been sent to Triple-A Buffalo, the National Post reports.
Impact: Kratz, who has gone 2-for-10 with a homer and four RBI to date, heads down for now, with Munenori Kawasaki and J.A. Happ set to rejoin the Jays' active roster.
News: Happ will rejoin the Blue Jays in Minnesota on Tuesday, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Happ should retake a spot in the rotation from either Drew Hutchison or Dustin McGowan. He will look to improve on his 2013 campaign, where he posted a 4.53 ERA over 92.2 innings.
News: Rasmus left Sunday's game with hamstring tightness, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: The move was likely precautionary given that the Jays were up big at the time. He should be back in the lineup for Toronto on Tuesday, but his status should be monitored in case something comes up.
News: Hutchison was magnificent Saturday.
Impact: Hutchison handcuffed the Orioles on four hits over six innings, walking two and striking out five. He faces the Tribe next.
News: Cabrera had two hits Saturday.
Impact: Cabrera has a 12-game hit streak to start the season so he is red-hot.
News: Kawasaki will join the Blue Jays on Tuesday, John Lott of The National Post reports.
Impact: Kawasaki will be a replacement at shortstop for the Blue Jays, who are down both Jose Reyes and now Maicer Izturis. Reyes is due back with the Jays in about a week, so Kawasaki's stint in the majors will likely be a short one.
News: Izturis was placed on the DL after leaving Sunday's game with a knee injury, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: With Izturis out of the lineup for a while, Jonathan Diaz will be the likely candidate for more playing time at shortstop. Luckily for Toronto, Jose Reyes doesn't look too far away from a return, and he will return to his everyday spot at short when he comes back.
News: Izturis was removed from Sunday's game due to a left knee sprain, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Izturis was originally in the starting lineup, but never made it to the on-deck circle before being pulled from the game. Jonathan Diaz took his place in the lineup Sunday, and he could see some more playing time if Izturis has to miss a few days of work. Manager John Gibbons will likely provide more information on his condition following Sunday's game.
News: Izturis was in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, but he did not get into the on-deck circle for his first at-bat and was replaced by Jonathan Diaz, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.
Impact: Ryan Goins moved over to play shortstop with Diaz handling second base. No reason was given for the change, but presumably there is an injury or illness in play here.
News: Reyes (hamstring) was en route to Florida on Sunday to continue his rehab work.
Impact: Presumably, Reyes will be playing in a few games with the Jays' High-A affiliate on a rehab assignment in Dunedin before a potential return to the Toronto lineup for the upcoming weekend series against Cleveland.
News: Rasmus hit his second home run of the season Saturday -- a game-tying solo shot with two outs in the top of the ninth -- but it wasn't enough, as the Jays fell 2-1 to Baltimore in extra innings.
Impact: The round tripper was Colby's 47th as a Jay and 100th of his 701-game career. He's had one of the more awful fantasy starts in baseball this season, going just 2-for-27 in his first eight games, but has started to turn it around recently with five hits over his last four games. He should continue to see a ton of at-bats, and subsequent opportunities to improve upon his .167 batting average, going forward.
News: Hutchison was great Saturday, tossing six innings of shutout ball against the Orioles. He walked four while fanning five and walking two in a no-decision.
Impact: The 23-year-old was removed after 96 pitches by manager John Gibbons in the sixth while the game was still scoreless. The Jays' No. 2 bounced back nicely at Camden Yards after a disastrous previous outing where he was blasted for six earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings against the Yankees. Look for Hutchison to continue building momentum Friday at Cleveland.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: McGowan notched his first big league victory since 2008 on Friday.
Impact: McGowan was solid against the Orioles, allowing five hits in 6 1-3 shutout innings.
News: Manager John Gibbons said Janssen (back) could be back for next weekend's series in Cleveland, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: The news is good concerning Janssen, and he should ultimately take the closer's role back, whether it be immediately or after a couple of outings.
News: Reyes (hamstring) could return for next weekend's series in Cleveland, John Lott of the National Post reports
Impact: Reyes said he was "very happy" running the bases, which is a good sign for his progress going forward. When he make his return to the lineup, he'll likely take his spot at the top of the batting order. Although he may not be ready for activation when first eligible, his progress is encouraging enough to believe he could be back next weekend.
News: Janssen (back) felt good after throwing a bullpen session Saturday, and if he feels fine Sunday, he will head out on a rehab assignment, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Saturday's bullpen marked the first time Janssen "really aired it out," according to Davidi, and it seems that the right-hander was pleased with the results. Janssen is only expected to need one or two rehab appearances, either at Triple-A Buffalo or High-A Dunedin, depending on the weather, so an activation next week seems likely.
Jonathan Diaz - #1 - Short Stop - 5'9" - 155lbs
News: Diaz and Ryan Goins have been platooning at shortstop in Jose Reyes' absence.
Impact: Reyes (hamstring) seems to be nearing a rehab assignment, and his return to the majors will likely mark the end of Diaz's spell with the big club. A glove-first middle infielder, Diaz is 4-for-18 with three RBI and a stolen base. Until Reyes returns, expect Diaz to start against left-handed pitching and sit against most right-handers.
News: Izturis made his fifth consecutive start at second base Friday against the Orioles.
Impact: Izturis put up a second straight 0-for-4 performance, after starting the season 10-for-22. He's been batting second in the Blue Jays lineup -- right in front of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion -- but that probably won't last long. Jose Reyes (hamstring) seems to be nearing the start of a rehab assignment, and Izturis may have to split time with Ryan Goins at the keystone once the star shortstop returns. Goins, who was tabbed as the starting second baseman before the season, has been starting at shortstop against right-handed pitching in Reyes' absence. A Goins-Izturis platoon at second base is the most likely scenario once Reyes returns, but Goins hasn't exactly made a strong case to stick in the lineup, starting 1-for-22 at the plate.
Ryan Goins - #17 - Short Stop - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Goins logged his sixth game (fourth start) of the season at shortstop in Friday's 2-0 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Goins and Jonathan Diaz have been platooning at shortstop, while Maicer Izturis has been a regular starter at second base. Izturis is off to a nice start that almost certainly won't last, and Goins is 1-for-22 with one walk and nine strikeouts. Goins, a left-handed hitter, has the better half of a platoon and will likely earn dual position eligibility in most leagues soon, but he's not a base-stealer and doesn't have much potential with the bat. With Jose Reyes (hamstring) coming along as expected in his recovery, Goins will move back to second base within the next few weeks, and may have to fend off Maicer Izturis for playing time. Manager John Gibbons has yet to start Goins against a lefty.
Edwin Encarnacion - #10 - First Base - 6'1" - 230lbs
News: Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a run in Friday's 2-0 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Encarnacion is 7-for-41 and has yet to hit a homer or drive in a run, but he has scored five times and stolen a base. Given what he did the last two seasons, the slow start isn't particularly concerning.
Brett Cecil - #27 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Cecil struck out three of the five batters he faced in Friday's 2-0 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Entering the game with a runner on first and one out in the seventh, Cecil retired the first five batters in the Baltimore lineup. He already has three holds and one save this season, and he's yet to allow a run through five innings. As the top lefty in Toronto's bullpen, Cecil could pick up occasional saves, but they'll likely be few and far between. Sergio Santos has acquitted himself well in place of Casey Janssen (back), who will likely return to the closer's role within the next few weeks.
News: Santos tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out a pair, to garner his fourth save of the season as Toronto downed the Orioles, 2-0, on Friday night.
Impact: Casey Janssen is due back from the disabled list soon and likely will step back into the closer's role, but Santos has performed admirably while filling in and will remain a very useful handcuff for Janssen owners given the Toronto closer's sometimes fragile health history.
News: McGowan impressed Friday with 6.1 shutout innings in a 2-0 win over Baltimore. He allowed five hits and one walk and struck out two.
Impact: It was shades of the past as McGowan looked sharp in a start he needed. With J.A. Happ due back from the disabled list soon, his spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy, but this certainly had to help. The Blue Jays continue to watch his workload closely (he was pitching on an extra days rest and was pulled after throwing 90 pitches - 59 for strikes), but this outing was tremendously encouraging.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Rasmus had three hits in Thursday's loss.
Impact: Rasmus entered in a 3-for-30 slide.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Dickey was taken deep twice in a loss Thursday.
Impact: Dickey was moved up a day to face Houston on regular rest. He allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four. "It's a real surprise when I have a knuckleball like that and we have the outcome that we had," Dickey said. He'll try to regroup next week against the Twins.
News: Janssen (back) will be available to throw a side session Saturday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: After Saturday's session, the Jays will have a good read regarding a potential rehab assignment for Janssen. Presumably, Janssen will eventually return to the closer role, but the team has not provided any concrete plans while Sergio Santos has pitched very well in Janssen's absence.
News: Reyes (hamstring) felt comfortable running Friday and will push his workout further Saturday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: If everything goes off without a hitch Saturday, Reyes likely will be cleared to go on a minor league rehab assignment in the coming days.
News: Delabar (leg) will be available out of the bullpen Friday night, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Delabar exited Wednesday's game after taking a line drive off his leg and was still wearing a wrap on his leg as recently as Friday morning, but it appears he is dealing with nothing more than a bruise.
News: Dickey took the loss against Houston on Thursday, allowing five runs and six hits over seven innings. He issued three walks and struck out four.
Impact: Dickey was cruising through the first four innings, but gave up a two-run homer in the fifth. After a 1-2-3 sixth inning, Dickey was victimized by another long ball, surrendering a three-run blast to light-hitting Jonathan Villar. The veteran righty has had an up-and-down first three starts, but will try to gain some consistency in his next start at Minnesota.
News: Rasmus had his best game of the season Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run. It was his first multi-hit game of the year.
Impact: Rasmus entered the game hitting just .100 (3-for-30), so he was overdue for a strong performance. Furthermore, his home run came against a lefty -- a good sign, considering southpaws have given him lots of trouble in his career. He's not out of the woods yet, but a three-hit game is a step in the right direction.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera had two singles, extending his hitting streak to nine games Wednesday.
Impact: However, Cabrera failed to hit a home run for the first time in five games so he could be cooling off and if so, you may eventually want to cut bait with him.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Morrow pitched six solid innings and Toronto beat Houston 7-3 for its third victory in four games.
Impact: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought Morrow "had that look about him" as he faced the Astros on Wednesday night. The right-hander allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, walked one and struck out nine. "I thought he was very aggressive tonight," Gibbons said.
News: An X-ray on Delabar's injured leg came back negative, Sportsnet's Arash Madani reports.
Impact: Delabar probably isn't available Thursday, but he said that he doesn't think the injury is serious, and the negative X-ray backs that up. With Casey Janssen (back) on the disabled list and Sergio Santos closing, Delabar is the Jays' top right-handed setup man, at least for the time being. Janssen should be back before the end of April, possibly within the next week.
Brett Lawrie - #13 - Third Base - 6'0" - 213lbs
News: Lawrie was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Wednesday night against the Astros.
Impact: Lawrie had been off to a slow start to the year, going just 4-for-33 at the plate. Wednesday marked his first homer of the season however, as well as RBI number two and three. He'll look to build on this momentum in a weekend series against the Orioles.
News: Morrow earned his first win of the season on Wednesday, giving up three runs (all earned), five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over six innings of work.
Impact: Morrow improved his record to 1-1, and now has a 13:2 K:BB over his first two starts. If Morrow can put a full season together in 2014, he'll end up proving to be a steal for fantasy owners, based on his average draft position.
News: Cabrera homered again in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Houston.
Impact: Cabrera, who hit just three homers in 88 games last season, has now gone deep in four straight. Fantasy owners should continue to ride him until he cools off.
News: Buehrle allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings, earning the win in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Houston.
Impact: Fantasy owners couldn't have asked for a better start to the season from Buehrle, who has posted a sparkling 0.64 ERA in winning each of his first two starts. He's scheduled to face the Orioles in Baltimore in his next outing.
News: Delabar (leg) doesn't believe his injury is serious, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Delabar took a line drive to the leg off the bat of Jose Altuve Wednesday night, but said after the game that it hit his muscle, not his bone. Although Delabar believes the injury isn't anything serious, he's now pitched on three of four days, making it likely he's unavailable Thursday against the Astros.
News: Delabar was removed from Wednesday's game after taking a line drive off his leg.
Impact: Delabar will be evaluated by Blue Jays' staff to determine whether it is just a contusion, or something more serious. Fantasy owners counting on his hold potential may want to explore other options as a precaution.
Neil Wagner - #45 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 215lbs
News: Toronto recalled Wagner from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.
Impact: Wagner went 2-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 36 games with Toronto last season. He also appeared in six games with Oakland in 2011.
News: Reyes (hamstring) is expected to start running the bases on the team's upcoming road trip, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons did not specify a date for Reyes to start running the bases, but it sounds like the 30-year-old will attempt to do so at some point next week. While it will likely be one of the final hurdles on Reyes' road back to the big club, the expectation is still that he won't be ready to return when first eligible April 15.
Neil Wagner - #45 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 215lbs
News: Wagner was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.
Impact: Marcus Walden's promotion was short-lived, as the Blue Jays swapped him out with Wagner before he could make even one appearance with the big club. The 30-year-old Wagner struggled in spring training (7.94 ERA), but turned in a 3.79 ERA in 36 appearances out of the major league bullpen and a 0.76 ERA in 23 appearances at Triple-A last season. Wagner has a strong arm and it sounds like he may be deployed in the later innings.
News: Bautista went 1-for-2 Tuesday with a solo home run and two walks against the Astros.
Impact: He now has four home runs on the season, but just six total hits, demonstrating his typical plan of attack at the plate.
News: Buehrle allowed eight hits Tuesday, but just one earned run, while striking out three against the Astros en route to his second win of the season.
Impact: This just goes to show that Buehrle, while often a very competent pitcher, is not the K-machine he appeared to be in his first start of the season when he fanned 11 Rays in 8.2 innings. Still, it's been an excellent start to the season for Buehrle, who received very little fanfare in the preseason.
News: Cabrera homered for the fourth straight game Tuesday against the Astros.
Impact: He has now hit more home runs in eight games this season than he did in 88 last season, when he was sidelined with leg injuries and also had a benign tumor removed from his spine late in the season. Few prognosticators were declaring Cabrera a bounce-back candidate this season, but it seems he may have been one of the steals of drafts, even though we know he'll cool down at some point.
News: Reyes relayed that his right hamstring feels better, which will allow him to increase his activity level, but he's unlikely to be activated when first eligible on Apr. 15, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Running is expected to be the toughest hurdle in Reyes' recovery from an inflamed right hamstring, but the fact that he'll soon ramp up his workouts is nonetheless a nice first step. In the meantime, the middle infield will be covered by Maicer Izturis (at second base) and Jonathan Diaz (at short) most days.
News: McGowan will have his scheduled start Thursday pushed back to Friday in Baltimore, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: In order to provide McGowan with an extra day of rest, R.A. Dickey will switch days with the fellow righty. The additional rest will be welcomed, after yielding four runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out three in 2.2 innings in his sole start last Friday. The perpetually injured McGowan may soon move to the bullpen upon J.A. Happ's (back) return to the rotation next week, which would alter his relevance drastically.
News: Janssen (back), who will throw on the side Wednesday, is expected to make an appearance in 1-to-2 rehab games, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Janssen will cut it close to 15 days in his recovery from a lower back strain, so he may not return when immediately eligible on Apr. 13. As long as he's sidelined, Sergio Santos will handle save chances for the Blue Jays.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Hutchison was dominated by the Yanks on Sunday.
Impact: Hutchison pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but couldn't duplicate that success against the Yankees. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings, walked three and struck out six. "He has been off a little bit," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Happ (back) will make his next rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of USA Today reports.
Impact: Happ threw five innings of two-run ball Saturday, and will look to build on this momentum Thursday. If the Jays decide to insert him into the big league rotation, it could happen as early as next week.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera was 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday afternoon.
Impact: He led off the bottom of the first inning with his third home run in as many days. With Jose Reyes on the disabled list, Cabrera seems to be enjoying his spot at the top of the batting order, but while he may be able to continue producing something close to his .323 batting average, the power display is likely to fade.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hutchison was lit up for six runs on six hits, walking three and striking out six while lasting just 3.1 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees on Sunday afternoon.
Impact: The loss evens Hutchison's record at 1-1, but he now sports an ugly 6.23 ERA after two starts. He has displayed reasonably good stuff, but his command has been a problem, often leaving balls out over the plate even when he was in the strike zone. He has some upside, but he will need to hit his spots more consistently to be considered a fantasy asset.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Dickey and three relievers combined for a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon.
Impact: Dickey (1-1,4.63 ERA) allowed six runs and five hits in his season-opening start at Tampa Bay last Monday but was much sharper against New York. The 2012 NL Cy Young winner gave up five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walked one and struck out six.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Happ threw five innings in a rehab start for High-A Dunedin on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Impact: Happ could return at any point, if the Blue Jays decide to put him in the bullpen. If they want to give the rotation another turn, before making a decision, he could get more time in the minors.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: McGowan was terrible Friday for the Jays but that was to be expected.
Impact: Starting for the first time since September, 2011, McGowan allowed four runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dickey gave up five hits and one walk, while striking out six over 6.2 scoreless innings, in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Yankees.
Impact: It was a nice bounce-back performance from Dickey, who struggled to the tune of six earned runs over five innings in his debut Monday. The right-hander seems to have the Yankees' number, as he posted a 2.54 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 28.1 innings (four starts) against them last season.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Morrow suffered Thursday's loss to the Rays.
Impact: Morrow gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings in his first start since May 28. The right-hander missed the final four months last season due to an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm. "That was a tough one where you feel like you pitched better than the line," Morrow said.
News: Buehrle came within an out of going the distance in his first start of the season, instead allowing four hits over 8 2/3 shutout innings in Wednesday's win at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Believe it or not, Buehrle's 11 strikeouts marked the second-highest total of his career. He struck out 12 in a win over Seattle with the White Sox on April 16, 2005. Either way it's a good sign for owners after Buehrle's disappointing 2013.
News: Bautista went deep twice and walked twice in Wednesday's win at Tampa Bay.
Impact: It marked the 22nd career multihomer game for Bautista, who owns a .538 on-base percentage through his first three games. He had four two-homer games in 2013.
News: Cabrera was 2 for 5 for the second straight day in Wednesday's victory at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Cabrera is off to a strong start, going 5 for 14 in his first three games after hitting .279 in a disappointing 2013 season.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Hutchison won his first start in almost two years as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Impact: Hutchison allowed three hits, three walks and struck out four over 5 1/3 shutout innings in his first big league game since June 15, 2012. The right-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery in August 2012. "I wasn't sharp early at all, kind of grinded through that one," Hutchison said. "I think coming out of spring training I was just ready to go, so it was a good start. I'm glad we got the win and I'm ready to get going."
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Lind enjoyed a huge fantasy effort Tuesday.
Impact: The slugger was 2 for 3 with a three-run bomb in the first inning.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Dickey allowed six runs in five innings in Monday's season-opening 9-2 loss at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Not what fantasy owners wanted to see from Dickey following last season's nightmare. The former NL Cy Young Award winner remains a risky option going forward.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Reyes has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is batting leadoff against Cleveland.
Impact: Reyes strained his left hamstring during his first at-bat in the season opener March 31 against Tampa Bay. The switch-hitter initially was injured during spring training. He aggravated the leg running to first base after lining out to center and was removed from the Rays game.
Mon. Mar 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Reyes has left the season opener after his first at-bat because of a tight left hamstring. The Toronto shortstop exited Monday in the first inning of the season opener at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Reyes led off the game and was robbed of a hit on a diving catch by Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings. He was replaced in the field by Ryan Goins in the bottom of the first. Reyes sat out several games during the final week of spring training with tightness in the same hamstring. He missed 66 games last season because of an injured left ankle.