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  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Sitting Out On Sunday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Raimel Tapia is getting the start in left field for the game. Gurriel suffered a hamstring injury this past Thursday. He sat out on Friday due to the injury, but he returned to the lineup on Saturday and went 1-for-3 in the game. It's been an underwhelming start to the year for the 28-year-old, who is slashing .230/.274/.333 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs over 38 games.

    May 22 · Source via Blue Jays Lourdes Gurriel
  • Jordan Romano Records Save No. 13 In His Return

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano returned to action on Friday after being out for the majority of the past week with an illness. He pitched a clean ninth inning in the team's 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds to earn his 13th save of the year. He retired each of the three batters he faced and needed just 10 pitches to lock up the team's 21st victory of the year. Romano's 13 saves on the season have him ranked third in the majors behind only Taylor Rogers (15) and Josh Hader (14). The 29-year-old has a 2.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 17 total appearances on the year.

    May 21 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Tim Mayza To Begin Throwing Program This Weekend

    Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tim Mayza (elbow) is set to begin playing catch either on Saturday or Sunday. The left-hander just received a negative MRI on his elbow. He has been shut down for the past week while allowing for his forearm inflammation to subside. Mayza has had a nice year so far as one of the Jays' top setup men. He is second on the team in holds with seven, trailing only Yimi Garcia, who has eight. Mayza has a 2.08 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 13 innings on the year.

    May 21 · Source via Blue Jays Tim Mayza closers
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Is Returning On Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hamstring) is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. He is back in the lineup after exiting Wednesday's game due to hamstring tightness. Gurriel will play first base and bat eighth versus righty Hunter Greene. Fantasy managers should make sure Gurriel is back in their lineups for Saturday.

    May 21 · Source via Blue Jays Lourdes Gurriel
  • Tim Mayza Receives Clean MRI On Elbow

    Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tim Mayza (elbow) underwent an MRI on his elbow on Friday. The exam came up clean and he is set to be reassessed on Sunday. After that, the hope is that he will begin a throwing program and have a quick buildup from there. Mayza was placed on the 15-day injured list earlier this week. The 30-year-old has been one of the team's top setup men this year, pitching to a 2.08 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP while collecting seven holds. Based on Friday's news, it sounds like there's a chance he'll be back with the team when first eligible in about 10 days.

    May 20 · Source via Blue Jays Tim Mayza closers
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Out With Hamstring Soreness Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hamstring) exited Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners with hamstring soreness and the injury is still nagging him. While he isn't expected to require a trip to the injured list, he is being held out of the starting lineup on Friday. Raimel Tapia will be getting the start in left field and batting sixth in the game. Gurriel has yet to settle in at the plate this year. Over 37 games, he's slashing .227/.273/.333 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs. He should be considered day-to-day for now.

    May 20 · Source via Blue Jays Lourdes Gurriel
  • Jordan Romano Will Be Available On Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (illness) stated that he is "ready to go" if the team needs him in Friday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. He says that he is feeling a lot better. The 29-year-old has been dealing with a gastrointestinal infection this past week and he has been unavailable since Monday. Adam Cimber converted two saves while Romano was out, but Romano will certainly be back in the closing role now. He has converted 12-of-14 save opportunities so far this year.

    May 20 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Bo Bichette Tallies Four Hits In Series Versus Mariners

    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in the final game of the team's three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Bichette had a big game in the series opener on Monday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. He then singled and stole a base in Game 2 of the series. Overall, Bichette has fared better at the plate in May than in April. He's tallied seven extra-base hits while posting an .808 OPS in May. Last month, he only managed four extra-base hits and had a .535 OPS. Bichette and the Blue Jays are off on Thursday, then the team begins a three-game home series against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

    May 19 · Source via Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Kevin Gausman Strikes Out Just Three On Wednesday

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (3-3) threw five innings on Wednesday, taking the loss after allowing two runs against the Seattle Mariners. He only struck out three batters, walked one, and allowed seven hits, including a home run. Gausman has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in 2022. During his first season North of the border, the 31-year-old has a 2.52 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and 57 strikeouts over 50 innings (eight starts). Fantasy managers can assume Gausman will continue to dominate this season, including in his next against the St. Louis Cardinals next week.

    May 18 · Source via Blue Jays Kevin Gausman
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Removed From Wednesday's Game Early

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hamstring) was removed from Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners with left hamstring tightness. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before leaving. The severity of his hamstring is unknown at this time, and Gurriel is considered day-to-day. Raimel Tapia replaced him in the sixth inning. Tapia, along with Bradley Zimmer, would see an uptick in playing time if Gurriel were to miss extended time. Gurriel was hitting .227 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and two stolen bases in 2022. Stay tuned for further updates.

    May 18 · Source via Blue Jays Lourdes Gurriel
  • Jordan Romano Likely To Avoid Injured List

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (illness) is dealing with a gastrointestinal infection, according to Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins. He is currently being treated by antibiotics. The belief is that he will be able to suit up again soon and that he won't require a trip to the injured list. Romano has been a gem for fantasy managers so far this year. He's already racked up 12 saves across 14 save opportunities while pitching to a 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Adam Cimber has converted two saves this week with Romano out. He pitched two straight days so he'll likely be unavailable Wednesday, but he's clearly established himself as the next-in-line closer behind Romano.

    May 18 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Teoscar Hernandez Hitless Over Last Three Games

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez has been struggling at the plate since his activation from the injured list on May 7. Over nine games this month, he's slashing .111/.111/.194 with 13 strikeouts, no walks and only one extra-base hit, a home run. He's gone 0-for-12 across his last three games. The 29-year-old likely just needs some more time to settle in this year. He's only recorded two barrels across 36 batted ball events, but his 92.9 mph average exit velocity is encouraging as it's a slight increase from last year's average (91.8 mph).

    May 18 · Source via Blue Jays Teoscar Hernandez
  • Adam Cimber Notches Third Save On Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Adam Cimber threw a perfect inning to earn the save during Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. He retired the side to earn his third save of the season. Toronto's primary closer Jordan Romano (illness), remains day-to-day with a non-COVID-19-related illness. Cimber will continue to handle closing duties while Romano is sidelined. This season, the 31-year-old has converted all three save opportunities with a 2.20 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings. Fantasy managers should add Cimber in all league formats while he's the closer in the short-term, especially managers who have Romano on their roster.

    May 17 · Source via Blue Jays Adam Cimber closers
  • Matt Chapman Smacks Sixth Homer Monday

    Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman enjoyed a solid game Monday against the Seattle Mariners, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. While it was his sixth homer of the season, strong games have been hard to come by for Chapman this year. In May, he's managed just five hits total in 44 at-bats. After a down 2021 season in which he recorded a .717 OPS in 609 plate appearances, fantasy managers have to be concerned that things won't get much better than Chapman's current .185/.266/.637 slash line, though he should continue to get into the lineup and provide some power on the back of his stellar defense at the hot corner.

    May 17 · Source via Blue Jays Matt Chapman
  • Yusei Kikuchi Tosses Gem Against Old Team

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi faced off against his old team, the Seattle Mariners, on Monday night and delivered a strong performance with no runs allowed in six innings. He gave up just one hit and three walks with six strikeouts to earn his second victory of the season. In three May starts, Kikuchi has been outstanding, recording a 1.56 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings. After a disappointing 2021 season, Kikuchi is a starter to keep an eye on for the back of fantasy rosters, though he hasn't earned enough trust to be a must-add just yet.

    May 17 · Source via Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Extends Hit Streak To 13 Games

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the team's 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday. He was also hit by a pitch in the game. Vladito has now recorded at least one hit in each of his last 13 games. However, he only has three extra-base hits over the 13-game stretch: a home run and two doubles. The 23-year-old launched six home runs and slugged .545 in April, but he's slugging just .373 in May. Expect to see the home runs continue flying off of Guerrero's bat once again soon. The slugger is still making elite power contact on the year, ranking in the 97th percentile in average exit velocity (93.4 mph) and in the 98th percentile in hard-hit rate (55.3%).

    May 17 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Nate Pearson To Throw Bullpen Session Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Nate Pearson (illness) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has been on a slow buildup track this year. He came down with mononucleosis in April and hasn't progressed beyond throwing bullpen sessions as of yet. There is no timeline for his return to action. The next step in the process for Pearson will be live batting practice. After that, he will need a rehab assignment. If he's able to make it back to the majors this year, it's likely we'll see him in a middle relief or long relief role.

    May 17 · Source via Blue Jays Nate Pearson
  • Jordan Romano Day-To-Day With Non-COVID Illness

    Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that closer Jordan Romano is day-to-day with a non-COVID-19 illness. Romano was unavailable to pitch in Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, but he was seen in the bullpen and is not contagious. All of those fantasy managers that were bracing for the worst with the elite closer can now take a breath, as the 29-year-old right-hander could be available to close out games again as soon as Tuesday. Romano currently leads the league with 12 saves and has allowed only five earned runs on 13 hits while walking five and striking out 17 in 14 2/3 innings pitched as Toronto's ninth-inning guy. With Romano unavailable on Monday, Adam Cimber recorded his second save of the year in the 6-2 win over Seattle.

    May 16 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Jordan Romano Day-To-Day With Undisclosed Injury

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano was unavailable for Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, Sportsnet reports. He's experiencing some sort of ailment which has yet to be specified. Romano will be evaluated further and is considered day-to-day at this point. The Canadian has been one of the top fantasy relievers so far in 2022, posting a 3.07 ERA, 27.9 K%, and 1.23 WHIP with 12 saves in 14 chances. With Romano out, expect right-hander Adam Cimber, the only other pitcher with a save this season, to act as the interim closer. Once Romano's back, he should be right back in that role.

    May 16 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Cavan Biggio Reinstated And Sent To Triple-A

    The Toronto Blue Jays reinstated infielder Cavan Biggio from the COVID-19 injured list on Monday. He has been optioned to Triple-A. The 27-year-old spent the first few weeks of the season in the majors before landing on the COVID-19 injured list. He struggled significantly during his time with the team, slashing .043/.214/.043 across 13 games. Biggio has failed to find consistency at the plate over the last three seasons and if he continues to struggle at Triple-A, there's a chance we won't see him in the majors again in 2022.

    May 16 · Source via Blue Jays Cavan Biggio
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Out Of The Lineup On Monday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is absent from the starting lineup for Monday's game against right-hander Chris Flexen and the Seattle Mariners. Raimel Tapia will be covering Gurriel's usual left field post in the game. Gurriel is off to a slow start to the year and he's been especially cold at the plate in May. Over 13 games this month, he's slashing just .130/.184/.174 with two extra-base hits (both doubles). Gurriel has a bit of a history of starting the year off slow and finishing strong. Last year, he posted a 1.084 OPS in September while slugging seven home runs across the month. Fantasy managers should remain patient with the 28-year-old, who will be back in action on Tuesday.

    May 16 · Source via Blue Jays Lourdes Gurriel
  • Pirates Claim Tyler Heineman, Designate Andrew Knapp

    The Pirates have claimed catcher Tyler Heineman off waivers from the Blue Jays, per announcements from both teams. Pittsburgh designated fellow catcher Andrew Knapp for assignment in order to create space on the roster. Heineman, 30, wasn’t formally designated for assignment on the Blue Jays, nor was it announced that he’d been placed on waivers.…

    May 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Pirates Tyler Heineman Andrew Knapp
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Continues Slide

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has struggled to get things going in the month of May, slashing .130/.184/.174 with no home runs, one run scored, two RBI, and one steal. He now has a .618 OPS with two homers and two steals in 126 at-bats this season. This level of performance makes it very hard to justify keeping Gurriel around, but with a .265 BABIP, things should level out to a certain extent, especially in a potent Toronto lineup though maybe not enough to warrant a role in categories leagues where his lack of upside in the power or speed departments is more of a hit to his value.

    May 16 · Source via Blue Jays Lourdes Gurriel
  • George Springer Back In Action For Sunday's Game

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (ankle) is set to return to action for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He will be in his usual leadoff spot for the game and he will be playing designated hitter with Raimel Tapia in center field. Springer suffered a mild ankle sprain during Friday's game. He wound up exiting the game and he was held out of action on Saturday. Springer is off to a great start to the 2022 season, slashing .278/.338/.522 with seven home runs, 18 RBI and 21 runs over 32 games.

    May 15 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Blue Jays Activate Hyun Jin Ryu, Danny Jansen

    The Blue Jays announced a series of roster moves today, with lefty Hyun Jin Ryu and catcher Danny Jansen being activated from the injured list. In corresponding moves, catcher Tyler Heineman and righty Trent Thornton have been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Ryu was only able to make two starts this year before elbow inflammation landed him…

    May 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Tyler Heineman Danny Jansen Hyun-Jin Ryu Ross Stripling closers
  • George Springer Dealing With A "Mild Ankle Sprain"

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer's ankle sprain that forced him to exit Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays is considered mild. According to Blue Jays manager Charles Montoya, the preliminary assessment is a "mild" ankle sprain for Springer. The 32-year-old won't be sent for any imaging and is considered day-to-day. He went 0-for-2 before leaving. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation, but Springer has avoided a significant injury. Raimel Tapia would see an uptick in playing time while Springer is sidelined.

    May 14 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • George Springer Sprains Ankle Friday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer left Friday's game with a sprained ankle. Springer injured his ankle after falling awkwardly into the outfield wall at Tropicana Field after misplaying a triple off the bat of Brandon Lowe. He initially stayed in the game but left after a groundout in the third inning, ultimately going 0-for-2 before being replaced in center field by Raimel Tapia. There's no word yet on the severity of the injury but look for Toronto to update his status after the game on Friday night.

    May 13 · Source via Blue Jays George Springer
  • Jose Berrios Enduring Rough May

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios had a mediocre month of April, and things have only gotten worse in May. After putting up a 4.13 ERA in 24 April innings with two quality starts in five tries, Berrios has allowed 11 runs in 10 innings in May with only four strikeouts. All told, that adds up to a 5.82 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 24 strikeouts in 34 innings. There isn't much reason for optimism in the underlying numbers, as he's in no higher that the fourth percentile in all of xwOBA, xERA, xBA, and xSLG. Fantasy managers face a tough decision on whether to hold or seek to recoup some value in the trade market on name recognition alone.

    May 13 · Source via Blue Jays Jose Berrios
  • Hyun Jin Ryu To Return And Start Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu (forearm) will come off the injured list on Saturday and start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kevin Gausman will go on Friday, while Alek Manoah will be the starter on Sunday. Ryu has been out since dealing with left forearm inflammation after his second start of the season on April 16. In his lone minor league rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo, Ryu allowed two earned runs on five hits while walking none and striking out six in four innings pitched. The 35-year-old southpaw wasn't sharp in his two starts two starts for Toronto before his injury, as he allowed 11 earned runs in just 7 1/3 frames. With a potential short leash in his first start back, fantasy managers should have reservations about starting him against Tampa on Saturday.

    May 13 · Source via Blue Jays Hyun-Jin Ryu
  • Bo Bichette Reaches Base Twice In Tuesday's Loss

    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in the team's 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday. He has now reached base at least once in eight of nine games in May and he's slashing .306/.359/.500 across the first third of the month. Bichette is slugging just .354 on the year, which is well below his career slugging percentage of .488. However, he has an xSLG of .465, which is only slightly lower than his career .489 xSLG. Additionally, he is currently maintaining a career-high 50.5% hard-hit rate, up from 47.5% last year. While Bichette's .238 batting average and three home runs over 31 games aren't the metrics fantasy managers were hoping to see right now, we expect better days ahead for the 24-year-old.

    May 11 · Source via Blue Jays Bo Bichette
  • Yusei Kikuchi Pitches Well In No-Decision Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi turned in his second consecutive strong start against the Yankees in Tuesday's 6-5 loss. Kikuchi pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. The 30-year-old has held fantasy intrigue throughout his career but has yet to put it all together. His last two starts have been strong, but he holds a mediocre 4.15 ERA through six starts this season. His next start will come at home against his former Mariners. Kikuchi is worth keeping an eye on, but fantasy managers should wait to see more positive performances from him before fully buying in.

    May 11 · Source via Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi
  • Jordan Romano Blows Second Save Of Season Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano blew the save and took the loss in Tuesday's 6-5 game against the Yankees. Romano came in to pitch the ninth inning up by two. He struck the first hitter out, but then allowed back-to-back walks and gave up a three-run home run to Aaron Judge to end the game. Despite this, Romano has been a high-end fantasy closer overall this season, converting 12 of 14 save opportunities with a 3.29 ERA, 16 strikeouts, and five walks through 13 2/3 innings of work. Even the best of closers have an occasional poor outing, and fantasy managers should continue to have high confidence in him going forward.

    May 11 · Source via Blue Jays Jordan Romano closers
  • Blue Jays Sign Brady Lail To Minor League Contract

    The Blue Jays signed Brady Lail to a minor league deal, according to an announcement from the High Point Rockers of the independent Atlantic League. The right-hander is expected to report to Double-A New Hampshire. Lail, a former Yankees draftee, pitched in the big leagues every year between 2019-21. He debuted with New York with a…

    May 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Brady Lail
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tallies Four Hits In Series Vs. Guardians

    Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-for-4 in the team's 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday. Guerrero and the Jays wound up dropping three of four games in the series. The 23-year-old had a strong game in the series debut on Thursday, going 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk and two runs scored. He was also hit by a pitch in the game. In the following three games, however, he went a combined 3-for-12 with no RBI and no runs scored. Vladito is slashing .286/.358/.524 with seven home runs, 19 RBI and 14 runs over 29 games on the year. Guerrero and the Jays are off on Monday, then begin a two-game set in the Bronx against the Yankees on Tuesday.

    May 9 · Source via Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • Teoscar Hernandez Reinstated From Injured List Saturday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez (oblique) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday for the team's doubleheader against the Guardians. He had been dealing with a left oblique strain for the past three weeks. Hernandez played in one of the games Saturday, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but went 1-for-4 with a single, two RBI, and two strikeouts in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Guardians. The 29-year-old was a solid fantasy contributor in power and speed in 2021, slashing .296/.346/.524 with 32 home runs, 116 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He should continue to be a higher-end fantasy option this season if he can stay healthy.

    May 8 · Source via Blue Jays Teoscar Hernandez
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