Toronto Blue Jays Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Tulowitzki will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.
Impact: Tulowitzki went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in his first game back from a hamstring injury suffered April 21. The Blue Jays plan to be careful with both Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson, who also returned from injury Friday night. Expect regular rest for both players in the near future.
News: Donaldson will not be in Saturday's lineup against Texas, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports Friday.
Impact: Donaldson missed 39 games with a calf injury before making his return Friday night, in which he went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The Blue Jays have expressed a desire to take care with their star third baseman, so expect semi-regular rest days for him in his first week or two back on the roster.
News: Morales went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Rangers.
Impact: Morales hit his ninth bomb of the campaign to extend the Blue Jays' lead to three runs in a game they'd hold on to win. Although fantasy owners are content with his power output, his .250/.300/.452 slash line has been a disappointment.
News: Smoak went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs Friday against the Rangers.
Impact: Smoak's 11th blast of the year extended the Blue Jays' lead in the third inning of a winning effort. At 30 years old, he appears to be on his way to a career year, as he's slashing .280/.347/.553. Fantasy owners need to decide whether to keep on riding him, or whether it's time to trade him away while his value is at an all-time high.
News: Osuna struck out the only batter he faced to earn his eighth save of the season Friday against the Rangers.
Impact: Although the Blue Jays had a four-run the lead to open the ninth-inning, after the bullpen allowed three runs to score Osuna was needed to record the final out to preserve the victory. After blowing three saves in April, he's now saved seven consecutive games while lowering his ERA from 7.50 to 3.06. He's likely earned back the trust of fantasy owners.
News: Bolsinger (0-2) allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and four walks while striking out two over 4.2 innings, but didn't factor into the decision Friday against the Rangers.
Impact: Bolsinger struggled to keep runners off the basepaths, leading to his exit from the contest before he was able to finish five innings. He's failed to post a quality start in any of his four outings, and with a 5.75 ERA, he's not a recommended fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Reds.
News: Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Valdez, along with Dwight Smith, was sent down in order to clear roster space for Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, both of whom are returning from injury Friday. The 32-year-old right-hander, claimed off waivers from Oakland earlier this month, pitched one scoreless inning for the Blue Jays but will make his next appearance in the minors, where he has a 3.00 ERA through two starts this season.
News: Manager John Gibbons hinted that Happ (elbow) could make his return Tuesday against the Reds, Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Happ only completed his first rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Thursday, so a return to the major-league club would certainly come as a surprise. Nonetheless, with a gap in the rotation due to the absence of Aaron Sanchez (finger), Gibbons isn't completely ruling it out. Look for the team to make a decision sometime later this weekend.
News: Smith was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: The move was necessary to clear room for Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson, both of whom returned to the lineup Friday. In just four at-bats with the Blue Jays this season, Smith is 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts, though seems to be the a primary call-up if a roster vacancy opens up in the future. The 24-year-old returns to Triple-A Buffalo for now, where he is hitting .321/.376/.457 through 39 games this season.
News: Tulowitzki (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday and is starting at shortstop for Friday's series opener against the Rangers.
Impact: Tulowitizki will make his return after rehabbing from a hamstring injury suffered in late April and should be in line to resume an everyday role at shortstop. The 32-year-old got off to a cold start this season, but appeared to be turning things around before his DL stint by putting together a six-game hitting streak to up his average to .263. His consistent hitting could prove beneficial in deeper fantasy lineups, though his luster has sharply declined over the past couple of seasons.
News: Donaldson (calf) was activated from the disabled list Friday and is starting at third base Friday against the Rangers, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It will be Donaldson's first game action since April 13 and marks the end of a long recovery from a calf strain. With the Blue Jays beginning a 10-game homestand Friday, the All-Star slugger will have plenty of time to get back into the swing of things in a good hitter's setting while returning to an everyday role. Fellow infielder Troy Tulowitzki will also make his return from the disabled list Friday, indicating a new-look Toronto lineup for upcoming games.
News: Dermody has allowed just one run over 10 appearances and 11.1 innings since returning to Triple-A Buffalo.
Impact: Dermody's one MLB appearance this season didn't go well -- he allowed five runs on four hits, including three homers while recording just one out April 16 against Baltimore. Despite proving to be an effective minor-league reliever since 2013, the righty has failed to make a positive impression in his limited major-league service over the past two years. Dermody will likely get another crack with the Jays once a hole opens in the team's bullpen.
News: Happ (elbow) threw 56 pitches (39 strikes) over three innings in his first rehab start Thursday for High-A Dunedin.
Impact: The sidelined starter allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three in his return to the mound. More importantly, Happ came away feeling good. He's scheduled to make another one or two rehab starts before rejoining the big-league club.
News: Tulowitzki (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the DL in time for Friday's tilt with the Rangers, the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: The oft-injured shortstop has been out since April 21, but he returns to the team as it begins a stretch of 10 straight home games. Before the injury, Tulowitzki was hitting .263/.295/.386 through 61 plate appearances in 16 games. With the 32-year-old no longer among the elite at his position, owners in daily leagues that have other options may want to wait a handful of games to see if Tulowitzki jumps out of the gate strong, or maybe needs some time to get back into the flow of things.
News: Donaldson (calf) is scheduled to be activated from the DL and return to the Blue Jays lineup Friday against Texas, the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: The third baseman has been out since April 14, but he returns as the Jays begin a 10-game homestand. Owners shouldn't think twice about plugging Donaldson back into their fantasy lineups immediately.
News: Howell's appeared in just four of Toronto's 22 contests in May.
Impact: Manager John Gibbons' early-month concerns regarding the lefty have resulted in minimal usage for Howell. The 34-year-old was signed in the offseason to ease the loss of Brett Cecil, but his contributions (9.64 ERA and 2.79 WHIP) have fallen extremely short of doing so.
News: Joe Smith allowed three runs on three hits in 0.2 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday. Smith struck out one, ending the game with a 3.57 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season.
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News: Devon Travis went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and four RBIs Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Texas Rangers 7-6. The homer was his fourth of the season. Travis scored twice. He ended the game with a .252 batting average.
Impact: Travis hit his second career grand slam and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He's batting .488 with three homers, nine doubles and 13 RBIs over that stretch.
News: Kevin Pillar went 0 for 5 Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Texas Rangers 7-6. He ended the game with a .295 batting average.
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News: Ezequiel Carrera went 0 for 3 Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Texas Rangers 7-6. He ended the game with a .270 batting average.
Impact: Carrera is 2 for 30 over his last nine games after going 9 for 18 in his previous four contests.
News: Josh Donaldson went 1 for 4 with a double Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6. He ended the game with a .303 batting average.
Impact: Donaldson (right calf) was activated before the game. The 2015 AL MVP last played on April 13.
News: Russell Martin went 1 for 4 Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Texas Rangers 7-6. Martin scored once. He ended the game with a .200 batting average.
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News: Kendrys Morales went 2 for 4 with a home run and an RBI Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Texas Rangers 7-6. The homer was his ninth of the season. He ended the game with a .250 batting average.
Impact: Morales has homered in each of his last two games.
News: Justin Smoak went 1 for 2 with a home run and an RBI Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Texas Rangers 7-6. The homer was his 11th of the season. Smoak scored twice. He ended the game with a .280 batting average.
Impact: Smoak is batting .350 with six homers, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored over his last 13 games.
News: Jose Bautista went 0 for 4 Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6. He ended the game with a .236 batting average.
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News: Troy Tulowitzki went 1 for 2 with two walks Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6. Tulowitzki scored once. He ended the game with a .271 batting average.
Impact: Tulowitzki (right hamstring) was activated before the game. He had been sidelined since leaving a game against the Angels on April 21.
News: Ryan Tepera allowed one hit without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday. Tepera struck out two, ending the game with a 2.83 ERA and 0.91 WHIP on the season.
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News: Aaron Loup improved to 2-0, allowing no hits over 1.1 scoreless innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday. Loup struck out one, ending the game with a 2.41 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the season.
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News: Danny Barnes walked one and didn't allow a hit in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday. Barnes struck out one, ending the game with a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP on the season.
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News: Roberto Osuna recorded his eighth save, allowing no runs on no hits in 0.1 innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday. Osuna struck out one, ending the game with a 3.06 ERA and 0.96 WHIP on the season.
Impact: After Rougned Odor cut the gap to one with a three-run homer off Joe Smith in the ninth, Osuna came on and struck out Mike Napoli for the save. After a rough beginning to the season, Osuna is 7 for 7 in save opportunities while allowing one run and six hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings over his last 13 appearances.
News: Mike Bolsinger allowed three runs - two earned - on six hits and four walks in 4.2 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Friday. Bolsinger struck out two.
Impact: Bolsinger is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA in four starts since having his contract purchased from the minors on May 9.