Gibbons says Santos isn't available today. Loup will be today's closer, I'd needed. #bluejays
#BlueJays DL Lind, activate Reyes, call up Juan Francisco from Buffalo, return Kawasaki to Buffalo. Francisco hitting .341/11RBI/11G @ AAA.
Toronto Sun "The Blue Jays will go absolutely nowhere if Edwin Encarnacion doesn’t hit. Steady Eddie has been anything but this season and if you’re wondering what’s wrong with the Jays offence, look no further than Encarnacion. Jose Reyes has not been with the team and that has hurt and the bottom of..." April 19
RHP Jeremy Jeffress elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment from Toronto. Will sign with new team within 24-48 hours.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "On the coldest day in Twins history, before the smallest crowd in Target Field history, Kyle Gibson made a little history of his own. The Twins’ righthander, whose longest previous start last 6 1/3 innings last Friday, pitched eight shutout innings Thursday, leading Minnesota back to .500 on..." April 18
Minneapolis Star Tribune "By the time Chris Colabello came to the plate in the eighth inning Thursday night, he faced a real dilemma: He was already 5-for-7 during the Twins’ doubleheader against the Blue Jays, with three doubles, three RBI, and the bases were loaded with teammates, just waiting for the team’s hottest..." April 18
Janssen has been temporarily shutdown because of his sore lower back. He'll take at least a few days off from throwing. #BlueJays
Toronto Star "Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind left Tuesday’s game with lower-back tightness. Although manager John Gibbons said he was merely “day-to-day,” Lind was not looking or talking like a player who would be on the field any time soon. The 30-year-old was in obvious discomfort after the game,..." April 16
Toronto Sun "‘Let’s play two’ Wasn’t that what Cubs great Ernie Banks used to say? Banks might have been singing a different tune if he was on the field for Tuesday night’s freeze-athon at Target Field, what with a game time temperature of 1.5C. The bad news is that the forecast for Wednesday calls..." April 16
Jose Reyes played in an extended ST game yest, Gibby said. He'll play for Dunedin today & tomorrow, rejoin #bluejays Friday, barring setback
#BlueJays infielder Maicer Izturis expected to miss 4-6 months with ligament tear in knee. Will get second opinion before surgery set.
Toronto Star "Long bombs bursting in air. Slumps turned inside out. Breathtaking defensive plays in the field. “We won it with force,” boasted Brett Lawrie, who did indeed have much to swagger about for the part he played in an 11-3 trouncing of the Orioles. And look here, an absurdly miniscule 0.86 ERA..." April 14
Fansided "Maicer Izturis didn’t even get to take an official at-bat. In the bottom of the first inning, Izturis left the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. Replacing him at second base was Ryan Goins and Jonathan Diaz came into the game to play shortstop." April 13
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have only scored two runs in 21 innings against the Blue Jays, but Saturday night’s 2-1 victory at Oriole Park had the heady feel of one of those extra-inning wins that made 2012 such a magical year and the O’s still have a chance to win the series if they can muster some offense..." April 13
Both Reyes, who ran bases today, and Janssen, who threw bullpen session, say they think they're ready for rehab assignment (likely Dunedin)
Casey Janssen threw a bullpen session, really aired it out for first time, felt good after. If he feels fine tomorrow will head out on rehab
Toronto Sun "Dustin McGowan has conquered a few obstacles in his career. Eight trips to the disabled list. Three surgeries. Countless trips to the doctor. Magazines he read in 2011 had reflective stories on the same people and subjects he read about in 2004 waiting for his appointments. He was..." April 12
Toronto Sun "The day after the no-play replay where the Blue Jays missed out on an opportunity to challenge the out call given Ryan Goins after the first-base ump said he was picked off, the Blue Jays remain in the dark. The incident occurred in the sixth inning Wednesday, and it turned out to be no big..." April 11
Houston Chronicle "Jeff Luhnow didn’t color the offense with empty praise. “Underperforming, for sure,” the Astros general manager said Thursday afternoon. “I think we’ve got a couple guys in the lineup that haven’t got going yet. (Marc) Krauss, (Robbie) Grossman had great springs and we were counting for them to..." April 11
Toronto Sun "Brandon Morrow brought his ‘A’ game. For the most part, the Houston Astros were overmatched. End of story. It was the second start of the season for Morrow, his first one against the Tampa Bay Rays last week a bit on the dull side as, in that contest, he allowed four runs on seven hits..." April 10
Toronto Sun "Dioner Navarro was like the eye of the hurricane on Tuesday night. Navarro was at the centre of all things meaningful in the Blue Jays 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros. At the plate the Jays catcher drove in two runs with a pair of doubles and in the eighth he made the tag on a play that..." April 09
New York Post "When you reside in the AL East, splitting six games to start the season on the road and losing your starting first baseman to the disabled list isn’t something to get stoked about. Yet, when the Yankees’ six-game trip — which started with two defeats — is analyzed deeper than just the math, it..." April 07
Toronto Sun "The Toronto Blue Jays rode a gem thrown by starting pitcher R.A. Dickey to a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The knuckleballer went 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out six for his first win of the season. The..." April 06
J.A. Happ will pitch a rehab game in Dunedin tonight -- aiming to throw 70-some pitches #BlueJays
Jose Reyes already taking grounders at SS this morning so hamstring issue that has him on DL must be minor. #bluejays
#BlueJays announce they have designated Jeremy Jeffress for assignment. Corresponding move to follow.
New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka was a hit after the nerves stopped jangling throughout his body. Jacoby Ellsbury displayed the type of talent the Yankees believed was worth a very high price tag. And Yangervis Solarte continued to make the Yankees look good for keeping him over Eduardo Nunez. Yet, the Yankees’..." April 05
Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon made three lineups before his team took the field Thursday night in the series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays. To say the third one was the charm would be too easy. Besides, Chris Archer was the starting pitcher in all three lineups and he did more than..." April 04
Toronto Sun "Back in July of 2009, Mark Buehrle twirled a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Last night he made do with blanking the Rays on four hits over 8.2 innings. The veteran left-hander came within a whisker of a complete-game shutout but third baseman Brett Lawrie couldn’t squeeze a bullet..." April 03
Hardball Talk "Hector Gomez of sports radio program ZDeportes in the Dominican Republic reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent corner infielder Juan Francisco. Francisco has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. The 26-year-old was released by the Brewers at..." April 02
Toronto Sun "Well, the joke’s on the Rays. The Blue Jays may have played like dopes in the season opener on the last day of March but April 1, no fools were found, they were money. In Monday’s depressing 9-2 pounding the Jays couldn’t pitch, hit in the clutch and they threw the ball around in a clownish..." April 02
Mild inflammation for Reyes . Compared it to 2011 when he missed 29 games. #BlueJays
Bluebird Banter "So much for Opening Day optimism and starting fresh. Realism slapped Blue Jays fans in the face even before the end of the first inning in the first game of the 2014 when Toronto starting shortstop Jose Reyes was pulled from the game after his first at bat. Later, it was revealed that Reyes was..." April 01
Covers.com "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01
Tampa Tribune "What went wrong Monday for the Rays? Well, three pitchers combined to strike out only nine Toronto Blue Jays, so no free pizza for the fans who filled Tropicana Field. Being picky, sure, and that’s because the Rays opened a season filled with so much promise with a 9-2 victory against a..." April 01
#BlueJays Opening Day lineup: Reyes SS, Cabrera LF, Bautista RF, Encarnacion 1B, Navarro DH, Lawrie 3B, Rasmus CF, Izturis 2B, Thole C.
Fox Sports "Can a computer warm the hot seat? No, I'm serious. Computers run almost everything in baseball these days. Managers use data when forming lineups. Pitchers use data when attacking hitters. Teams use data when positioning defenders. How long before a computer tells a team when to fire its..." March 31
CBSSports.com "Bad news for the Blue Jays bullpen, as closer Casey Janssen will open the 2014 regular season on the disabled list with a lower back/abdominal strain (source: Mike Wilner via Twitter). The Jays made the move retroactive to March 29 and called up catcher Erik Kratz to take Janssen's spot on the..." March 30
Hardball Talk "In a Q&A with Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says that he would consider further extending veterans Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Reyes. In doing so, Anthopoulos cited veterans Carlos Beltran and David Ortiz as examples of older players being very..." March 29
Montreal Gazette "An unidentified man is in critical condition in a Montreal hospital after he fell from the stands at Olympic Stadium at a pre-season baseball game late Friday night, with Montreal police saying "we do fear for his life at this time." According to a release, the man, in his 40s, fell while..." March 29
Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29
Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27
Reyes remains day to day with tight hamstring. Not expected to play tomorrow, possibly will start at DH on Friday in Montreal. #BlueJays
Toronto Sun "If it was a horse race, they’d be holding an inquiry. Rounding the final turn and heading into the stretch, Dustin McGowan has come from way off the pace to take the lead in the race for the rotation at 100-1 odds. Those that would have bet on McGowan at the start of spring training are few,..." March 26
CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26
Encarnacion exiting the game after getting plunked. I didn't see where he got hit, but he walked off on his own.
MLB.com "Results of an MRI exam on Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes' tight left hamstring revealed a mild strain on Monday afternoon, leading the club to consider him day to day. Reyes was removed from Saturday's game after the third inning because of soreness in his left leg. He hit a ground ball to..." March 25
Reyes will have an MRI later today on his left hamstring. #BlueJays