News: Colabello went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game of the season in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
Impact: A lifetime .217 hitter in the majors, Colabello has limited fantasy value, but a multi-hit game in his first appearance of the year is certainly an encouraging sign for the Blue Jays. They've been hit with a rash of injuries in the outfield, which means Colabello may be playing with some regularity thanks to injuries to Danny Valencia and Jose Bautista.
News: Martin went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and a run scored in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Martin continued his torrid stretch, with a four game hit streak that has boosted his average all the way up to .263. After watching his power numbers regress a bit after leaving the Yankees, clubbing 26 home runs in two seasons with the Pirates, he already has six in 25 games with the Blue Jays. While he won't be able to maintain his .575 slugging percentage all season, he's firmly entrenched as one of the best hitting catchers in the league.
News: Estrada gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out three over 4.2 innings Tuesday against the Yankees.
Impact: This really does not come as a huge surprise, as Estrada has been quite poor as a starting pitcher in recent seasons, and was only becoming useful again thanks to a new bullpen role with Toronto. For a multitude of reasons, Estrada is more effective as a reliever, but the Blue Jays' current situation may mean he will get an extended look in the rotation. The one bright spot for Estrada was that he didn't walk anyone Tuesday. Naturally he gave up a home run to Mark Teixeira, a past time he will revert to again and again if he is left in the rotation.
News: Saunders (knee) is expected to be held out until Friday after getting a cortisone shot and having fluid drained from his left knee Monday, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: He figures to be held out again Wednesday and the Blue Jays are off Thursday, so some combo of Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera or Chris Colabello will get the start in the outfield Wednesday. Look for Saunders to be back in the mix this weekend.
News: Valencia sprained his ankle while tripping on the dugout steps Monday, Sportsnet's Mike Wilner reports.
Impact: Valencia is likely just day-to-day, given that Toronto made the odd decision to exchange infielder Jonathan Diaz for first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello, leaving the team without any infield depth. Valencia might be able to play in an emergency, as Toronto's other options would involve using Russell Martin or an outfielder in the infield.
News: Tolleson cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Mike Wilner reports.
Impact: The 31-year-old Tolleson is little more than organizational infield depth, and the Blue Jays are currently electing to keep just two true middle infielders on the roster. Even if the team decides to add a third, Jonathan Diaz -- who was also optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday -- is probably above Tolleson in the pecking order.
News: Saunders (knee) is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Chris Colabello will surprisingly get a start in left field, as Saunders is out of the lineup for a second straight game. Saunders had fluid drained from his knee Monday, but there's been nothing to indicate that he'll miss an extended period of time. He was said to be available off the bench Monday night, and while he ultimately never made an appearance, he may again be available Tuesday.
News: Bautista is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Impact: Bautista has recently served as Toronto's designated hitter while dealing with shoulder soreness, after he missed five straight games from Apr. 22-26. He's been reasonably productive since rejoining the lineup, but it's still a bit concerning for owners to see that the slugger is getting a day off. While Bautista indicated over the weekend that he's still not close to being able to play the field, his absence from Tuesday's lineup is not necessarily indicative of a setback.
News: Aquino was designated for assignment Tuesday, Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-SMith reports.
Impact: The Blue Jays needed room for Chris Colabello on the 40-man roster, but they aren't willing to risk losing Jonathan Diaz, who was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. The 22-year-old Aquino was deemed expendable, as his 2.81 ERA for High-A Dunedin this season is backed by a middling K/9 (5.6) that's fairly consistent with his previous results. While the statistical track record is underwhelming, there may be a team willing to use a 40-man spot on the young lefty.
News: Martin had a pinch-hit RBI single in Monday's 3-1 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Despite getting the day off, Martin still came through against his former team, knocking in the game winning run -- and an insurance run on a throwing error. After a slow start, he's up to a .237/.372/.500 slash line.
News: Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Monday's 3-1 win over the Yankees.
Impact: Donaldson has been moved all over the batting order and produced no matter where he's been placed. He's now sporting a .314/.387/.552 slash line and is a top option at third base, providing a strong balance of power and average.
News: Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-SMith reports.
Impact: The Jays are opting for an extra bat over infield depth, calling up first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello to replace Diaz on the 25-man roster. The move is somewhat unusual, as Toronto now has just two true middle infielders (Devon Travis and Ryan Goins) on the roster. It wouldn't be surprising to see Diaz rejoin the big-league club soon, but the Jays are apparently comfortable using Danny Valencia at second base in an emergency.
News: Colabello will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Colabello isn't on the 40-man roster, so the Jays will need to designate a player for assignment. While off to a fantastic start for Triple-A Buffalo this season, Colabello slashed just .229/.282/.380 over 220 plate appearances for the Twins last year, with a strikeout rate of 30 percent. He can hit for power and draw some walks, but the 31-year-old is also a poor defender who struggles to make contact. With Jose Bautista still limited to DHing until at least next week, Colabello may find it difficult to crack the starting lineup.
News: The Blue Jays have selected the contract Colabello from Buffalo and have optioned infielder Jonathan Diaz to the Triple-A team.
Impact: Toronto needed another outfielder after Danny Valencia sprained an ankle when he stepped awkwardly while climbing the stairs to the clubhouse following Monday's win over the Yankees. Colabello started in left field against New York on Tuesday, batting seventh. He was batting .337 with five home runs and 18 RBIs at Buffalo. A first baseman and outfielder, he played for Minnesota in 2013 and 2014.