This being 2021, and these being the Toronto Blue Jays, not even a day without a game could pass without a generous helping of roster news.
Left-handed starter Robbie Ray, lost to an elbow contusion when he slipped on a flight of stairs late in spring training, will return from the injured list Monday to start against the New York Yankees. He’ll be followed by Hyun Jin Ryu on Tuesday and Ross Stripling on Wednesday. That means Tanner Roark, who was scheduled to start Sunday’s weather-postponed game against the Los Angeles Angels (it’ll be made up as part of a split doubleheader in Anaheim on August 10), is shifting to a long relief role in manager Charlie Montoyo’s bullpen.
“He was a pro. We told him and he was fine with it,” Montoyo said of Roark, who has made only four relief appearances in his 140 games since 2016. “It’s not indefinite. I’m not saying he won’t start again. This is the move we’re going to make for now and then we’ll go from there.”