Player Notes - Toronto and Tampa Bay
Toronto
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Dayan ViciedoRFOutfielder Dayan Viciedo has been released by the Blue Jays after batting just .237 with zero homers in 38 spring training at-bats.It wasn't that long ago that Viciedo was helping fantasy owners. He hit 25 homers in 2012 and still hit 21 home runs last season. He'll likely find a spot on a bench somewhere.3/31/2015 12:56:00 PM
Michael SaundersRFBlue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders will not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager John GibbonsThis was to be expected and fantasy owners should also expect him back by mid-to-late April. He batted .273 last season with eight homers, 34 RBI and a .791 OPS in limited at-bats. 3/26/2015 9:50:00 AM
Brett CecilSPBlue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil open the season as team's closer according to manager John Gibbons.Nor surprise here, as Cecil posted a 2.70 ERA in 2014. He will be a good source of saves this year.3/21/2015 10:48:00 AM
Edwin Encarnacion1BBlue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will resume hitting on Tuesday according to MLB.com.Encarnacion missed the past week due to a sore back. The Blue Jays expect to ease him back into the designated hitter role although they plan to play him mostly at first base this season.3/15/2015 2:53:00 PM
Drew HutchisonSPBlue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison threw four shutout innings versus the Orioles on Wednesday.Hutchison will be very important for the Blue Jays success with Toronto recently losing Marcus Stroman for the season. Hutchison was 11-13, pitching 184 innings with a 4.48 ERA and 184 strikeouts last season.3/11/2015 4:31:00 PM
Marcus StromanSPBlue Jays starter Marcus Stroman will miss the 2015 season with a torn ACL, according to general manager Alex Anthopolous.Stroman was 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. he totaled 111 strikeouts in 130 2/3 IP. He was expected to be a big part of the rotation.3/10/2015 3:39:00 PM
Edwin Encarnacion1BBlue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is being shut down for a few days due to a lower back injury, according to gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.Encarnacion is expected to sit for 4-5 days. it's a bit concerning for the slugger, but as long as he is ready for Opening Day it shouldn't change his fantasy value. He hit 34 homers and knocked in 98 runs last season and has topped the 30-HR mark the last three seasons.3/10/2015 11:31:00 AM
Josh Donaldson3BBle Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson smashed a homer Saturday against the Phillies.He should be in line for a monster campaign, in a fierce Toronto lineup. It will be interesting to see where Donaldson hits, as he can hit anywhere from third in the order, down to fifth. He should have decent RBI chances no matter what, but if Donaldson hits fifth, then owners should expect a slight decline in runs scored. 3/7/2015 4:25:00 PM
Brett CecilSPBlue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil is dealing with a shoulder issue and could miss up to 10 days, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star.Cecil is projected to be the closer for Toronto although he'll have to beat out young right-hander Aaron Sanchez. This down time could be a chance for Sanchez to steal the spot. Cecil posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.37 WHIP last season with 76 Ks in 53 1/3 IP.3/7/2015 10:46:00 AM
Jose BautistaRFBlue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is not in the lineup for Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.Bautista sat out Friday as well while dealing with a right hamstring injury. Hopefully they are just being overly careful with their slugger. It's still early and a couple of days missed shouldn't change anything.3/7/2015 10:06:00 AM


Tampa Bay
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Alex CobbSPRays starter Alex Cobb left Tuesday's game with a right forearm injury, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.It's being called a tightness in the arm. Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. He posted a stellar 1.78 ERA after July 1. He was also 11-3 in 2013 and has huge upside if healthy.3/17/2015 2:38:00 PM
Jake McGeeRPRays left-hander Jake McGee will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday according to The Tampa Tribune.It will be the first time McGee will be on the mound since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow in December. The Rays are projecting he returns in late April or early May.3/15/2015 3:06:00 PM
Drew SmylySPRays starter Drew Smyly will miss his first starts of the 2015 regular season according to The Tampa Tribune.Smyly has shoulder tendinitis, but the Rays are hopeful he will only miss one start. He has been doing throwing drills to work closer to throwing off a mound soon.3/15/2015 11:15:00 AM
Matt MooreSPRays lefty Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery last April, is on course for an early June return, according to Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times.Moore is still just 25-years-old with a career 3.53 ERA and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings.3/12/2015 10:50:00 AM
Asdrubal Cabrera2BTampa Bay signed second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.Cabrera doesn't have a spot to play, at least until the rumored deal of Ben Zobrist. he batted .241 last season with 14 HR 61 RBI and 10 steals for Cleveland and then the Washington Nationals.1/9/2015 1:09:00 PM
Kevin JepsenRPThe Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.Jepsen went 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.046 WHIP in 74 relief appearances last season. With news of the injury to closer Jake McGee, Jepsen could end up at the back end of the bullpen.12/16/2014 3:03:00 PM
Jake McGeeRPRays left-hander Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday and will begin the season on the disabled list, according to Marc Topkin of the Tama Bay Times.McGee well last season going 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA, 0.897 WHIP and 19 saves in 23 opportunities. Ernesto Frieri might get the first shot at the closer's role.6/15/2014 8:59:00 PM
Alex CobbSPRays starter Alex Cobb allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.The 10 hits was a season-high, so Cobb was certainly hoping for a better start to cap off his superb season. Even with the tough Sunday, Cobb was 10-9 with a 2.87 ERA, 149 strikeouts in 166 1/3 innings this year. Cobb posted a 1.78 ERA after July 1.9/28/2014 6:27:00 PM
Alex ColomeSPRays right-hander Alex Colome earns second victory in final start of season.He did so in fine fashion, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing no runs on four hits, and struck out six. Colome finishes 2014 at 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Jake McGee saved his 19th game to seal the win.9/27/2014 9:05:00 PM
Chris ArcherSPRays starter Chris Archer pitched seven 2/3 innings and allowed a lone run on three hits and struck out six but lost to Corey Kluber as the Indians defeated the Rays, 1-0.Archer threw 75 of his 111 pitches for strikes and walked two batters. He finishes the year 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA and 173 strikeouts.9/26/2014 9:50:00 PM