Fri. Aug 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a left hamstring strain.
Impact: Johnson is batting .235 in 13 games since being promoted on July 11.
News: Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday with a left hamstring strain.
Impact: The 34-year-old's stint with the big club was likely coming to an end soon anyway, with Adam Lind (foot) seemingly close to a return. Johnson may end up being optioned upon activation, unless his recovery from the hamstring strain pushes into September.
News: Reimold hit a pair of solo homers in Thursday's 6-5 win at Houston.
Impact: Reimold's second home run of the game broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth inning. He's shown flashes of power in the past, but he just doesn't play enough to be a major factor.
News: Janssen pitched a scoreless ninth inning at Houston on Thursday to pick up his 18th save of the season.
Impact: Janssen allowed a two-out walk, but got Chris Carter to pop up to end the game. After hitting a rough patch in the second half of July, he's been untouched in two of his last three appearances.
News: Hutchison had a mediocre start at Houston on Thursday, surrendering four runs and six hits in just three innings. He struck out a pair of batters, and did not factor in the decision.
Impact: Hutchison didn't even begin the fourth inning, getting pulled after tossing 61 pitches. He's really struggled in three of his last four starts, and his ERA has risen to 4.62, the worst it's been since April 6. He'll face Baltimore at home in his next start, so proceed with caution.
News: Rasmus was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to an internal team decision, which was likely caused by the outfielder's late arrival to the ballpark, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: The theory is backed up by MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm, who notes that Rasmus has previously had issues with getting to the park on time. While the presumed lack of an injury is good news for fantasy owners, it isn't a good sign that Rasmus is drawing the ire of the Toronto organization while in the midst of a terrible season. Both Rasmus and Anthony Gose have been regulars in the lineup recently, but Gose may emerge as a threat to Rasmus' playing time once the Jays start to get healthy. That said, Gose offers very little in the batter's box, and Rasmus was productive last season.
News: Rasmus has been scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Astros, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: With Rasmus a last-second scratch, Nolan Reimold will serve as designated hitter while Anthony Gose covers center field and Jose Bautista handles right. No injury has been reported, but the timing hints that Rasmus probably isn't healthy.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Buehrle earned his first win in almost two months and led the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory, a 6-1 win over the slumping Boston Red Sox.
Impact: Buehrle (11-7, 3.11 ERA) allowed one run on six hits and a walk in 6 2-3 innings to snap a six-game losing streak that matched the longest of his career. He had not won in nine starts since earning his ninth consecutive victory on June 1.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory, a 6-1 win over the slumping Boston Red Sox.
Impact: Navarro, now batting .272, is 16 for 46 (.348) with a .931 OPS and eight RBIs in his 11 games since the All-Star break.
News: Kawasaki is out of the lineup Thursday against the Astros, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Kawasaki has started four straight games, but will take a seat Thursday to allow Danny Valencia to make his first start at third base as a Blue Jay.
News: Jenkins was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner reports.
Impact: The right-hander will return for his fifth stint with the major league club this season, after posting a 3.72 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 15 appearances earlier in the year. Jenkins will once again provide depth in the middle innings for the Blue Jays. A corresponding roster move was not immediately announced.
News: Cabrera went 2-for-4 and scored twice against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Impact: Cabrera has now hit safely in six consecutive games, his second streak of at least six games this month. The 29-year-old is having a banner July, slashing .360/.423/.550 with three home runs, 17 RBI and 17 runs.
News: Navarro knocked in three runs Wednesday while going 3-for-4 in a win over the Red Sox.
Impact: Navarro drove in a run on each of his first, fifth and sixth inning singles. The 30-year-old catcher is 22-for-64 (.343) with 11 RBI since July 8 and slashing .291/.322/.430 overall during the month.
News: Buehrle picked up his 11th victory of the season Wednesday against the Red Sox, throwing 6.2 innings of one-run ball with six hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
Impact: Buehrle had been on a nine-start winless streak, dating back to June 1. The lefty put a rose on a pretty ugly July where he went 1-2 with a 5.74 ERA, 1.84 and 15:7 K:BB in 26.2 innings over five starts. Buehrle will take the mound Tuesday against the Orioles.
Kevin Pillar - #11 - Center Field - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Pillar's .318 average through 314 at-bats at Triple-A Buffalo this season ranks third overall in the International League. He also has six home runs, 43 RBI and 19 steals for the Bisons.
Impact: In addition, the outfielder has 26 multi-hit games, while his 30 doubles tie him for first in the league. Pillar hasn't performed nearly as well in limited at-bats (40) with Toronto this year -- recording a .225 average with three extra-base hits, two RBI, no steals and 11 strikeouts -- but he'll likely be top of mind in terms of a callup option for the Jays if he continues to rake in Buffalo.
News: Stroman won a third straight start Tuesday, limiting Boston to a run and six hits over seven innings in a 4-2 road victory.
Impact: The rookie is 4-0 in his last seven starts with a 1.75 ERA. He should be owned in all leagues.
News: Bautista was 1 for 3 and walked twice in Tuesday's 4-2 win at Boston.
Impact: Bautista is 12 for 29 over his last eight games with seven RBIs and seven walks, touting a .553 on-base percentage in that span.
News: Rasmus hit his 14th homer of the year and drove in a run for the third straight game in Tuesday's 4-2 win at Boston.
Impact: Rasmus' .223 batting average isn't going to impress anyone, though he is 11 for 39 (.282) over his last 11 games with six RBIs.
News: Lind (foot) will likely need to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Jays, SporstNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: There had been thoughts that Lind could return this week to the Jays, but if he does indeed need a rehab assignment, next week would be the best-case scenario for a return.
News: Encarnacion (quadriceps) will likely need to go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Jays, SporstNet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Gibbons said the team had been overly optimistic about Encarnacion's return date, and after a minor setback over the weekend, a return next week would be a positive development. The skipper announced that Encarnacion would not return from the 15-day DL before the end of the Jays' current road trip, which concludes Sunday, so hopefully he can go out on a rehab assignment in the coming days to make a return next week a reality. Juan Francisco and Dan Johnson should see most of the starts at first base in the short term.
News: Lawrie (finger) could be ready to begin a rehab assignment this weekend, the National Post's John Lott reports.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons said Lawrie is feeling better and took on-field batting practice and threw across the diamond Wednesday. Assuming he goes on a rehab assignment in the next few days, he could return to the Jays by mid-August.
Anthony Gose - #8 - Center Field - 6'1" - 190lbs
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gose went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox.
Impact: Despite quietly receiving 147 at-bats as a part-time outfielder this season, this was Gose's first multi-RBI game of the year. Other than his 10 steals, Gose's unspectacular offensive numbers (16 runs, no homers, eight RBI, .245 average) limit his fantasy value in virtually all leagues.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stroman beat Boston again Tuesday, tossing seven innings of six-hit, one-run ball while walking two and fanning eight at Fenway Park.
Impact: Is this guy hot or what? Stroman has picked up the win in each of his last three starts, lasting seven innings while recording a fabulous BB:K ratio of 4:20 and allowing just a single earned run. This little hot streak by the rookie is just what the doctor ordered for the inconsistent Jays, who are on a nice 8-2 run since he beat the Rangers on July 19. If the window hasn't closed on the opportunity to grab him off your wire, you may want to consider pulling the trigger before his next start Sunday at Houston.
News: Dickey pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and the Blue Jays won 14-1 on Monday night.
Impact: Dickey improved to 3-0 against Boston and faces the Astros next.
News: Kawasaki hooked up his fantasy owners Monday.
Impact: Kawasaki was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. He's hitting .314 in his last 20 games.
News: Goins had a torrid effort Monday night.
Impact: Goins had four hits and four RBIs for Toronto and is now batting .212.
News: Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs Monday night.
Impact: Cabrera is crushing Boston with a .409 average.
News: Goins had a day to remember at the dish Monday, going 4-for-5 with four RBI.
Impact: The middle infielder has hit much better in his second stint with the big league club, batting .360 in the seven games since his recall. Goins was hitting .285 with 27 RBI in 79 games with Triple-A Buffalo this season.
News: Cabrera led the offensive onslaught for the Blue Jays on Monday, going 2-for-4 with five RBI and two home runs.
Impact: Cabrera has been red hot since the All-Star break, hitting .432 in 44 at-bats. Monday's strong performance gives Cabrera 14 home runs and 58 RBI on the yearalready eclipsing his home run total from a season ago.
News: Dickey twirled a gem Monday night, spinning seven innings of one-run ball while striking out 10 in a win against the Red Sox.
Impact: Dickey was due for a good start after allowing nine runs over his past two games. The 10 strikeouts for the knuckleballer Monday was a new season high. He'll try to carry the momentum into his next start when he takes on the Astros this weekend.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for Valencia. The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night.
Impact: The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for Minnesota, Boston and Baltimore.
News: Lind (foot) has a shot to return during the Blue Jays' upcoming series in Houston which starts Thursday, but he may not be back until next week, the team's official website reports.
Impact: A previous report indicated that the Jays are disappointed with the progress of both Lind and Edwin Encarnacion (quad), but Lind is apparently doing a bit better than his teammate. While the 31-year-old DH is still no lock to return this week, he apparently has a chance to do so, unlike Encarnacion. Speaking Monday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Lind is, "able to do a bit of everything," but also acknowledged that the veteran DH is still somewhat limited.
News: Morrow (finger) will likely be used as a reliever when he rejoins the Jays this season, the team's official website reports. "If I was to say right now, today, when [Morrow] comes back he'll probably be a reliever," Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But by then, you never know what we're looking at anyways. We may need a starter, we don't know as a team where we're going to be at that point."
Impact: Morrow isn't expected back until September, and he may not have time to stretch out as a starter. While the Jays could quite clearly use some help in the rotation, Morrow is more likely to make an impact pitching out of the bullpen.
News: Valencia will join the Blue Jays in Boston before Tuesday's game, Sportsnet's Mike Wilner reports.
Impact: Acquired in a Monday evening trade, Valencia figures to see regular playing time against left-handed pitching, and may also draw some starts against righties. He'll very likely be in Wednesday's lineup against Boston's Jon Lester, but won't necessarily get the start Tuesday versus right-handed Rubby De La Rosa. Once the Jays start to get healthy -- which will likely happen by mid-August -- Valencia figures to see his playing time decrease.
News: Valencia has been traded to the Blue Jays for Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz, Josh Vernier of 610 AM in Kansas City reports.
Impact: Buried in a platoon with Mike Moustakas, Valencia may have a slightly clearer path to playing time in an injured Toronto infield. At the very least, he'll be an asset against left-handed starting pitchers, but he'll play half of his games in a more hitter-friendly environment either way.
News: Lawrie (finger) was able to hit off a tee Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Lawrie should be in line to take batting practice at some point in the next couple of days, but probably remains at least a week away from returning from the disabled list. The 24-year-old has missed over a month while recovering from the fractured index finger, likely putting him on track for a rehab assignment after he takes batting practice without incident for a few days.
News: Lind (foot) isn't expected to return before the Blue Jays' road trip concludes Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons had previously planned on having both Lind and Edwin Encarnacion (quad) back shortly after the trade deadline, but that doesn't appear in the cards anymore with both players slower to recover than anticipated. Encarnacion is currently in shutdown mode after suffering a setback over the weekend, but Lind was at least able to take light batting practice and take part in some defensive drills Monday.
News: Manager John Gibbons said he does not expect Encarnacion (quadriceps) to return from the 15-day DL before the end of the Blue Jays' road trip, which concludes Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: After suffering a minor setback in his recovery from the quad injury over the weekend, Encarnacion will remain in rest mode for the next couple of days. Furthermore, Gibbons also announced Adam Lind isn't expected to return before the end of the weekend either, leaving the Blue Jays to count on the likes of Juan Francisco and Dan Johnson to man first base for the next several games.
News: Morrow (finger) has headed to the Jays' extended spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla. to continue his throwing program, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: With the Blue Jays embarking on a road trip, Morrow will remain under the watchful eye of team trainers while he continues to recover from a torn tendon sheath in his finger. Manager John Gibbons said the team doesn't anticipate Morrow returning until September as a result of the lengthy layoff of game action. In addition, with the Blue Jays in the thick of the AL East race, the team may force Morrow to assume a bullpen role, rather than relying on him to chew up meaningful innings as a member of the rotation.
News: Navarro isn't in the lineup Monday at Boston, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Navarro started every contest since his previous absence last Monday, crushing the ball to the tune of a .360 average (9-for-25), one homer, three RBI, and four runs scored. In his place, Josh Thole will man the backstop and bat seventh in the order.
News: Hutchison earned his seventh win Saturday.
Impact: Hutchison stopped a three-start skid to win for the first time since July 1. He gave up two runs, five hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts. He faces Houston next.
News: Navarro had three hits Saturday.
Impact: Navarro is a journeyman Yankees player who no doubt wants to show New York what it is missing.
News: Johnson drove in four runs with the seventh-inning single and a three-run homer in the ninth, lifting the Blue Jays over New York 6-4 on Saturday for their first win at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 29, 2012.
Impact: Johnson entered the contest with three RBIs.
News: Happ did not factor in the decision in Sunday's start against the Yankees. He allowed three earned runs over 5.1 innings, including back-to-back home runs in the fifth. Happ did manage to strike out three, but walked two in the outing as well.
Impact: Happ's ERA now sits at 4.58, but he does own an 8-5 record on the year as he has the fortune of playing on a contending team that usually provides him with plenty of run support. He generally won't light up the strikeout column with his 7.23 K/9 rate, but he does manage to keep the Blue Jays in games and could be a cheap source of wins off the waiver wire.
News: Goins is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: Goins has made five straight starts since his Tuesday promotion, going 5-for-19 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored. He'll receive a day off Sunday afternoon, with Munenori Kawasaki taking over at the keystone.
News: Reimold (calf) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Despite the activation, Reimold isn't expected to be placed in the starting lineup just yet. According to Sportsnet's Barry Davis, Reimold won't be ready to play the outfield for a few days, but will be available to pinch hit and will serve as the DH against left-handed pitching. The 30-year-old was 4-for-12 at the dish over four appearances with the Jays before landing on the DL.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Buehrle lost his sixth straight decision in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees, surrendering a season worst-matching six earned runs in just three innings.
Impact: Buehrle's season has really taken a turn for the worse. He's 0-5 with a 5.36 ERA over his last eight starts.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Bautista enjoyed his second multihomer game of the season Friday, hitting his 19th and 20th dingers in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Bautista, who also recorded his 19th double, is 8 for 15 over his last four games with five extra-base hits.
News: Johnson went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Johnson drove in a run on an infield single in the seventh inning and followed it up with a three-run blast in the ninth to put the game out of reach for the Yankees. Since his July 11 recall, Johnson is hitting .250 with six walks and seven strikeouts, but he could end up heading right back down when Adam Lind (foot) is cleared to return.
News: Hutchison gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven over 6.2 innings, in a win over the Yankees on Saturday.
Impact: The right-hander had given up six earned runs in back-to-back starts coming into Saturday's outing, but was able to get back in the win column against New York. Hutchison's ERA has steadily risen in each month this season, and although Saturday's performance represents a step forward, he still makes for a little more than streaming option outside of deeper AL-only leagues.
News: Encarnacion (quadriceps) suffered a "minor" setback Friday and will be shut down for a few days, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.
Impact: There had been some talk that Encarnacion could return from the disabled list next week, but that may no longer be the case. There's officially no timetable for his return, but this latest setback almost certainly rules out a return in July. Dan Johnson and Juan Francisco will continue to benefit from Encarnacion's absence, but neither player is much of a fantasy option.
News: Kawasaki is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: With a left-hander in Chris Capuano toeing the rubber for New York, Kawasaki will sit as Steve Tolleson steps in to man the keystone. Kawasaki has started the last eight games for Toronto, and he should continue to see regular time while Brett Lawrie (finger) remains out, but he doesn't have a home run or a stolen base in 34 games with the big club this season.
News: Francisco is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as lefty Chris Capuano is on the hill for the Yankees and Francisco is just 4-for-33 (.121 average) against southpaws this season. The 27-year-old has posted a .912 OPS against right-handers with 14 homers in 186 at-bats, so he'll continue to be in the lineup more often than not.
News: Reimold (calf) could be ready to return to the Jays on Monday in Boston, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Of the team's currently stock of injured players, Reimold is the closest to returning. There's no official word yet regarding a plan to give him action in rehab games over the weekend.
News: Bautista provided the offense Friday night, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in a losing cause against the Yankees.
Impact: His three-run shot in the first inning gave the Blue Jays the lead, but it was short-lived as the Yankees put six runs on the board through three innings to send Toronto to its 17th straight loss in Yankee Stadium. The injury-riddled Jays have struggled and with Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and Brett Lawrie in the lineup, opposing pitchers have had little reason to pitch to Bautista. They are close to getting healthy and that should help his output considerably.
News: Buehrle allowed six runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out two over just three innings of a 6-4 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: Buehrle (10-7, 3.19 ERA) hasn't won since June 1, a span of nine starts. After a magical April and May, he has come back to Earth, and while his overall numbers remain solid, his recent performance has been more in line with what might have been expected. He'll get the Red Sox in Fenway Park next time out.
News: Stroman's no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh in Thursday's 8-0 rout of the World Series champions.
Impact: Stroman only allowed two other baserunners on walks and matched a season-high by striking out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.
News: Goins had two hits Thursday.
Impact: Goins went 4 for 12 in the series and could be better than his .181 average indicates.
News: Francisco lit up the fantasy world Thursday.
Impact: Francisco was 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs. It was quite an effort for the .242 hitter.
News: Cabrera rocked the fantasy world with three doubles Thursday.
Impact: Cabrera is 12 for 23 in his last six games.
News: The Blue Jays outrighted Mills to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
Impact: Mills cleared waivers and decided to stick with the Blue Jays rather than seek an opportunity with another team. He was knocked around in his only appearance with the Blue Jays this season, but could be an option for the big club again at some point this summer.
News: Cabrera hit three doubles, drove in two runs and scored one of his own Thursday against the Red Sox.
Impact: That's four three-hit games in his last six for Melky, and just when his average had been dipping under the .300 mark. Some guys just seem to have a feel for these things.
News: Francisco finished a double short of the cycle Thursday against Boston, going 3-for-4 with a single, a triple, his 15th homer, four RBI and two runs.
Impact: A nice bust-out for Francisco, who hadn't homered since July 7. At this point, every homer he hits adds to his career high -- now if only he could find a way to lift his batting average out of that .230-.240 range.
News: Dickey moved to 8-10 on Wednesday.
Impact: Dickey allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, walked one and struck out five and will face the BoSox again next week.
Josh Thole - #22 - Catcher - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Thole was 2 for 2 with two walks Wednesday.
Impact: Thole has a non-descript .682 OPS.
News: Bautista homered and doubled Wednesday.
Impact: Bautista raised his slugging percentage to .503.
News: Stroman (6-2) pitched seven sparkling innings Thursday against Boston, striking out seven while allowing no runs on one hit and two walks.
Impact: A dazzling start for Stroman, and one that foreshadows his potential in the big leagues. He's now tossed 14 consecutive scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and two walks in that time. He'll face the Red Sox again Tuesday, this time in Boston.
News: Dickey (8-10) allowed four runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out five over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.
Impact: Dickey wasn't sharp in this one, though he did rebound after an ugly first inning in which he allowed three runs on four hits. The three runs all came on one swing by David Ortiz, who launched the 19th homer Dickey has given up this season. After the shaky first, Dickey settled down for the most part, allowing just five hits and one run over his final five frames. He'll get another crack at the Red Sox when he takes them on in Fenway next week.
News: Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.
Impact: The solo shot his 18th of the season was just his first since July 2. Bautista has gone just 11-for-47 (.234) since Edwin Encarnacion hit the 15-day DL, but it's sounding like Encarnacion could return as early as next week, and that lineup protection should only help Bautista. On the year, the All-Star outfielder is batting .291/.407/.503 with 18 homers and 56 RBI.
News: Janssen recorded his 15th save of the season Wednesday, pitching a perfect ninth while striking out a batter.
Impact: Janssen needed a mere eight pitches - seven strikes - to retire the side in order. It was a much needed bounce-back outing for Janssen, who had surrendered three runs on six hits over his prior two appearances (1.1 innings). He's seen his strikeout rate all but evaporate this season (just 5.55 K/9, well down from 8.54 K/9 in 2013), but he's still been getting the job done, going 15-for-17 in save situations while sporting a 2.22 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across 24.1 innings.
News: Sanchez struck out two over two perfect innings in his major league debut Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Impact: Sanchez came into the game in the seventh inning with a 5-4 lead and proceeded to set down all six Red Sox hitters he faced. He froze Daniel Nava with a big curveball to record his first career strikeout, then did the same to Stephen Drew to end his evening. The Jays' top prospect has big-time stuff and strikeout ability, and could be a nice addition in leagues that count holds.
News: Rasmus is out of the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Even with the Blue Jays fielding a depleted lineup at present, manager John Gibbons won't hesitate to give the slumping Rasmus a day off. After coming out of the All-Star break with a pair of two-hit games, Rasmus has gone 2-for-13 at the dish with six strikeouts over his last four appearances.
News: The Blue Jays believe Encarnacion (quadriceps) could return from the disabled list next week, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Impact: The team has already tentatively scheduled a batting practice and fielding session for Encarnacion on Thursday to test out his quad, and depending on how he feels during those activities, an activation would begin to seem imminent. The Blue Jays could sorely use a power bat like Encarnacion back in their lineup, with the team forced to rely on replacement-level talents such as Dan Johnson, Steve Tolleson and Munenori Kawasaki to hold down everyday gigs at present.
News: Francisco is out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Sitting for the second time in four games, Francisco is yielding first base to Jose Bautista, while Munenori Kawasaki covers third base. After a hot start to his Blue Jays tenure, Francisco cooled down in June, and his attempts to bounce back in July have been sporadic, as evidenced by a .216/.286/.432 line with two homers in 37 at-bats.
News: Happ threw six shutout innings in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Boston, recording his eighth victory of the season.
Impact: Happ had been 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA over his last nine games, so perhaps Tuesday's outing was a step in the right direction for any owners hoping for a turnaround.
News: Reyes was 3 for 5 with his eighth home run of the year in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Boston.
Impact: The shortstop has hit .346 over his last 23 games while scoring 15 runs and driving in another 12.
News: Cabrera was 3 for 5 with his 23rd double and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 7-3 victory against the Red Sox.
Impact: Cabrera is hitting .354 over his last 29 games with 17 runs scored.
News: Navarro was 2 for 4 and homered in his second straight game in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Boston.
Impact: Navarro has recorded 17 of his 41 RBIs over his last 28 games.
News: Santos passed through waivers unclaimed and will report to Triple-A Buffalo, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Santos' recent showings seem to have dissuaded any clubs from taking a chance on the 31-year-old reliever. In his last four games, he gave up five runs on seven hits with four free passes versus one strikeout in 2.1 innings. With his fate secure, he'll go about ironing out the wrinkles in his approach, as Aaron Loup takes over as the Blue Jays' preferred setup man.
News: Johnson is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Red Sox.
Impact: Johnson has started the last six games but will get the day off Tuesday, as Juan Francisco will handle first base. Munenori Kawasaki will move to third base, while Ryan Goins will step in at second.
Darin Mastroianni - #33 - Right Field - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: Mastroianni was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, the Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Mastroianni was one of the casualties with the Jays bringing up three players Tuesday. He'll head back to Buffalo, where he's hit .293/.371/.411 with 18 RBI and four homers in 246 at-bats.
News: Happ (8-5) tossed six innings of shutout ball Tuesday, giving up seven hits and a walk while walking four in a win over the visiting Red Sox.
Impact: The victory gets the southpaw back in the win column for the first time since his June 26 gem (also a shutout) against the White Sox. Happ's ERA (4.55) and WHIP (1.53) aren't exactly top-flight numbers, but he remains firmly entrenched as the Jays' No. 4 starter and should crack double-digits in wins for the third time in his eight-year career soon enough.
News: Reyes went deep for the eighth time this season as part of a solid 3-for-5 effort against the Red Sox on Tuesday. He also stole his 19th base in the win.
Impact: The solo shot in the sixth off Jake Peavy extended the Jays lead to 2-0 and kicked off a four-run inning. If the Jays' shortstop can keep knocking them out of the park with some regularity in the second half of the season, he could very well flirt with his career-high 19 homers set as a Met in 2006. Hopefully, Reyes can improve his .276 batting average in the process, as he hasn't finished a season that low since he hit .273 in 2005.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: The Blue Jays selected top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez from Triple-A Buffalo in a flurry of roster moves Tuesday.
Impact: A first-round pick in the 2010 draft, Sanchez started the season at Double-A New Hampshire, where he was 3-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 14 starts. He went 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA in eight games at Buffalo, where his final two appearances came out of the bullpen in preparation for a relief role in the majors.
News: Mills was designated for assignment Tuesday, Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Mills has been with the Blue Jays since he was claimed off waivers from the A's in mid-July. He has only played in one game so far for the Jays, and it was a struggle, as he was pulled after the second inning when he let in eight runs. Mills has a 7.85 ERA in the four major league games he's played in this season, so this designation isn't too big of a surprise. Aaron Sanchez will be taking his spot on the roster.
News: Goins will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: After posting a .285/.331/.344 slash with 14 doubles and 27 RBI across 79 games for Triple-A Buffalo, Goins will make his way back to Toronto for the first time since being sent down on April 28. The defensively gifted infielder only managed a .420 OPS across 66 plate appearances for the Blue Jays during the season's first month, so there really is not much to see here in terms of fantasy value.
News: Sanchez will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to join the Blue Jays' bullpen before Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.
Impact: After making just two appearances since being shifted from the rotation to the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo, Sanchez will now head to Toronto for the first big league stint of his career. The 22-year-old righty holds tremendous potential and is viewed by many as a future frontline starter. However, Sanchez's debut in the majors is slated to come in a relief role. For those in AL-only and keeper leagues, MLB.com's No. 23 prospect is worth a shot if he is available in your league.
News: Santos was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Monday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Santos' previous experience as a closer, namely 30 saves with the White Sox in 2011, should garner interest on the open market. However, he has failed miserably in his last four outings, yielding five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out just one in 2.1 innings. The Blue Jays are hoping Santos clears waivers, which seems likely, so he'll be able to head to Triple-A Buffalo in order to get a chance to work on his pitches.
News: Valencia drove in the only Royals run Monday, singling home Alex Gordon in the fourth inning.
Impact: Valencia has hit well in part-time duty for Kansas City this season, and this month has been no exception. Valencia has eight hits and three RBI in 23 July at-bats.
News: Mills' first game of the season with the Blue Jays was one to forget, as he tossed two innings of eight-run ball out of the bullpen.
Impact: Having just been acquired after being designated for assignment by Oakland, Mills may not have many more chances to prove himself in the Toronto bullpen. He now owns an unsightly 7.85 ERA for the season.
News: Hutchison was a disaster Monday, allowing six runs in 2.2 innings in a loss against the Red Sox.
Impact: Hutchison allowed nine hits while recording just eight outs, and this makes two consecutive starts in which he's allowed six runs. He'll try to get back on track against the Yankees this weekend.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Santos was cut Monday by the Toronto Blue Jays, who owe the reliever more than $2 million.
Impact: Santos, 0-2 with a 7.78 ERA and five saves, was designated for assignment and placed on waivers. Unless he's claimed by another team, the Blue Jays are responsible for $1,290,984 still owed to Santos this season and a $750,000 option buyout for 2015.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs in Sunday's win over Texas.
Impact: Cabrera has hit safely in 11 of 12, batting .367 with five RBIs.
News: Lind (foot) is expected to take batting practice Tuesday, the National Post reports.
Impact: Dealing with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot, Lind remains on track to return in late July or early August. Prior to hitting the DL, Lind was hitting .320/.389/.489 with 27 RBI and 16 doubles.
News: Encarnacion (quad) is scheduled to take batting practice and field ground balls Thursday, the National Post reports.
Impact: Encarnacion appears to be progressing as anticipated since hitting the DL on July 7, and more information will likely be released following Tuesday's session. If all goes well, there's a good chance he could begin a rehab assignment over the weekend.
News: Francisco is back in the lineup Monday against the Red Sox.
Impact: After taking a seat while Steve Tolleson got the start Sunday, Francisco returns to face right-hander John Lackey. Francisco has struggled of late, hitting just .226 in July after a paltry month of June in which he slashed .169/.217/.369. He'll bat eighth and man his usual post at third base.
News: Navarro is not in the lineup Monday versus the Red Sox.
Impact: After starting Saturday and Sunday, Navarro will take a seat in favor of Erik Kratz, who has not started since July 9. On the season, Navarro is hitting .262 with 39 RBI and six home runs in 294 at-bats.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Stroman allowed four runs over seven scoreless innings to beat Texas 4-1 on Saturday.
Impact: Stroman has yielded two runs or fewer in all but one of his last six starts, a stretch during which he's posted a 2.50 ERA.
News: Buehrle struggled Sunday, surrendering five earned runs while striking out five and walking three in six innings of work.
Impact: Buehrle was given good run support from the Blue Jays' offense as they cashed in five runs while he was on the mound and nine runs total, but he didn't earn a decision. He still sports an excellent 2.86 ERA this season with 10 wins. It's mildly concerning, however, that he has not registered a victory since June 1 against the Royals, though some of those losses can be chalked up to bad luck.
News: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous suggested there's a chance Encarnacion could begin a rehab assignment by next weekend, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Blue Jays have passed along little information on Encarnacion's status since he landed on the disabled list July 7, but the fact that Anthopolous merely has optimism about the slugger beginning a rehab assignment suggests he hasn't hit any notable setbacks in his recovery. The Blue Jays will evaluate him over the course of the week before making any sort of pronouncement on a stint in the minors.
News: Janssen (illness) indicated he would be available out of the bullpen Sunday vs. the Rangers, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: A bout with food poisoning kept Janssen glued to the bench Saturday, but he was able to digest some grub later in the evening and seems to have regained some energy. Manager John Gibbons will call upon Janssen without any reservations should a save situation arise Sunday.
News: Lawrie is no longer using a splint on his broken finger, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Impact: Lawrie will take the next several days to attempt to regain strength in his hand before attempting any sort of baseball activity. He remains without a return timetable, but one could be forthcoming once he resumes swinging a bat, which should give the Blue Jays a better indication of where he's at on the health front.
News: Francisco is not in the lineup Sunday vs. the Rangers, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.
Impact: Francisco doesn't normally sit against right-handers, but his immense struggles in recent weeks might be starting to cost him playing time. Steve Tolleson gets the nod at third base.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Janssen was unavailable Saturday against the Rangers due to food poisoning, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons considers Janssen to be "sick like a dog," leaving the closer's availability in question for Sunday's series finale in St. Louis. With a save opportunity on the line Saturday, Aaron Loup entered in the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead and instantly yielded a free pass, but a double play ball and flyout quickly ended the frame. As long as Janssen is sidelined, expect Loup to gather up any save chances that may arise.
News: Jenkins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, the National Post's John Lott reports.
Impact: He was sent down to make room for Brad Mills, who was claimed on waivers from the A's. Jenkins had a 3.72 ERA out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays, and will continue to offer organizational depth in relief.
Steve Tolleson - #18 - Second Base - 5'11" - 185lbs
News: Tolleson is not in the lineup Friday.
Impact: While he's technically first on the depth chart at third base right now, he isn't good enough to warrant everyday at-bats. Juan Francisco will man the hot corner Friday with Dioner Navarro slotting in at DH.
News: Kawasaki (hamstring) is playing second base and batting ninth Friday.
Impact: He missed two games with the hamstring injury before the break, but he's healthy enough to play after a week off. However, he is all glove and no bat, and has very little fantasy value.
News: Rasmus was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing cause against Texas on Friday night.
Impact: He still provides some pop - the home run was his 13th and he now has 28 RBI - but he has struggled to a weak .217 average and it has cost him playing time as he now sits against most southpaws. He's going to need to display some consistency if he wants to reclaim full-time duty in centerfield.
News: Dickey took the loss Friday night, allowing five runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter, and struck out seven over seven innings of a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Rangers.
Impact: Dickey (7-10, 3.95 ERA) had been sharper in recent starts and didn't pitch all that badly in this one if it wasn't for his season-long nemesis, the long ball. Adrian Beltre tagged him for a solo shot in the fifth inning before J.P. Arencibia drilled a three-run shot in the seventh to put the game out of reach. He will try to get back on track in a home start against Boston next time out.
News: Encarnacion (quad) still has no timetable for a return, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Given the duration of his absence, a minor league rehab assignment may be necessary before Encarnacion is activated. According to Jays manager John Gibbons, Encarnacion is making good progress in his recovery thus far.
News: Lawrie (hand) still has no timetable for a return, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The initial estimates put Lawrie in the mix for a potential return this weekend, but that seems highly unlikely to materialize despite the fact that Lawrie is making good progress according to Jays manager John Gibbons.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Blue Jays claimed Mills off waivers from Oakland on Thursday, bringing him back to the team that drafted him in 2007.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons says Mills will serve as the long man out of the bullpen, allowing right-hander Todd Redmond to pitch later in games. Mills went 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three starts with the Athletics. He has a career record of 4-4 with a 6.98 ERA in 18 games with Toronto, the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Blue Jays have optioned Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a roster spot for lefty Brad Mills.
Impact: Jenkins had no record and a 3.72 ERA in 15 appearances with the Blue Jays this season before he was sent down Friday.
News: Morrow (finger) will head to Florida to resume his rehab program once the Jays go on the road, SportsNet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Impact: He threw off flat ground Friday, and says he'll only need surgery if he tears his sheath again. He is an option for relief or the rotation upon his return to Toronto, but fantasy owners have most likely been burned too many times by Morrow over the years to get excited about his eventual activation.
News: Mills will start out as the long man in the Blue Jays' bullpen, SportsNet's Mike Wilner reports.
Impact: J.A. Happ will hold his spot in the rotation for now, which really hurts any fantasy value AL-only owners might have seen in Mills. However, Happ may soon pitch himself out of the rotation on a team with playoff aspirations, which could open things up for Mills.
News: Sanchez has been moved to the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.
Impact: This move appears to be in anticipation of a major-league callup, with Harrington saying a promotion to the Blue Jays' bullpen "must be coming." While Sanchez has struggled in 20 starts between Double-A New Hampshire and Buffalo this season, with a 3.94 ERA and 82:57 K:BB, the Blue Jays seem intent on having him contribute to the big club in some capacity this season. It seems the team has ruled Sanchez out as rotation candidate this year, but he still has frontline starter potential.
News: The Blue Jays claimed Mills off waivers from the A's on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Impact: Bumped from the 40-man roster last week in favor of Jason Hammel, Mills will switch teams for the second time in just over a month after being claimed by Toronto. In 14 appearances (12 starts) with the Brewers' Triple-A Nashville affiliate to begin the year, Mills posted a 1.56 ERA and 0.92 WHIP, and he then went on to allow eight earned runs over 16.1 innings with the A's. Nothing's official just yet, but Mills may very well take J.A. Happ's spot at the back of the rotation.
Neil Wagner - #45 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 215lbs
News: Wagner (forearm) continues to make progress in his throwing program and will throw his first bullpen session Wednesday, Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. He has been on the DL since early June.
Impact: Wagner allowed nine earned runs in 10 innings of work for the Blue Jays this season, although his last outing is largely responsible for those inflated numbers. Wagner allowed six earned runs 1.1 innings of work against the Indians in May, his last appearance in the majors this season before being sent down to Triple-A Buffalo.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Reyes singled in the sixth inning Sunday.
Impact: Reyes has a nine-game hitting streak.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Dickey gave up two runs and five hits over six innings Sunday.
Impact: Dickey fell to 7-9 as he lost for the fifth time in six outings. Dickey worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third in one positive sign, however.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Hutchison tied a career high by allowing six runs in his 5 1-3 innings in Saturday's 10-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: Hutchison (6-8, 4.16 ERA) is 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA in his last five starts.
News: Buehrle was unspectacular again Friday.
Impact: Buehrle labored five innings in pursuit of his elusive 11th victory, departing with a 5-2 lead that the Blue Jays' bullpen couldn't hold. Buehrle is 0-5 over seven starts since last winning on June 1. Who knows when his next victory will be?
News: Johnson scored three runs in his Toronto debut Friday.
Impact: Johnson walked all four times. He is truly the kind of hitter that GMs who like walks would crave.
News: Bautista was solid in fantasy play Friday.
Impact: Bautista has two hits and two RBIs for the Jays. He won't face an ill David Price on Saturday so feel free to reap more fantasy rewards.
News: Reyes rocked the fantasy world Friday.
Impact: Reyes was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and he has nine hits in his last 15 at-bats for Canada's team.
News: Toronto activated Reimold from the disabled list before Sunday's game against the Yankees.
Impact: Reimold was out because of a strained left calf. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said before Sunday's game against the New York Yankees that Reimold will be used as a designated hitter or pinch hitter for several days before he sees action in the outfield.
News: Kawasaki was removed Friday because of tightness in his right hamstring in the seventh inning.
Impact: Kawasaki is day to day.