Blue Jays Rumors & News

  • Blue Jays option Richard Urena to triple-A Buffalo

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned infielder Richard Urena to triple-A Buffalo and will make a corresponding roster move before Tuesday’s game versus the Los Angeles Angels.   " May 21

  • MLB extends Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna administrative leave

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball has extended Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna‘s administrative leave seven days through May 28. This will be the second time Osuna’s administrative leave is extended. Osuna was originally charged by the Toronto Police on May 8 for..." May 21

  • Ready for the Show? Blue Jays prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. now hitting .423 in Double-A as 19-year-old

    CBS Sports "If the Toronto Blue Jays intend to keep Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minors for much longer, then he's making it very difficult for them to execute that plan. On Sunday, Guerrero Jr. had a four-for-four game that saw him deliver a walk-off home-run. In 38 games at..." May 21

  • Athletics Claim Carlos Ramirez From Blue Jays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed right-hander Carlos Ramirez off waivers from the Blue Jays, per an announcement from Oakland. Oakland will be the second organization for the 27-year-old Ramirez, who had been with the Blue Jays since 2009. Ramirez started off as an outfield prospect with..." May 20

  • Randal Grichuk nearing return

    Sportsnet " Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is expected to begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment next week and is nearing a return to the big-league club. Grichuk has been on the 10-day disabled list since the end of April with a sprained right knee. He..." May 19

  • Injured Jays SS Diaz taking BP, running

    TSN "Injured Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz has started taking live batting practice and running.  He will be assessed next week for a potential rehab assignment according to manager John Gibbons. Diaz suffered an ankle injury on May 6th on a play at first..." May 19

  • Blue Jays’ Martin willing to play infield in ageing years of contract

    Sportsnet "A little bit of third base. Second. Maybe two starts per week behind the plate. Shortstop? Some of that, too, maybe. Russell Martin was ready to go on the record Thursday: if the Toronto Blue Jays think he needs a move out from behind the plate or at least a different balance in his..." May 18

  • Jays' Hernandez (back) out tonight vs. A's

    TSN "According to manager John Gibbons, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez's back tightened up on him yesterday in the team's game against the New York Mets and he will not play tonight against the Oakland Athletics. However, Gibbons doesn't expect the 25-year-old to miss..." May 17

  • Blue Jays' Osuna ordered to stay away from downtown Toronto building

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna must remain 100 metres away from a building near Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Strachan Ave., and has been ordered not to communicate with the woman he’s accused of assaulting earlier this month, according to a court document. As a condition of his..." May 17

  • Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki has started running, fielding ground balls

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has started running using an antigravity treadmill and is also fielding ground balls.

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  • Was Vlad Guerrero Jr. trolling Blue Jays fans?

    Toronto Star "After their best start in a decade in April, the Blue Jays have fallen back to earth, struggling to stay above .500, prompting some fans to urge the call up of the team’s most-hyped prospect in recent memory. It looked for a while like those fans’..." May 15

  • Why the wait for MLB’s top prospect goes on

    New York Post "The most intriguing member of the Blue Jays organization will not be at Citi Field on Tuesday night for a series opener against the Mets. The question if he should be, though, will be ever present. Toronto GM Ross Atkins mentioned he answers inquiries daily about the arrival..." May 15

  • Blue Jays must decide how to use struggling Morales

    Sportsnet "To begin with the obvious, Kendrys Morales isn’t hitting. His .500 OPS ranks 227th among the 233 hitters who have batted at least 100 times this season. He’s hitting more ground balls than ever and fewer line drives than usual – a bad combination..." May 15

  • Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. trolled everyone into thinking he was being called up

    Hardball Talk "Last week, we highlighted Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., who has been lighting up Double-A pitching. Jays fans have been wondering if Guerrero might be playing well enough to warrant a promotion to the majors. On Monday, Guerrero took advantage of the fervor and trolled everyone..." May 14

  • MLB extends Osuna's administrative leave

    TSN "Major League Baseball announced on Monday that administrative leave for Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been extended until May 21. The leave was set to expire later on Monday. Osuna, 23, was placed on leave on May 8 in accordance with the joint MLB/MLB..." May 14

  • Blue Jays Designate Carlos Ramirez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have designed right-hander Carlos Ramirez for assignment, per a team announcement. The club also selected righty Deck McGuire from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. " May 13

  • Jays recall McGuire, option Gurriel Jr.

    TSN "Deck McGuire is finally a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 11th overall pick of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft was called up by the club from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Sunday with infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. going the other way. Carlos Ramirez was designated for assignment to..." May 13

  • How long will the Biagini-as-starter experiment last for Blue Jays?

    Sportsnet "We all see what the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to do with Joe Biagini. Selected from the San Francisco Giants during the Rule 5 draft in December, 2015, and made a permanent Blue Jay by virtue of his strong bullpen work throughout the ensuing season, he’s like found money. Teams generally..." May 13

  • Atkins: Stroman DL stint a physical and mental break

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says placing Marcus Stroman on the 10-day DL is about getting him both a physical and mental break from baseball. “It became clear to both the organization and Marcus that stepping away and getting a physical and mental break from this would be..." May 12

  • Jays call up INF Urshela, option OF Pompey

    TSN "Recently acquired infielder Giovanny Urshela will be activated by the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday ahead of their game with the Boston Red Sox. In a corresponding roster move, the team has optioned outfielder Dalton Pompey to Triple-A Buffalo. Urshela was acquired from the Cleveland Indians..." May 12

  • Blue Jays’ Grichuk progressing, no timeline for Pearce

    Sportsnet "Randal Grichuk of the Toronto Blue Jays is continuing to progress in baseball activities as he recovers from his knee injury. Fellow outfielder Steve Pearce, meanwhile, has yet to resume such activities. Grichuk was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 30 with a strained right knee. He..." May 12

  • It’s time to call up Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnet "By now, we can all acknowledge that in this rational age of baseball, even casual fans approach their favourite ballclub with the cold, detached gaze of a forensic actuary. So when it comes to the possibility of promoting wunderkind prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., many of us rationally..." May 12

  • Jays’ Urshela will have chance to hold backup infielder spot

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are giving recently acquired Gio Urshela a chance to stick as their backup infielder after activating him Saturday and optioning outfielder Dalton Pompey to triple-A Buffalo to clear room. Urshela, picked up from Cleveland for cash this week after he was designated for..." May 12

  • Blue Jays’ rotation has gone from perceived strength to weakness

    Sportsnet "Every time pitching coach Pete Walker thinks about the performance of the Toronto Blue Jays’ rotation so far this season, he can’t help but wonder what the … um, heck. The club’s starters were supposed to be a strength, rather than a liability, yet they headed into Friday’s series opener against..." May 12

  • Blue Jays Place Marcus Stroman On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced that they’ve placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 10-day disabled list due to right shoulder fatigue. In addition, left-handed reliever Tim Mayza has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. The Jays recalled right-handers Joe Biagini and Sam Gaviglio from Buffalo to fill..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Why Vlad Jr. has path to playing time with Blue Jays in 2018

    Sportsnet "There are a lot of ‘ifs’ involved, of course, but there’s a reasonable case to be made that under the right circumstances, the Toronto Blue Jays should have Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on their major-league team later this summer. First, the caveats. The Blue Jays would most likely have to keep..." May 10

  • Privacy commissioner probing potential privacy breaches in Osuna case

    Toronto Star "Toronto Police is investigating how a photo of Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in a holding cell was leaked to a news outlet. Global News posted a story Wednesday morning that showed it had obtained a photo of Osuna inside the cell, wearing dark clothing with his legs outstretched. Half an..." May 09

  • Blue Jays Acquire Gio Urshela

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have acquired third baseman Gio Urshela from the Indians, per a club announcement. Cash considerations or a player to be named later will go to Cleveland in return. Urshela, 26, had recently been designated for assignment after opening the year on the DL. " May 09

  • M's James Paxton first Canadian ever to toss no-hitter in Canada

    ESPN "James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night. Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter. Paxton, who hails from Ladner,..." May 09

  • Blue Jays place shortstop Aledmys Diaz on 10-day DL

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed shortstop Aledmys Diaz on the 10-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain, the team announced Tuesday. The move is retroactive to May 7. In a corresponding move, Toronto recalled infielder Richard Urena from triple-A Buffalo." May 08

  • Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna charged with assault by Toronto police

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was arrested early Tuesday and charged with assaulting a woman, according to Toronto police. Details of the alleged incident weren’t immediately known. Osuna is scheduled to appear in court Monday, June 18. The Blue Jays didn’t immediately respond to..." May 08

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

  • 'The Best Player, Like, Ever': The Painful Story of Troy Tulowitzki

    Bleacher Report "Do this, the baseball card photographer said one warm day in Florida during spring training. And so, sure enough, Troy Tulowitzki did it. Kicked his left leg. Balanced on his right. Reared back, came forward and, arm extended and baseball in hand, struck a pitcher's..." May 07

  • Jays reinstate Smoak, send Urena to AAA

    TSN "First baseman Justin Smoak is back from the paternity list, while shortstop Richard Urena is heading back to Triple-A Buffalo, the team announced Sunday. Smoak has not played since May 2 and has been away for the birth of his daughter. In 109 at-bats, Smoak is hitting .257 with four home runs..." May 06

  • Blue Jays’ Aledmys Diaz leaves game vs. Rays with injury

    Sportsnet "Aledmys Diaz left the field in a wheelchair Sunday after spraining his left ankle while legging out an infield hit in the top of the fifth inning. Diaz stepped awkwardly on first base with his left foot and fell to the ground a couple of steps later. The Blue Jays shortstop didn’t put any..." May 06

  • Estrada helps Blue Jays alleviate frustration in win over Rays

    Sportsnet "Rarely does a manager get ejected three times in a five-day span when things are going particularly well on the field. Between injuries, umpires and misplays, the Toronto Blue Jays have experienced their share of frustration in recent days, and it showed when manager John Gibbons got tossed for..." May 06

  • Morales open to being used as a pitcher

    Sportsnet "Kendrys Morales says he doesn’t want to pitch in a big-league game. The Toronto Blue Jays would only call him to the mound if they were losing badly, and Morales wouldn’t wish that on his team. But let’s be honest here — there’s part of him that definitely wants to pitch in a major-league..." May 06

  • Blue Jays Promote Anthony Alford, Remove Jake Petricka From Active Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays are promoting outfield prospect Anthony Alford, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter). Toronto has removed reliever Jake Petricka from the active roster, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter), though the precise mechanism is not yet clear. Alford..." May 05

  • Canadian Dalton Pompey joining Blue Jays from triple-A

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays will call up Canadian outfielder Dalton Pompey from triple-A Buffalo on Friday, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. After dealing with a wrist issue during spring training and the start of the 2018 season, the 25-year-old has played in 10 games for the Bisons since April..." May 04

  • Blue Jays Designate Luis Santos, Select Jake Petricka

    MLB Trade Rumors "The roster turnover is continuing for the Blue Jays, who announced another round of moves today. Only two directly implicate control rights, though: righty Luis Santos was designated for assignment, with fellow reliever Jake Petricka taking his place on the 40-man and active..." May 04

  • Granderson exits Friday's game in 2nd

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Curtis Granderson left Friday’s game in the bottom of the second inning, he was replaced by recently recalled Canadian Dalton Pompey. Granderson doubled and scored in his only at bat of the game, there is no word on the injury that forced him from the game." May 04

  • Bautista thanks Toronto in heartfelt essay before donning Braves jersey

    The Player's Tribune "O .K., Canada. I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet. I think that makes sense, you know? We teamed up for 10 straight seasons — and it’s crazy how they flew by. But man, at the same time……. I also want you to know: Those 10 seasons meant everything to me. Decades in life really..." May 04

  • The rise of the C-Flap

    Hardball Talk "One of the most notable things of the 2018 season has been the C-flaps on the batting helmets. Those little extensions from the ear flap that cover a hitter’s jaw. Players have worn them for some time, but it seems like this year ten times more guys have them. It’s getting to the point where I..." May 04

  • Blue Jays in no rush to call up top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr.

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says the organization won't risk halting the development of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. by rushing him to the majors. "That's just offense, right, when you say statistically," Atkins said of Guerrero's blistering start in Double-A, according to..." May 04

  • Blue Jays Designate Gift Ngoepe, Place Steve Pearce On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "As part of a series of roster moves, the Blue Jays have designated infielder Gift Ngoepe for assignment, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports (Twitter links). Toronto purchased the contract of righty Luis Santos, necessitating a 40-man spot, while fellow right-hander Joe Biagini is also being called..." May 03

  • Jays’ Travis aiming to distance himself from unique playing schedule

    Sportsnet "Devon Travis is now in a different baseball environment, one that the Toronto Blue Jays hope is better suited to help him emerge from a deep slump. Unfortunately for the second baseman, though, some things remain the same. He joined his Buffalo Bisons teammates for batting practice prior to..." May 03

  • Jeff Passan: ‘It’s time’ for Blue Jays to call up Guerrero Jr.

    Sportsnet "As Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continues to light up double-A ball with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the calls for the Toronto Blue Jays to bring up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grow louder by the day. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports agrees with that sentiment. Speaking on the Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet..." May 03

  • Josh Donaldson activated by Blue Jays: ‘It’s exciting to be back’

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson played only seven innings of defence on rehab assignment before rejoining the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, and it was the throw on a single backhand play that told the third baseman his shoulder was ready to go. "It’s exciting to be back," the star slugger said upon rejoining..." May 03

  • Donaldson 'likely' to return Thursday

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will join the Toronto Blue Jays in Cleveland on Thursday and the team said he’s expected to be activated from the disabled list for their doubleheader with the American League Central leaders. The star third baseman played seven innings of defence for single-A Dunedin on..." May 02