Toronto Blue Jays Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Jose Reyes, SS4/17/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes was expected to be ready to return from the disabled list Friday against Cleveland, but bad weather is going to push his return to Saturday, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Reyes injured a hamstring in the season opener. He'll be a solid source of runs and steals as long as he can stay healthy.
Munenori Kawasaki, SS4/17/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki will start at 2B on Thursday
Insight: He's made one start this season going 2-for-5 with a double. With Ryan Gions batting .152 and Macier Izturis sidelined by injury the Jays have nothing to lose.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/17/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is probable for Thursday's doubleheader against Minnesota.
Insight: Rasmus hasn't played since Sunday, missing two games due to the injury, but should be ready to go Thursday, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHCold4/17/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is just 1-for-12 versus Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: The 31-year-old Encarnacion is still in search of his first homer. He didn't go that long without a dinger in either 2012 or 2013. This matchup isn't likely to end the homerless streak.
Brett Lawrie, 3B 4/16/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie blasted a ninth-inning grand slam Tuesday at Minnesota.
Insight: Lawrie has more infield fly-balls (three) than line drives (two) this season and is hitting just .100 on balls in play and .132 overall. However, he has hit three homers and driven in nine runs.
Adam Lind, DH4/15/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind left Tuesday's game at Minnesota with lower-back tightness, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Lind has a history of back issues. The DH went 1-for-2 with a walk before leaving Tuesday and is hitting .324 so far. Hopefully he feels better for a nice matchup with struggling right-hander Mike Pelfrey Wednesday.
Colby Rasmus, CF 4/15/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: According to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com, manager John Gibbons said he wanted to give Rasmus another day off (Jays didn't play Monday) but doesn't consider the injury to be a serious issue. He could be back Wednesday but may sit again due to the cold weather at Minnesota.
Jose Reyes, SS4/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes should be ready to return from the disabled list Friday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star
Insight: Reyes has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He'll be a solid source of runs and steals as long as he can stay healthy.
Maicer Izturis, 2B 4/14/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will miss 4-to-6 months with a complete tear of the LCL in his left knee, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Izturis tripped down the dugout steps during Sunday's game and tore the ligament. The 33-year-old has been getting most of the starts at second base but the job will now go to Ryan Goins (3-for-28 this season).
Mark Buehrle, SPHot4/13/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle improved to 3-0 with seven strong innings Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Buehrle allowed one run on five hits in seven innings and now has a 0.86 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. The 35-year-old left-hander has stranded 90 percent of his baserunners so far. In 14 big league seasons, he never had an ERA better than 3.12 and only once had one worse than 4.28.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4/13/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBI Sunday against the O's.
Insight: The 31-year-old Encarnacion is 50 at-bats into the season and he's still in search of his first homer. He didn't go that long without a dinger in either 2012 or 2013.
Adam Lind, DH4/13/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind reached base in all five plate appearances (3 H, 2 BB) Sunday against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles.
Insight: Lind rakes against righties and rarely starts against lefties. In 32 at-bats this season, the 30-year-old is hitting .313 with one homer and six RBI. He also has a 7/8 K/BB.
Brett Lawrie, 3BCold4/13/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie had two hits and his second homer of the season Sunday but is still hitting just .122.
Insight: Lawrie is just 6-for-49 in 13 games. He still hasn't lived up to the promise he showed in 2011 and is facing a make-or-break year as far fantasy owners are concerned.
Colby Rasmus, CFHot4/13/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Rasmus has gone deep in three of the last four games and raised his average from .100 to .217 in that stretch. The strikeouts make him extremely streaky, but the 27-year-old has proven to be an effective power hitter when he gets hot.
Dustin McGowan, SP4/11/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Dustin McGowan got his first win since June 22, 2008 Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: McGowan fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings, struck out two, walked one and gave up five hits. The right-hander dealt with numerous shoulder injuries from 2008-12 before finally returning last season and throwing 25 2/3 innings in relief. It's a good story, but he's not really a fantasy option you want to pursue.
Jose Reyes, SS4/11/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (hamstring) felt "comfortable" running Friday and will push his hamstring further on Saturday, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Reyes strained his left hamstring near the end of spring training and aggravated it on Opening Day. If he gets past Saturday without an issue, Reyes will go out on a rehab assignment.
Maicer Izturis, 2BHot4/11/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will make his fifth consecutive start at second base.
Insight: Izturis seems to surpasses Ryan Goins in the pecking order. That will happen when you are batting .385 with an .852 OPS.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/11/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, off his first home run of the season Thursday night, has a favorable matchup on Friday.
Insight: Rasmus is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with a pair of homers against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman. Rasmus has been horrible for most of the season (2-for-27), but over the past two games may be coming out of it (4-for-7).
Colby Rasmus, CF4/10/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus had his first multi-hit game of the season Thursday.
Insight: Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored after going three for his first 30 (.100).
Edwin Encarnacion, DHCold4/10/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is off to a slow start, batting .182 without a home run.
Insight: The 31-year-old Encarnacion has averaged 39 HR over the past two seasons so its only a matter of time.
Casey Janssen, SP4/9/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Toronto closer Casey Janssen (back strain) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Janssen was impressive. He'll throw one more bullpen before moving on to rehab games and should be back next week, barring a setback. Sergio Santos has saved three games and struck out eight batters in 3 1/3 innings this season, but he's also allowed six baserunners and will likely go back to the eighth inning when Janssen returns.
Melky Cabrera, LFHot4/8/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera went deep AGAIN Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: That makes four straight games in which the Melk Man has delivered a homer. He had three homers all of last season (88 games).
Jose Bautista, RF4/8/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista smacked a solo homer Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: Bautista has four round-trippers in eight games. He'll hit 40 if he can manage to play 140+ games for the first time since 2011.
Jose Reyes, SS4/8/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will begin running on a treadmill Tuesday, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Reyes strained his left hamstring near the end of spring training and aggravated it on Opening Day. He said his hamstring feels good but he'll be careful about progressing too quickly in his rehab.
Melky Cabrera, LFHot4/6/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera scorched his third home run of the season Sunday in a loss to the Yankees.
Insight: He's homered in each of his last three games. Cabrera went deep three times all of last season so this represents a major improvement.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/6/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus will get a day off Sunday, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Rasmus will take a seat with left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees. The 27-year-old outfielder has struck out in 10 of his 22 at-bats and is hitting .091 so far.
Jose Bautista, RF4/6/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has gone 2-for-23 (.087) with one homer and eight Ks against Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Insight: Given Sabathia's diminished velocity and struggles to keep the ball down, fantasy owners shouldn't bench Bautista Sunday, but daily league players might want to spend their money elsewhere.
Adam Lind, DH4/6/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind is a career .220 hitters with a .606 OPS against left-handed pitchers, but he has batted.467 (7-of-15) against Yankees starter CC Sabathia in his career.
Insight: Lind only had 96 at-bats against left-handers last season and hit .208 against them. If manager John Gibbons takes career statistics into account, however, Lind will be in the lineup Sunday against Sabathia.
Sergio Santos, RP4/5/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays interim closer Sergio Santos picked up a four-out save Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Santos got the last out of the eighth in a 1-0 game and Toronto put three runs on the board in the bottom of the inning, making it a pretty easy ninth for Santos, though he still managed to make things interesting by allowing a hit and walking a batter. The 30-year-old has gone 2-for-2 in save chances this season but put six men on base in two innings and was pulled from one save chance after walking the only batter he faced. Casey Janssen (back) will probably get the job back when he returns from the DL later this month.
R.A. Dickey, SP4/5/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey rebounded from a poor Opening Day start with 6 2/3 shutout innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Dickey gave up six earned runs in five innings at Tampa Bay in his first start but scattered just five hits Saturday. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six after recording a 4/6 K/BB in the opener. The 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner had a 4.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP last season.
Melky Cabrera, CF4/5/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera hit a homer for the second straight game Saturday against the Yankees, his former team.
Insight: Cabrera hit just three homers in 88 games last season but already has two in six games the year. The 29-year-old was tremendous in 2012, hitting .346 with 11 home runs, 60 RBI, 84 runs, 13 steals and a .906 OPS in 113 games before being suspended 50 games for testosterone use.
Jose Bautista, RF4/2/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista crushed two solo homers Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Bautista slugged six longballs this spring and has averaged 43 per 162 games over the last two seasons. Unfortunately, he played just 210 games in that span due to injuries.
Mark Buehrle, SP4/2/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle nearly threw a shutout in his first start of the season Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Buehrle threw 8 2/3 innings and gave up just four hits while striking out 11 batters. Prior to Wednesday's game, Buehrle hadn't struck out more than nine batters in a start since April 16, 2005.
Adam Lind, DH4/1/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer Tuesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lind didn't play in the season opener with David Price on the mound. The 30-year-old hit .288 with 23 homers and an .854 OPS last season while getting only 96 at-bats against left-handers.
Jose Reyes, SS3/31/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays placed Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Insight: Reyes strained his left hamstring near the end of spring training and aggravated it on Opening Day. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
R.A. Dickey, SP3/31/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey walked six and allowed six earned runs in five innings on Opening Day at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Not how Dickey wanted to start the season after he had a 4.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP last year.
Jose Reyes, SS3/31/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes exited Monday's game due to tightness in his left hamstring, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: It's the same hamstring Reyes strained last week. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
Adam Lind, DH3/31/2014 2:11:00 PM
Description: Hopefully Adam Lind isn't your team's only first base option for Opening Day.
Insight: Lind hasn't had much success against Rays starter David Price, hitting just .194 with nine strikeouts in 36 at bats. None of Lind's 140 career home runs have come versus Price.
Sergio Santos, RP3/30/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Sergio Santos will close games for the Blue Jays while Casey Janssen recovers from a lower-back strain, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Santos entered the 2012 season as Toronto's closer after recording a 3.55 ERA, 30 saves and 92 Ks in 63 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2012. However, he threw just 30 2/3 innings the last two years while Janssen has put up a 2.55 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, 56 saves and 117 Ks in 116 1/3 innings during that span. Santos should be added in all leagues because he's talented enough to reclaim the job full-time.
Casey Janssen, SP3/30/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Toronto has placed closer Casey Janssen on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
Insight: He won't be eligible to return until April 13th. Sergio Santos (1-1, 1.75 ERA in 2013) will fill in at closer in the mean time.
Jose Reyes, SS3/27/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (left hamstring strain) will start in the field on Friday.
Insight: Reyes suffered a minor left hamstring strain over the weekend. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners, but apparently will be ready for Opening Day. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
J.A. Happ, SP3/26/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ (back) will begin the year on the disabled list, according to the Toronto Star.
Insight: Happ gave up 16 earned runs and 21 hits while walking nine in seven innings this spring. He'll try to work out his issues and can be ignored by fantasy owners.
Dustin McGowan, SP3/26/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Dustin McGowan will serve as Toronto's fifth starter to begin the season, according to the Toronto Star.
Insight: McGowan threw just 21 big league innings from 2009-12 due to three separate shoulder surgeries to repair a frayed labrum and torn rotator cuff before returning for 25 2/3 frames last year. His best season was 2007, when he went 12-10 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 169 2/3 innings. He could be a decent AL-only option, but there's no need to draft him in mixed leagues.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3/26/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous said 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is "fine," according to Barry Davis of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Encarnacion was hit by a pitch near the right wrist and left Wednesday's game for precautionary reasons. The 31-year-old Encarnacion proved his 42-homer 2012 season was no fluke when he launched 36 bombs last year. He also struck out just 62 times, an amazingly low number for a power hitter.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH3/26/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch near his right wrist during Wednesday's game, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Encarnacion had surgery on his left wrist in the offseason; fortunately this was the other one. He left the game but was spotted hanging around in the dugout so he's probably fine. The 31-year-old Encarnacion proved his 42-homer 2012 season was no fluke when he launched 36 bombs last year. He also struck out just 62 times, an amazingly low number for a power hitter.
Jose Reyes, SS3/26/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (left hamstring strain) could rejoin the lineup as the DH Friday, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Reyes suffered a minor left hamstring strain over the weekend. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
Jose Reyes, SS3/22/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes left Saturday's game with a tight hamstring.
Insight: For a guy who lives by his speed, both in the field and at the plate this could be a disaster. Though his leaving is claimed to be "precautionary" with Reyes' injury history one must be wary.
Casey Janssen, SP3/18/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw live batting practice Tuesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Janssen was shut down a few weeks ago with shoulder tendinitis, and Tuesday was his final tuneup before returning to game action. He should pitch in a game on Friday unless he has a setback over the next two days. Janssen had a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 34 saves in 36 chances last season.
Jose Bautista, RFHot3/14/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista appears to be healthy again and that's bad news for opposing pitchers.
Insight: Bautista has already hit three homers this preseason and is batting .375 throughthe first 10 games. He hit .259 with 28 home runs, 73 RBI, 82 runs and an .856 OPS, but played just 118 games last season due to injury.
J.A. Happ, SP3/6/2014 2:20:00 PM
Description: Toronto lefthander J.A. Happ has been dealing with a sore back and it shows in his early work (1.3 IP, 40.50 ERA, 8.25 WHIP).
Insight: Happ (5-7, 4.56 ERA) is thought to be solidly in the Blue Jays rotation, but after last season's performance if a young guy shows up big in spring training, its possible Happ gets left behind.
Casey Janssen, SP3/3/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen will resume throwing later this week, according to Jayson Stark of espn.com.
Insight: Janssen was shut down on Saturday with shoulder tendinitis. He had a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 34 saves in 36 chances last season. Either Sergio Santos or Steve Delabar would take over closing duties if Janssen went down, but right now the move to shut him down is considered precautionary.
R.A. Dickey, SP2/18/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: R.A. Dickey will be Toronto's Opening Day starter. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: He'll be on the mound March 31st against the Rays. Dickey's 2013 campaign was a bit of a letdown (14-13, 4.21 ERA). After starting the year 2-5, he's lucky he made it back to .500.
Roy Halladay, SP12/9/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: Free agent righthander Roy Halladay will retire, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Always the perfectionist, Halladay struggled with shoulder problems and couldn't pitch at his usual high level last season. He'll finish his career with a 203-105 record, a 3.38 ERA, 1.178 WHIP and 2,117 stikeouts.
Josh Johnson, SP11/19/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Travis Sawchik, the Pirates are one of the team's righthander Josh Johnson is considering.
Insight: He'd be a nice replacement for A.J. Burnett, assuming Pittsburgh can get him for relatively cheap. 2013 was arguably the worst season of Johnson's career (2-8, 6.20 ERA) but injuries certainly played a role in his struggles. Pitching coach Ray Searage is no stranger to reclamation projects. Last season, Twins castoff Francisco Liriano became a Cy Young candidate under Searage's tutelage.
Josh Johnson, SP11/13/2013 9:24:00 PM
Description: Free agent righthander Josh Johnson is already being pursued by the Royals. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Well, at least somebody wants him. Johnson (2-8, 6.20 ERA) was terrible last season and has had tremendous difficulty staying healthy throughout his career. Kansas City would be crazy to give him anything longer than a one-year deal.
Adam Lind, DH11/10/2013 3:24:00 PM
Description: Despite having his option picked up last week, the Blue Jays could still look to trade Adam Lind this offseason. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Teams would probably be willing to take on his relatively affordable $7 million salary for 2014. Lind posted the second-highest slugging percentage of his career this past season (.497). He's played in Toronto for his entire major league career.
Casey Janssen, SP10/31/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Jays closer Casey Janssen had his option picked up on Thursday. SOURCE: Sportsnet
Insight: It's worth $4 million. Janssen's 34 saves this season were a career-high and the highest total by a Toronto closer since B.J. Ryan in 2008.
Adam Lind, DH10/31/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH/1B Adam Lind had his option picked up for 2014. SOURCE: Sportsnet
Insight: He'll earn $7 million next season. Lind led the Blue Jays in hitting this year with a .288 average in 465 at bats.
Josh Johnson, SP10/2/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Josh Johnson underwent a procedure to remove bone spurs from his right elbow on Tuesday morning. SOURCE: MLB Trade Rumors
Insight: The ailment would explain why Johnson struggled so mightily during his first season with the Blue Jays (2-8, 6.20 ERA). Given his history of injuries and how poorly he pitched in 2013, he's going to be a tough sell on draft day next March.
Brett Lawrie, 3B9/28/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie has a swollen mouth from getting hit by a pitch Friday, but he's still in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Lawrie has been limited to 105 games this season due to an injury, and he's hitting .248 with 11 homers, 45 RBI, 40 runs and nine steals.
Adam Lind, DH9/28/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind (back) is in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Lind has been dealing with back soreness but he's starting Saturday after missing two straight games.
Adam Lind, DH9/26/2013 9:17:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind has crushed Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez to the tune of a .500 average in 16 career at-bats.
Insight: One of Lind's eight hits against Gonzalez left the park. Lind has had a nice bounce-back season with a .285 average, 23 homers, 64 RBI and an .850 OPS after three straight years of subpar production.
Munenori Kawasaki, SS9/25/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki contributed four hits Wednesday in a loss at Baltimore.
Insight: Only one of the hits, a first inning double, went for extra bases. A fan favorite in Toronto, Kawasaki hasn't done much to boost his fantasy resume this season (.237 AVG and just one homer in 232 at bats).
Jose Reyes, SS9/22/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has picked up six hits in 12 at-bats against Boston's Felix Doubront.
Insight: With Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera all out for the season, the Blue Jays lineup is extremely thin. However, Reyes is hitting .328 over his last 16 games and has always done well against Doubront, Sunday's scheduled starter.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/21/2013 6:33:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus will miss the rest of the season with a bruised left eye.
Insight: Rasmus was hit in the eye by a throw during warmups between innings Friday. He'll finish the season hitting .276 with 22 homers and 66 RBI in just 118 games.
Jose Reyes, SS9/20/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is just 1-for-12 against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Another typical season for Reyes, batting .297 with 10 HR, 35 RBI and 15 SB, but also playing just 84 games due to injury. Avoid Friday's matchup.
Adam Lind, DH9/20/2013 10:55:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind is a career .103 hitter (3-for-29) against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Lind hit .246 with a .724 OPS over his previous three seasons, but he has rebounded with 21 homers and a .282/.352/.4886 slash this year. This matchup, however, should be avoided.
Rajai Davis, CF9/20/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis has excellent statistics against Boston left-hander Jon Lester, batting .303 (10-for-33) with five extra base hits.
Insight: Davis, who has posted a 40-steal season for the second year, is 4-of-5 in stolen base attempts against the lefty.
Todd Redmond, SP9/19/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Jays righthander Todd Redmond was outstanding Thursday in a win over New York (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 K's, 1 BB).
Insight: It's Redmond's fourth win of the season. He's undefeated in his last four outings with a 2.63 ERA and 23 strikeouts during that stretch.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/19/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion had surgery on his wrist today. SOURCE: Scott MacArthur, TSN
Insight: The timetable for his recovery is about two months. Encarnacion (.272, 36 HR, 104 RBI) had an excellent season at the plate and there's no reason to think he won't be able to do it again in 2014.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/19/2013 10:47:00 AM
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus has homered in four straight games since returning from an oblique injury, but his streak should come to an end Thursday with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound for New York.
Insight: Rasmus is 3-for-27 (.077) with 11 K against the Yankees hurler. He's hitting .277 with 22 homers, 66 RBI and an .841 OPS this season but is not likely to contribute Thursday.
J.P. Arencibia, C9/19/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia will enter Thursday's game against the Yankees with nine hits in 21 career at-bats against Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Arencibia is only batting .199 with a pitiful 140/18 K/BB, but he does have 20 home runs and has picked up three doubles and a longball off Kuroda.
R.A. Dickey, SP9/17/2013 9:38:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey blanked the Yankees over seven innings Tuesday to improve to 13-12. He struck out eight, walked two and allowed four hits.
Insight: Dickey has had an up-and-down season but he has gone 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA over his last 10 starts to lower his ERA from 4.86 to 4.21.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/17/2013 5:24:00 PM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion will miss the rest of the season due to his wrist injury.
Insight: Encarnacion will undergo left wrist surgery, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. The DH has been dealing with soreness for a few weeks and missed nearly a week before returning for three games this past weekend. He'll finish with a .272 average, 36 homers, 104 RBI, 90 runs and a .904 OPS in 530 at-bats.
Rajai Davis, CF9/17/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis has excellent statistics against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Davis, who has posted a 40-steal season for the second year is 11-for-20 (.550) with a double, triple and a home run against Pettitte.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/15/2013 1:11:00 PM
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Rasmus has done nothing but hit since his return from the DL (two homers in his last two games). He'll take a breather and let Anthony Gose handle things out in center field.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/14/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus launched his second homer in as many days Saturday in a 4-3 win over Baltimore.
Insight: Rasmus has now hit 20 or more homers in three of his last four seasons. His 4.2 wins above replacement in 2013 are a career-high.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/14/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus is 5-for-11 against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: The just activated Rasmus had two hits on Friday night and gets a favorable matchup on Saturday afternoon. When in the lineup, Rasmus is batting .275 with 19 HR and 61 RBI.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/13/2013 5:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: It took him about a month to get over his strained oblique. Rasmus is hitting sixth and playing center field Friday against the Orioles.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/13/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion will make his return from a wrist injury Friday night against Baltimore. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: It's Encarnacion's first game since Saturday. Encarnacion ranks third in MLB with 36 homers in 518 at bats this season.
Jose Reyes, SS9/12/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes belted four hits Thursday in a loss to the Angels.
Insight: It's the first time Reyes has had four hits in a game since April. Reyes' batting average (.301) is the highest it's been since August 13th.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/12/2013 5:57:00 PM
Description: Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is still hoping to play this weekend against Baltimore. SOURCE: John Lott, National Post
Insight: He's missed the last month because of a strained oblique. His return could mean less playing time for Anthony Gose (.233, 1 HR, 8 RBI) and Rajai Davis (.264, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 41 SB).
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/12/2013 4:24:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) hopes to return this weekend, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. He said his wrist has been bothering him for two weeks but feels a lot better now than it did on Sunday or Monday.
Insight: Encarnacion hasn't played since Saturday, but he hit off a tee Thursday and will test it in batting practice on Friday. This is encouraging news after manager John Gibbons said Wednesday that Encarnacion might not be able to return this season.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/11/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) could be done for the year, manager John Gibbons said. SOURCE: Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportsnet.ca
Insight: Encarnacion tweaked his wrist Saturda hasn't played since. His wrist is feeling better, but Gibbons says he isn't ready to play and might not have enough time to return this season.
Adam Lind, DH9/11/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind is a career .385 hitter with four extra base hits in 13 at-bats versus Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Lind hit .246 with a .724 OPS over his previous three seasons, but he has rebounded with 19 longballs and a .280/.350/.480 slash this year. He's worthy of a start on Wednesday.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/11/2013 9:18:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion hasn't played since Saturday due to a sore left wrist and is questionable for Wednesday's game with the Angels.
Insight: Encarnacion tweaked his wrist Saturday, missed Sunday's game and wasn't ready to go Tuesday even after Monday's off-day. "Eddy's still a little banged up; his wrist is hurting today," manager John Gibbons said Tuesday, according to MLB.com. He's putting together a second consecutive .900-plus OPS season for fantasy owners and should crack the 40 HR mark again.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/10/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion hasn't played since Saturday due to a sore left wrist.
Insight: Encarnacion tweaked his wrist Saturday, missed Sunday's game and wasn't ready to go Tuesday even after Monday's off-day. "Eddy's still a little banged up; his wrist is hurting today," manager John Gibbons said Tuesday, according to MLB.com. He's considered day-to-day.
Colby Rasmus, CF9/10/2013 5:43:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (oblique) could return by the end of this week, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Rasmus last played Aug. 11. He was quietly having a solid season before the injury, hitting .273 with 18 homers, 60 RBI and an .812 OPS despite striking out 132 times in 439 plate appearances.
Esmil Rogers, RPHot9/8/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers has given up just four hits in 14 innings over his last two starts.
Insight: Rogers beat the Twins Sunday after going 7 2/3 shutout innings. The right-hander had a 5.03 ERA in 111 innings prior to his last two outings.
Adam Lind, DH9/7/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind had a pair of dingers and six RBI Saturday at Minnesota.
Insight: Lind hit .246 with a .724 OPS over his previous three seasons, but he has rebounded with 19 longballs and a .281/.353/.484 slash this year.
Jose Reyes, SS9/7/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is a career .400 hitter (10-for-25) with a 1.084 OPS versus Minnesota starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: Reyes has played well, but as is his habit has been bitten by the injury bug. He's managed just 73 games this season. As always, start him while he's still healthy because it may not last long.
Jose Bautista, RF9/4/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (hip) will miss the rest of the season, according to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star.
Insight: It's the second straight season the team has shut him down due to injury. He hit .259 with 28 home runs, 73 RBI, 82 runs and an .856 OPS in 118 games.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH9/1/2013 8:59:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion has been held to a .192 average in 26 at-bats against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Encarnacion has 34 homers, 99 RBI, 76 walks and just 56 strikeouts this season, but he's hitting .275 due to a .249 BABIP. Don't count on big production Sunday against Shields.
R.A. Dickey, SP8/31/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey held the Royals to two runs on seven hits over eight innings Saturday to improve to 11-12.
Insight: Dickey has whittled his ERA down to 4.30 after going 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA in August. He remains a risky pitcher going into September due to his trouble with the longball.
Mark Buehrle, SPHot8/30/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle has gone 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last eight starts.
Insight: Buehrle tossed seven scoreless frames Friday against the Royals and is now 11-7 with a 3.92 ERA. He has come a long way in a short time since falling to 5-7 with a 4.83 ERA on July 20.
Josh Johnson, SP8/28/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson will miss the rest of the season with a strained forearm. SOURCE: BlueJays.com
Insight: It's not exactly breaking news but it's still worth passing along. After being a perennial All-Star throughout most of his tenure with the Marlins, Johnson's first year in Toronto was his worst yet (2-8, 6.20 ERA). To make matters worse, the injuries just keep piling on. Maybe Johnson will turn things around in 2013 but more likely, he'll continue to disappoint.
Adam Lind, DH8/28/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind has struggled against New York Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda going 1-for-11 (.091) in their matchups.
Insight: Lind is batting .284 with 16 HR and 45 RBI, but just .233 with a .735 OPS in 38 games since the All-Star break. Avoid him.
Jose Reyes, SSHot8/28/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is a career .467 hitter with a 1.267 OPS versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Reyes has played well, but as is his habit has been bitten by the injury bug. He's managed just 65 games this season. He's been hot over the past week, batting .320 over a six-game span and has a favorable matchup - start him.
Adam Lind, DH8/27/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind has struggled against New York lefty Andy Pettitte, going 3-for-21 lifetime with eight strikeouts.
Insight: Lind is batting .284 with 16 HR and 45 RBI, but just .215 against left-handers this season with an ugly .535 OPS so he should not be in your lineup Tuesday.
Rajai Davis, CF8/27/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis has excellent statistics against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Davis, who has posted a 40-steal season for the second year is 9-for-17 (.529) with a triple and a home run against Pettitte.
Josh Johnson, SP8/26/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Dr. James Andrews has diagnosed Toronto righthander Josh Johnson with a strained forearm. SOURCE: John Lott, National Post
Insight: He'll be shut down for at least the next two weeks. With the Blue Jays unlikely to make the playoffs, Johnson (2-8, 6.20 ERA) may just sit out the rest of the season.
Colby Rasmus, CF8/26/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus has had a minor setback in his recovery from a strained oblique. SOURCE: Mike Cormack, Sportsnet
Insight: He's been on the DL since August 11th. Rasmus was expected to be back near the end of the month but that's no longer a possibility.
J.P. Arencibia, C8/26/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Monday would be a good day for Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia to get a rest as he's 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts in his matchups against Yankees starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Arencibia is three long balls away from his career high (23 in 2011), but continues to hit for a low average (.214) and strike out at a poor rate (125 in 418 plate appearances).
Mark Buehrle, SP8/25/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle won his fifth decision in a row Sunday against Houston.
Insight: Buehrle gave up one run on seven hits over eight innings. Sunday was just Buehrle's third road win of the season. His next start will be at home where he's 7-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 13 starts.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH8/25/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion has homered in two straight games and went 1-for-1 with a homer, three walks and two runs Saturday night at Houston.
Insight: Prior to the last two games, Encarnacion only had two homers all month. He's batting .274 with 33 home runs, 95 RBI, a .906 OPS and 71 walks with only 55 strikeouts. The DH has only fanned 22 times over his last 316 plate appearances (7.0 percent K rate), an unreal rate for a power hitter.
Chien-Ming Wang, SP8/24/2013 6:34:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays have called up righthander Chien-Ming Wang to start Saturday against Houston.
Insight: Wang is 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA in five appearances for the Jays this season. His last outing came against Detroit on July 2nd. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs in a no-decision.
Maicer Izturis, 2B8/22/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Jays second baseman Maicer Izturis has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Izturis sprained his ankle Tuesday against the Yankees. Munenori Kawasaki (.219, 1 HR, 22 RBI) will get most of the playing time at second base while Izturis is out.
Melky Cabrera, CF8/22/2013 2:28:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera is not expected to return from a knee injury this season, according to Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Cabrera hasn't played since Aug. 1 due to a left knee strain. He'll finish the season with a .279 average, three homers, 30 RBI and a .682 OPS in 88 games if he doesn't make it back.
Jose Reyes, SSCold8/22/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is hitting .160 (4-for-25) over his last seven games and he has never had much success against Andy Pettitte of the Yankees.
Insight: Reyes is just 5-for-22 (.227) with zero extra-base hits and four strikeouts against Pettitte. Given his cold streak lately, Thursday would be a good day to sit him.
Rajai Davis, CF8/22/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis has terrific numbers against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Davis, who is two steals away from his second straight 40-steal season, is 8-for-15 (.533) with a triple and a home run against Pettitte.
Adam Lind, DH8/22/2013 8:58:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind has struggled against New York lefty Andy Pettitte, going 3-for-21 lifetime with eight K.
Insight: Lind is hitting .221 (17-for-77) with a .549 OPS against left-handers this season and is batting .217 since the All-Star break.
Jose Bautista, RF8/20/2013 11:02:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (hip) has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip bone bruise. He'll be shut down for two weeks and then reevaluated.
Insight: According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Bautista said the only way to treat his injury is rest. "Just rest. There’s no surgery, no more aggressive therapy or way to heal it. It’s just resting." Bautista said his injury didn't happen against Boston, but that it occured about two weeks ago when he pulled up while scoring and jammed his hip.
Jose Bautista, RF8/20/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (hip) is undergoing tests on his left hip, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Bautista injured his hip on a slide into home last week against Boston and aggravated the injury Tuesday against the Yankees during Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Jose Bautista, RF8/20/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista left Tuesday's first game of a doubleheader with a sore left hip.
Insight: Bautista hasn't posted an OPS over .900 since May and now a sore hip. He's considered day-to-day.
Jose Bautista, RF8/20/2013 11:02:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has a .563 OBP against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (four hits, five BB in 16 plate appearances).
Insight: Bautista is hitting .292 in August and hasn't posted an OPS over .900 since May. We are still waiting for that monster home run barrage we have come to expect from the slugger.
Jose Reyes, SSCold8/20/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes missed Saturday and Sunday's game because of a right knee injury, but is in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the New York Yankees.
Insight: Reyes' average has fallen from .311 to .291 over the last week (2-for-22 in his past five games). Hopefully, the weekend off will help him get restarted again.
Jose Reyes, SSCold8/19/2013 12:52:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes missed Saturday and Sunday's game against the Rays because of a right knee injury, but is questionable for Tuesday's doubleheader against the NY Yankees
Insight: Reyes' average has fallen from .311 to .291 over the last week (2-for-22 in his past five games).
Edwin Encarnacion, DH8/18/2013 6:29:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion only has two homers this month.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with a solo shot Sunday against the Rays. Encarnacion has hit no less than six homers in any other month this year.
Adam Lind, DH8/18/2013 8:58:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind left the yard twice in Saturday's victory over Tampa Bay.
Insight: That's how many homers Lind (.280, 16 HR, 44 RBI) had all of last month. He's had a good series so far with four hits in his first eight at bats.
Jose Reyes, SSCold8/17/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is missing Saturday's game against the Rays because of a right knee injury. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: He won't play in Sunday's game either. Reyes' average has fallen from .311 to .291 over the last week (2-for-22 in his past five games).
Adam Lind, 1B8/17/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is 5-for-13 (.385) with two homers against Rays starter Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Lind hasn't done much over the past four weeks, batting just .195 over a 26-game span, but he did bang out a pair of hits in the first game of the series.
Brett Lawrie, 3B8/16/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie is hitless in 16 career at-bats versus Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Lawrie missed all of June and half of July because of a sprained ankle. He's put together an excellent August, batting .423 with a 1.070 OPS over 14 games, but this unfavorable matchup should be avoided.
Jose Bautista, RFHot8/16/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 8-for-21 (.381) with three homers and a 1.411 OPS versus Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Bautista is hitting .315 in August, but he hasn't posted an OPS over .900 since May and we are still waiting for that monster home run barrage we have come to expect from the slugger.
Jose Bautista, RF8/15/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 2-for-14 (.143) with zero RBI and four K against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Bautista is hitting .320 in August, .287 with seven home runs since the All-Star break and .313 with a .992 OPS at home this season, so we recommend you play him Thursday against visiting Boston, even with Peavy on the mound.
Rajai Davis, CF8/14/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Jays center fielder Rajai Davis tormented the Red Sox with three hits Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Insight: Davis used his speed to stretch two singles into doubles and he later scored the game-winning run on a Brett Lawrie walkoff single. He also produced the most memorable highlight of the night by scoring on a series of errors in the third inning. Davis was hitless in his last 16 at bats before tonight so consistency has been an issue for the 32-year-old.
Colby Rasmus, CF8/14/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a left oblique strain.
Insight: Rasmus (.273, 18 HR, 60 RBI) likely will be out into September, as oblique injuries have a tendency to heal slowly. The outfielder has had his most consistent major league season this year after hitting .224 with a .689 OPS over his last two campaigns.
Adam Lind, 1B8/14/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is 3-for-29 (.103) with 12 strikeouts against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Given those numbers he'll likely get the day off, but even if he plays, fantasy owners should remove him from their lineups in this unfavorable matchup.
Colby Rasmus, CF8/13/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus (abdominal) could be placed on the disabled list Wednesday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: It all depends how Rasmus (.273, 18 HR, 60 RBI) feels Wednesday. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said that if Rasmus "doesn't show significant improvement," he'll need a DL stint.
Josh Johnson, SP8/13/2013 6:08:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays placed Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm injury.
Insight: Johnson threw five scoreless innings his last time on the mound after allowing 43 runs (37 earned) on 56 hits in his previous 37 1/3 innings. He has a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings this season.
Colby Rasmus, CF8/13/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus (abdominal) is out again Tuesday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Toronto manager John Gibbons says Rasmus (.273, 18 HR, 60 RBI) is better and that he hopes he can play Wednesday.
Colby Rasmus, CF8/12/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus missed Monday's game against Oakland because of a tweaked abdominal muscle. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: It's not considered a serious injury. Rasmus (.273, 18 HR, 60 RBI) shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
J.A. Happ, SP8/12/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Toronto lefthander J.A. Happ has been placed on bereavement leave.
Insight: Happ (2-2, 5.11 ERA) should be back in time for his next start Saturday against Tampa Bay.
J.A. Happ, SP8/12/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: After giving up seven runs in his first start in three months, Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ was on target for seven innings Monday afternoon.
Insight: Happ yielded a leadoff home run to Chris Young, but gave up only two hits the rest of the day while striking out six and walking two.
Jose Reyes, SSHot8/10/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hit his ninth home run Saturday against Oakland, which is just two fewer than he had all of last season.
Insight: Reyes has reached nine homers in just 50 games; it took him 160 last year to hit 11. He's batting .309 with 28 RBI and 34 runs in his first season in Toronto.
Jose Bautista, RF8/10/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: Bautista has reached 27 home runs, which is as many as he had last season through 92 games last year before a wrist injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. It took him a little longer this year, 17 games to be exact. The right fielder is 15-for-30 (.500) with three doubles, one home run, five RBI and a 1/5 K/BB over his last eight games.
J.P. Arencibia, C8/9/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia is a late scratch for Wednesday's game with Seattle due to a sore right knee and is questionable for Friday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Arencibia is having a pretty typical season, hitting for good power (17 HR) but with lots of strikeouts (111 whiffs in 355 at bats). Josh Thole has started the last three games, but has little-to-no fantasy value.
Mark DeRosa, 3B8/8/2013 10:22:00 AM
Description: The Blue Jays have decided to keep third baseman Mark DeRosa. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: DeRosa was claimed off waivers but instead of facilitating a trade the Jays are just going to hold onto him. A part-time player, DeRosa is hitting .231 this season with 7 HR and 29 RBI.
J.P. Arencibia, C8/7/2013 4:03:00 PM
Description: Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia is a late scratch for Wednesday's game with Seattle due to a sore right knee.
Insight: Josh Thole will get the start in his place. Arencibia is having a pretty typical season, hitting for good power (17 HR) but with lots of strikeouts (111 whiffs in 355 at bats).
J.A. Happ, SP8/6/2013 9:10:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and is expected to start on Wednesday.
Insight: Happ hasn't pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on May 7. He's made seven starts this season, going 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.55 WHIP and didn't look very good in three Triple-A rehab starts (6.75 ERA) so still has very little fantasy value.
Melky Cabrera, CF8/5/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera, on the disabled list with a strained left knee, will not face any additional punishment beyond the 50 games he served last season, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: Cabrera has just three homers, 30 RBI two steals and a .682 OPS - a far cry from the pre-suspended Cabrera production. At this point in time, Rajai Davis is the better fantasy option anyway and he'll get most of Cabrera's at-bats.
Brett Lawrie, 3B8/5/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie is hitless in eight career at-bats versus Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma with four strikeouts.
Insight: Lawrie missed all of June and half of July because of a sprained ankle. He's just starting to hit up to his potential, batting .311 over the past two weeks, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Steve Delabar, RPCold8/4/2013 3:20:00 PM
Description: Toronto relief pitcher Steve Delabar has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's out with right shoulder inflammation. Delabar has struggled mightily since the All-Star break, collecting a 9.39 ERA in eight appearances. The righthander was 5-1 with a 1.71 ERA in the first half of the season.
Adam Lind, 1B8/4/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is 5-for-10 with three extra base hits and a 1.683 OPS versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Lind is just 1-for-10 in the first three games of the four-game set with the Angels, but has a favorable matchup. Lind is batting .284 with 13 HR and 40 RBI in 95 games.
Rajai Davis, CF8/2/2013 9:10:00 AM
Description: Toronto outfielder Rajai Davis should get a chance to play everyday with Melky Cabrera sidelined by a knee injury.
Insight: Davis won't produce prower, but he's an excellent speed option. He's batting .276 with 31 runs scored and 31 stolen bases in just 192 at-bats.
Melky Cabrera, CF8/2/2013 9:08:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera was placed on the disabled list with a strained left knee.
Insight: Cabrera has just three homers, 30 RBI two steals and a .682 OPS - a far cry from the pre-suspended Cabrera production. At this point in time, Rajai Davis is the better fantasy option anyway and he'll get most of Cabrera's at-bats.
Sergio Santos, RP8/1/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Toronto righthander Sergio Santos has been activated from the 60-day DL.
Insight: Elbow issues have sidelined Santos since April. He's not expected to have any fantasy value aside from leagues that use holds as a rotisserie category.
Rajai Davis, CF7/28/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Rajai Davis swiped four bases and went 1-for-3 with a walk Sunday against the Astros.
Insight: Davis stole third base three times. The outfielder has 31 steals this season and is headed for his fourth 40-steal season in the last five years.
Melky Cabrera, CF7/28/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a double Sunday against the Astros.
Insight: Cabrera has just three homers, 30 RBI two steals and a 5.5 percent extra-base hit rate in 356 plate appearances. He's batting .284, but his OPS is under .700.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot7/27/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion stayed hot by crushing four hits Saturday in a loss to Houston.
Insight: All four hits were singles. So far in the series, Encarnacion is 7-for-8 with two homers and six RBI. At the start of the series, his batting average was at .264. Now he's all the way up to .277.
Josh Johnson, SPCold7/27/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson dropped to 1-7 after allowing seven runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Astros.
Insight: If Johnson can't be trusted against the lowly Astros, he can't be trusted against anybody. The righty has allowed 19 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last three starts and owns a 6.08 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP this season. It's time to move on.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH7/26/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Friday against the Astros, Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion smashed two homers in one inning.
Insight: And the second one was a grand slam. You don't see that too often. The home runs came as part of an eight-run seventh inning that sent 11 men to the plate. Encarnacion finished the night with three hits and five RBI. He's now third in the American League in home runs (28) and RBI (80). He trails Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis in both categories.
Mark Buehrle, SP7/25/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle fired a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts against the woeful Houston Astros Thursday night.
Insight: Buehrle came in having allowed 139 hits and 66 earned runs in 123 innings this season, so facing the Astros was a nice relief for the left-hander. It doesn't mean that he's a fantasy option, however.
Brandon Morrow, SP7/25/2013 5:13:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (forearm) will miss six more weeks due to an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.
Insight: His season is likely over after Dr. James Andrews made that diagnosis. The right-hander hasn't pitched since leaving a start on May 28 with a sore forearm.
Jose Reyes, SSHot7/24/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career .340 hitter versus Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco with a decent .963 OPS.
Insight: Reyes is 7-for-22 since the All-Star break and homered on Tuesday night. One interesting note - he's just 2-for-5 in stolen base attempts against Nolasco.
Melky Cabrera, CF7/24/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera is 6-for-13 with a 1.231 OPS versus new Dodgers acquistion Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Knee tendinitis had sidelined Cabrera for three weeks, but he's been back for three games and should be ready to put up some numbers as the No. 2 guy in the Toronto lineup.
Jose Bautista, RF7/23/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has homered in three of five games since the All-Star break.
Insight: All five games came at Rogers Centre, where Bautista has a .327 average, 11 homers and an OPS above 1.000, compared to .188 with 12 homers and a .689 OPS on the road.
Jose Reyes, SS7/23/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has five multi-hit efforts in his last eight games.
Insight: Reyes went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Dodgers and is providing strong production from the shortstop position -- .321, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 10 SB, 23 R in 32 games.
Jose Reyes, SS7/21/2013 5:45:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and a steal Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: He's hitting .321 with three homers, eight RBI and five steals over his last 19 games.
R.A. Dickey, SP7/21/2013 5:41:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey has allowed 23 homers in 134 2/3 innings this season, just one less than he gave up in 233 2/3 frames last season.
Insight: In addition, his K/9 is down from 8.86 to 6.68 and his BB/9 is up from 2.08 to 3.21. Add all that up and you have a pitcher who is 8-11 with a 4.75 ERA.
J.P. Arencibia, C7/21/2013 1:03:00 PM
Description: Toronto backstop J.P. Arencibia will have the afternoon off Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Josh Thole will get the start in his place. Arencibia is having a pretty typical season, hitting for good power (16 HR) but with lots of strikeouts (100 whiffs in 316 at bats).
Melky Cabrera, CF7/21/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Sportsnet's Tony Ambrogio reports Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Knee tendinitis has sidelined Cabrera since June 27th. His .683 OPS is more than 200 points lower than the one he posted in San Francisco last season (.906 in 113 games).
Adam Lind, 1B7/20/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind will bat cleanup and start at first base in Saturday's game versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lind had a five-game hitting streak end on Friday night when he popped up as a pinch hitter for Mark DeRosa in the eighth inning. He's had a nice season, batting .305 with 11 HR and 37 RBI in 80 games.
Brett Lawrie, 3B7/20/2013 9:18:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie is hitless in 14 career at-bats versus Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Lawrie missed all of June and half of July because of a sprained ankle. He's been starting at second base, not third base, since his return and should gain eligibility at that position shortly. He's not a good play on Saturday.
Jose Bautista, RF7/20/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered in a favorable matchup on Friday night and has another favorable matchup on Saturday.
Insight: Bautista is a .389 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.365 OPS against Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Add in his success during the day this season (1.099 OPS vs. .676 at night) and Bautista is a must start.
J.P. Arencibia, C7/19/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is just 1-for-13 (.077) with eight strikeouts against Rays left-hander David Price.
Insight: Arencibia is batting .221 with 16 homers, 42 RBI and a .675 OPS. His 98/13 K/BB makes him nearly unplayable for fantasy owners except during the occasional hot streak. Friday doesn't figure to be one of them.
Jose Bautista, RF7/19/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .353 hitter with four home runs versus Tampa Bay ace David Price.
Insight: Bautista is hitting just .094 over the past eight games and has always hit a little better in the first half versus the second half (.870 OPS vs. .809 OPS), but has always hit Price well.
Josh Johnson, SP7/17/2013 6:04:00 PM
Description: According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Blue Jays aren't looking to trade starter Josh Johnson.
Insight: With the way he's been pitching, the Jays wouldn't be able to get much in return for him. Johnson's 5.16 ERA is his highest since 2007. The slumping righthander will make his first start of the second half next week against the Dodgers.
Adam Lind, 1B7/14/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind owns a .353 lifetime average in 17 at-bats against Orioles starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Three of Lind's six hits against Feldman left the ballpark. The first baseman has cooled off in July and has a 37/4 K/BB over his last 37 games after posting a 22/21 K/BB over his first 41. However, he should be in your lineup Sunday.
Jose Bautista, RFCold7/14/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has gone just 2-for-22 (.091) during Toronto's current road trip, but he has a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: Bautista is hitting .190 on the road for the season, compared to .343 at home. However, seeing Scott Feldman, a pitcher he is 5-for-11 (.455) with two doubles and one homer against, could jumpstart his bat.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH7/13/2013 9:08:00 PM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion hit a first-inning two-run homer off Baltimore starter Jason Hammel Saturday.
Insight: Encarnacion came in with strong numbers against Hammel, and he added to them quickly. The DH has 25 home runs, 71 RBI and 59 runs in what has been a nice followup campaign to his breakout 2012.
Brett Lawrie, 3B7/13/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Lawrie missed all of June and half of July because of a sprained ankle. Interestingly, he played second base during his rehab assignment. We know he has talent, but its been since the second half of 2011 since we've seen it on display. Latest update - He is starting at second base and batting eighth.
Brett Lawrie, 3B7/13/2013 12:50:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Lawrie missed all of June and half of July because of a sprained ankle. Interestingly, he played second base during his rehab assignment. We know he has talent, but its been since the second half of 2011 since we've seen it on display.
J.A. Happ, SP7/13/2013 11:54:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ has been sent on a rehab assignment.
Insight: Happ hasn't pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on May 7. The left-hander's head injuries have healed but he also suffered a sprained knee on the play. He's still not expected to return to the big club until August and has little fantasy value.
Jose Bautista, RFCold7/13/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just 2-for-14 (.143) against Orioles starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Bautista is just 2-for-24 over his last six games and despite 20 homers his OPS (.853) is still the lowest it has been since 2009 - before he became an offensive force. Saturday could be a good day to sit him.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH7/13/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is 6-for-14 with a pair of homers and a 1.357 OPS against Baltimore starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Encarnacion opened the series with a two-hit game, including a home run and has a favorable matchup on Saturday - start him.
Brett Lawrie, 3B7/12/2013 7:36:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays were hoping to get Brett Lawrie back on Friday night but he's still not in the lineup.
Insight: Lawrie missed all of June because of a sprained ankle. It appears he's done with his rehab but Toronto might opt to play it safe and wait until after the All-Star break to activate him.
Jose Bautista, RF7/12/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just 6-for-15 (.400) with two home runs against Orioles starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Bautista has had a tough week, batting just .105 over the past five games and despite 20 homers his OPS (.865) is still the lowest it has been since 2009 - before he became an offensive force.
Melky Cabrera, CF7/11/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera (knee) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo Friday, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Cabrera will return after the All-Star break. He has been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee.
Steve Delabar, RP7/11/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar won the "Final Vote" competition for the last spot on the AL All-Star team.
Insight: The American League ballot included five relievers, and Delabar beat out Joaquin Benoit, David Robertson, Tanner Scheppers and Koji Uehara. Delabar is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this season.
Brett Lawrie, 3B7/10/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays are considering moving Brett Lawrie (sprained ankle) to second base, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons likes the athleticism of a middle infield pairing of Jose Reyes and Lawrie. Lawrie has been playing second base during his minor league rehab assignment. Mark DeRosa and Maicer Izturis would split time at third base if Lawrie moves to second.
Brandon Morrow, SP7/9/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (forearm) threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since going on the DL with forearm soreness, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Morrow is still without a timetable for a return. He'll need at least three rehab starts and is doubtful to return before August.
Josh Johnson, SP7/9/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays pitcher Josh Johnson had his best start since June 17 Tuesday with seven innings of three-hit baseball versus the Indians, but he still lost his fourth game of the season.
Insight: Johnson allowed two runs in seven innings and the Blue Jays were shut out. The right-hander has a 4.62 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP through 60 1/3 innings this season.
Melky Cabrera, CF7/9/2013 7:46:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera (knee) could be ready to start his rehab assignment later this week, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Cabrera won't return until after the All-Star break, however. He's dealing with tendinitis in his left knee.
Jose Bautista, RF7/9/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just 1-for-16 with four strikeouts against Cleveland right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Bautista has hit .372 over the past dozen games with four homers to reach the 20 HR mark, but his OPS (.877) is still the lowest it has been since 2009 - before he became an offensive force.
Colby Rasmus, CF7/7/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus had a big day at the plate Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, two runs and a walk.
Insight: Rasmus has 16 homers and is slugging .476 this season, but he has struck out in a career-high 31.5 percent of his plate appearances and is lucky to be batting .250.
Rajai Davis, CF7/7/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Rajai Davis snapped out of his recent cold streak by going 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, three runs, a walk and a stolen base Sunday versus the Twins.
Insight: Davis went 1-for-17 in his previous five games. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect too many homers from the outfielder, but his speed (22 SB) is certainly useful.
Jose Reyes, SS7/7/2013 6:20:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hit his fourth homer of the season Sunday.
Insight: Reyes is hitting .311 with three homers and 10 runs in 45 at-bats since returning from his ankle injury.
J.P. Arencibia, C7/6/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game with Minnesota. No injury, just regular rest for a catcher on a day game following a night game.
Insight: Arencibia is batting .218 with 15 homers, 38 RBI and a .667 OPS. His 93/10 K/BB makes him nearly unplayable for fantasy owners except during the occasional hot streak.
Jose Bautista, RFHot7/5/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista slammed his 20th home run of the season as he led the Blue Jays to a 4-0 victory on Friday night.
Insight: Bautista is 13-for-25 (.520) with four homers, nine runs and seven RBI over his last seven games. He's in one of those streaks where you must start him every day, no matter the matchup history.
Jose Reyes, SS7/5/2013 10:55:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes banged out three hits on Friday to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Insight: Reyes is 13-for-36 (.361) over the eight games. He appears to be rounding into form after missiing eight weeks to injury. Make sure he's in your lineup on a daily basis.
Mark Buehrle, SP7/5/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Toronto lefthander Mark Buehrle threw seven shutout innings on the way to evening up his record to 5-5.
Insight: Buehrle had been ugly in his past two outings, yielding four earned runs in each. Despite the big effort, he's too inconsistent to be relied upon in any fantasy rotation with a 4.50 ERA and 1.363 WHIP.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH7/4/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (hamstring, wrist) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: He hasn't played since June 30 due to a bum hamstring and a sore wrist. The DH will return to a tough matchup against Justin Verlander, who he is 2-for-16 with two homers against.
Jose Bautista, RFHot7/4/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista only has 10 at-bats against Tigers starter Justin Verlander, but he has gone 3-for-10 with two doubles and a home run.
Insight: Bautista is 10-for-17 with three homers and five RBI over his last five games, and Verlander hasn't been as dominant this season as he has in the past. That means Bautista could be in for a big day.
Adam Lind, 1B7/3/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind (back) returned to the lineup Wednesday and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Insight: Lind started out with a 23/21 K/BB over the first two months of the season, but he's posted a 27/3 K/BB since then. He hit .346 in April and .350 in May, but that declining K/BB is a cause for concern.
Brandon Morrow, SP7/3/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (forearm) finally is pain free and has started throwing on flat ground, according to the National Post.
Insight: Morrow will to rebuild his arm strength and need at least three rehab starts, so he is unlikely to return to the rotation until August.
J.A. Happ, SP7/3/2013 5:45:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ is still dealing with knee soreness and likely won't be back until August, according to the National Post.
Insight: Happ hasn't pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on May 7. The left-hander's head injuries have healed but he also suffered a sprained knee on the play that is still giving him problems.
J.P. Arencibia, C7/3/2013 5:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is back in the lineup Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game due to a sore shoulder.
Insight: Arencibia is batting .219 with 15 homers, 38 RBI and a .674 OPS. His 90/9 K/BB makes him nearly unplayable for fantasy owners.
Adam Lind, 1B7/3/2013 5:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is back in the lineup Wednesday, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Lind, who is hitting .327 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and a .934 OPS in 68 games, has been out with a mid-back injury since leaving Sunday's game.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH7/3/2013 4:41:00 PM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (hamstring, wrist) will miss Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
Insight: Encarnacion's wrist has been bothering him for a while, but it's his tight hamstring that is the concern right now. This will be his third straight absence.
Jose Bautista, RFHot7/3/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) against Detroit ace right-hander Max Scherzer with a 1.734 OPS.
Insight: Bautista is on fire, going 9-for-17 over his last five games with three homers and five RBI. The only question is whether the Tigers will pitch to him if his protection, Edwin Encarnacion (hamstring), misses the game.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH7/2/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was a last-minute scratch from Monday's lineup against the Tigers due to wrist and hamstring tightness and is not in Tuesday's lineup either.
Insight: Encarnacion's wrist has been bothering him and his hamstring was a little tight Monday. Fantasy owners can't afford to have Edwin's bat out of the lineup as he's been a huge power producer this season with 23 HR, 66 RBI and an .887 OPS.
Rajai Davis, CFHot7/2/2013 10:15:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis is 12-for-28 (.429) against Detroit starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Davis is on a modest six game hitting streak which includes six runs scored and seven stolen bases. Tuesday is a favorable matchup for you to take advantage.
Adam Lind, 1B7/2/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind's mid-back tightness kept him out of the lineup Monday and he could be sidelined for a few more games.
Insight: Lind, who is putting together a huge season, is hitting .327 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and a .934 OPS in 68 games. He left Sunday's game with the ailment. If his back doesn't feel better in a few days, he'll probably end up on the disabled list.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot7/2/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Toronto 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was a last-minute scratch from Monday's lineup against the Tigers due to wrist and hamstring tightness and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Encarnacion's wrist has been bothering him and his hamstring was a little tight Monday. Fantasy owners can't afford to have Edwin's bat out of the lineup as he's been a huge power producer this season with 23 HR, 66 RBI and an .887 OPS.
R.A. Dickey, SPHot7/1/2013 7:41:00 PM
Description: Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 K's) notched his eighth win of the season Monday in a matinee against the Tigers.
Insight: Dickey is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last two appearances. He has a 10:2 strikeout to walk ratio over that span.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot7/1/2013 1:16:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Tigers due to wrist and hamstring tightness, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Encarnacion's wrist has been bothering him and his hamstring was a little tight Monday. It doesn't sound like a serious concern, however.
Adam Lind, 1B7/1/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind's mid-back tightness will keep him out of the lineup Monday, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Lind, who is hitting .327 with 11 homers and 33 RBI this season, left Sunday's game with the ailment. If his back doesn't feel better in a few days, he'll probably hit the disabled list.
Adam Lind, 1B6/30/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays are calling Adam Lind day-to-day after the first baseman tweaked his back Sunday against Boston. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: The Jays don't have a day off tomorrow so it's unlikely Lind (.327, 11 HR, 33 RBI) will be in the lineup Monday against Detroit. If this injury sends Lind to the DL, Edwin Encarnacion (.270, 23 HR, 66 RBI) would see most of the action at first base.
Jose Bautista, RFHot6/30/2013 5:31:00 PM
Description: Jays right fielder Jose Bautista smacked another home run Sunday against the Red Sox.
Insight: It tied the game at four in the ninth inning. Bautista is 5-for-9 over his last two games with three homers and four RBI. The solo jack on Sunday was Bautista's 17th in 38 career games at Fenway Park.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/30/2013 2:53:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind left Sunday's game with mid-back tightness, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: An injury to Lind wouldn't have been a big deal in the last few years, but he has been a fantastic hitter this season and hit .350 with seven homers and 22 RBI in June. It's a shame he has to end the month this way.
Melky Cabrera, CF6/30/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera's MRI revealed tendinitis in his left knee, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, but he should be fine after a couple weeks of rest.
Esmil Rogers, RP6/29/2013 8:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers had his best start of the season Saturday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Rogers struck out six, walked one and allowed just six hits and zero runs over six innings. The right-hander has gone 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in five starts since joining the starting rotation.
Jose Reyes, SS6/29/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI Saturday at Boston.
Insight: Reyes is 3-for-16 (.188) in four games since returning from the disabled list.
Rajai Davis, CF6/29/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis reached base three times and stole two bases Saturday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Davis is hitting .314 and has 18 steals this year. Toronto's fourth outfielder has swiped an average of 43 bags over the previous four seasons.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/29/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind had three hits, including a triple, with one RBI in four at-bats Saturday against Felix Doubront and the Red Sox.
Insight: You'll notice that the Blue Jays are starting to play Lind against lefties more often after starting him only against righties for most of the year. That should help his homer, run and RBI totals, but could hurt his batting average. He's hitting .364 in 44 at-bats against left-handers this year, but is a career .228 hitter against southpaws.
Jose Bautista, RF6/29/2013 7:49:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista slammed two homers and drove in three runs Saturday at Boston.
Insight: Bautista had hit just one homer in his previous 14 games and is still batting just .194 in June. His OPS was .931 at the end of May but it has dropped 95 points to .836.
Jose Reyes, SS6/29/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career 6-for-9 (.667) against Boston starter Felix Doubront.
Insight: Reyes is just 1-for-11 since returning from injury. Perhaps this matchup will get him started.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/27/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus has gone 3-for-15 (.200) with five strikeouts against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.
Insight: Rasmus, who is batting .242 with 14 homers and 37 RBI this season, is 18-for-77 (.234) with a .636 OPS against lefties this season. He shouldn't be in any lineups Thursday. UPDATE: Rasmus is getting Thursday off.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/27/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised if Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind isn't in the lineup Thursday with left-hander Jon Lester on the mound. Lind hasn't played much against lefties this season, and he has terrible numbers against Lester on top of that.
Insight: Lind is hitting .354 with 11 doubles and 11 homers over his last 43 games, but he is just 3-for-29 (.103) with 12 strikeouts and zero RBI against Lester. Even if he is in Toronto's lineup Thursday, he shouldn't be in yours. UPDATE: Lind is getting Thursday off.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot6/27/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion doesn't have good numbers against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, but you cannot remove him from the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Encarnacion is just 5-for-30 (.167) against Lester, but given Lester's struggles over the past month and Encarnacion's .989 OPS in June, he's a must-start.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/26/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind has homered five times in his last 11 games and seven times in June.
Insight: Lind is hitting .354 with 11 doubles and 11 homers over his last 43 games and is a must-own in all leagues while he's still hot. However, he has posted a 21/3 K/BB in June after putting up a 19/21 K/BB over the first two months of the season. He could be due for a cold streak soon.
R.A. Dickey, SP6/26/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays hurler R.A. Dickey authored his first shutout of the season, yielding just two harmless hits, to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Insight: Dickey posted three shutouts en route to an NL Cy Young award last season with the Mets but has struggled in his first year with Toronto. Heading into this contest, he had a 6-8 record with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.395 WHIP.
J.P. Arencibia, C6/26/2013 11:53:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has Wednesday afternoon off - Josh Thole will get the start.
Insight: Typical day game after a night game off for Arencibia, who has hit 15 homers this season, but still struggles with the strikeout and a low batting average.
Jose Reyes, SS6/26/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has been activated and will be the team's leadoff hitter for Wednesday afternoon's game with Tampa Bay.
Insight: Reyes has been out since mid-April with a sprained left ankle. He was playing well at the time, batting .395 with five RBI, five runs and five stolen bases through his first 10 games.
Jose Bautista, RF6/26/2013 9:23:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 4-for-9 (.444) with three extra base hits against Rays starter Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Bautista isn't hitting for a high average and wasn't a big part of the recent 11-game winning streak as he's batted just .133 with one home run over the past 12 games. He's smacked 16 homers and has knocked in 43 runs.
J.A. Happ, SP6/25/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ threw batting practice Monday, according to Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Happ hasn't pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on May 7. He suffered a fractured skull and a sprained right knee on the play. The lefty expects to return to the rotation around the All-Star break.
Brett Lawrie, 3B6/25/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie (sprained left ankle) will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday, according to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
Insight: Lawrie exploded onto the fantasy scene in the second half of 2011, but disappointed fantasy owners last season and has done little to excite then this year (.209, 5 HR, 14 RBI). He has been out since May 27.
Jose Reyes, SS6/24/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: According to Sportsnet's Shi Davidi, Jays shortstop Jose Reyes could be back with the team as early as Wednesday. Reyes is finishing up a minor league rehab assignment.
Insight: Reyes will suit up for Triple-A Buffalo on Monday before joining Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday. He's been out since mid-April with a sprained left ankle.
Jose Bautista, RF6/24/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 7-for-15 (.467) with a pair of home runs and a 1.622 OPS versus Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: While the Blue Jays are on fire with 11 consecutive wins, Bautista hasn't been a big part of the offense. He's batting just .163 during the 11-game win streak. Perhaps this matchup can help kick start his bat.
Jose Reyes, SS6/23/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes (ankle) will be activated from the disabled list Thursday, GM Alex Anthopoulos said, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
Insight: Reyes will finish up his rehab assignment early this week with Double-A New Hampshire. The shortstop hasn't played since suffering a severe left ankle sprain on April 12. He was hitting .395 with five steals and a .991 OPS at the time of his injury.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/23/2013 7:12:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus went yard Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: It was Rasmus' only hit of the game. The outfielder has 14 homers this season, but he's lucky to be batting .243 with his 33.1 percent strikeout rate.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot6/23/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion has blasted at least six homers in each of the first three months this season.
Insight: Encarnacion went 3-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and two runs Sunday against the Orioles. The DH has 21 homers this season, second in the American League.
Jose Bautista, RF6/23/2013 7:05:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista ended his week on a good note, going 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs and three RBI Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: Bautista went 4-for-31 (.129) with zero homers and seven K from June 13-21, but he was 2-for-7 with a homer, five RBI and three runs over his last two games of this fantasy week.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/23/2013 11:52:00 AM
Description: Adam Lind has been unstoppable against Freddy Garcia throughout his career.
Insight: He owns a .636 lifetime average against the Orioles righthander. Lind's recent hot streak (.392 AVG this month) is a huge reason why the Blue Jays have won ten in a row.
Jose Bautista, RF6/23/2013 11:48:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has done some serious damage in his career off of Freddy Garcia. In 14 at bats, Bautista has seven hits against the righthander with three RBI.
Insight: Two of those hits have gone for home runs. Expect Joey Bats to tee off Sunday with Garcia (3-4, 4.80 ERA) on the mound for Baltimore.
Jose Bautista, RF6/22/2013 7:14:00 PM
Description: Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista's two-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: The homer was Bautista's 16th of the season. The Jays are winners of ten straight and are now just six and a half games behind Boston for the divison lead. This year's AL East battle should be a divison race for the ages.
R.A. Dickey, SP6/21/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays hurler R.A. Dickey had another rough outing Friday against the Orioles, allowing three homers and six earned runs in six innings.
Insight: Dickey has served up 17 home runs in 99 2/3 innings (1.54 HR/9) after giving up 24 in 233 2/3 innings last season (0.92 HR/9). His walk rate is also up, from 2.08/9 to 3.61/9, and his K/9 is down from 8.86 to 6.44. At this point, there doesn't seem to be any chance of Dickey returning to Cy Young form.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot6/21/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion blasted his 20th homer of the season Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: Encarnacion is only one homer behind the NL leader, Carlos Gonzalez, but he's seven home runs behind AL leader Chris Davis, who went yard against Encarnacion's Jays Friday.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/21/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind has hit four homers in his last six games.
Insight: Lind is batting .389 with six homers and 19 RBI in June after hitting just four homers combined in April and May, but he has posted a 15/2 K/BB this month after putting up a 23/21 K/BB in the first two months of the season. Lind's resurgence has been a nice story, but he's unlikely to hit close to .340 all season.
Jose Bautista, RF6/21/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 2-for-11 (.182) with zero homers against Orioles starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: We're waiting for Bautista to match his 2010 and 2011 seasons. He's still hitting home runs, but his OPS is running around .850 instead of .995 (2010) and 1.056 (2011). This matchup isn't likely to help matters.
Melky Cabrera, CF6/21/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera is 5-for-13 (.385) with a pair of home runs and a 1.390 OPS versus Baltimore starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Cabrera's season in Toronto is nothing like what he posted last year in San Francisco. He's batting just .278 with a .691 OPS after a monster 71 pre-suspension games for the Giants in which he batted .346 with a .906 OPS. Perhaps this favorable matchup can help.
J.A. Happ, SP6/20/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ told ESPN he is aiming to return to the rotation by the All-Star break.
Insight: Happ hasn't pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on May 7. He suffered a fractured skull and a sprained right knee on the play.
Brandon Morrow, SP6/19/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow's MRI revealed no further damage to his right forearm, but he's shut down from throwing indefinitely, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: Morrow suffered a setback during his rehab start Tuesday. It won't be a surprise if he doesn't return before the All-Star break.
J.P. Arencibia, C6/19/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia has hit three home runs in his last four games.
Insight: He has 15 on the year, but is hitting .222 with a .243 OBP and a 79/6 K/BB.
Esmil Rogers, RP6/19/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers has won two straight starts.
Insight: With J.A. Happ, Brandon Morrow and Ramon Ortiz on the disabled list, the Blue Jays have turned to Rogers and Chien-Ming Wang to plug the holes. Rogers has allowed just 12 hits and four earned runs while posting a 12/3 K/BB in 17 2/3 innings his last three starts.
Brandon Morrow, SP6/18/2013 4:31:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (forearm) suffered a setback during his rehab start Monday, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: His sore forearm will be reevaluated this week. There's no immediate return in sight for Morrow, so Chien-Ming Wang and Esmil Rogers will both hold onto their spots in the rotation.
Jose Reyes, SS6/18/2013 9:24:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes (ankle) had two hits in his first rehab game Monday.
Insight: Reyes was playing in his first game since suffering a major ankle sprain on April 12. He should be back within the next two weeks.
Josh Johnson, SPHot6/17/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: It's been a tough year for Josh Johnson but on Monday, the Blue Jays starter looked like an ace.
Insight: The tall righthander fired 7 1/3 shutout frames, scattering five hits and two walks. He finished with a season-high ten strikeouts. After generating a 6.86 ERA in his first four starts, Johnson has turned things around by allowing just four runs in his last three outings (1.86 ERA).
Mauro Gomez, 1B6/16/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: Toronto minor league first baseman Mauro Gomez leads the minors with 18 homers.
Insight: Gomez hit his 18th home run Sunday. The first baseman is hitting .256 overall with a .905 OPS and a 68/23 K/BB. The 28-year-old has hit 66 homers in 1,100 at-bats at the Triple-A level in his career, but he has played just 37 games in the majors.
Jose Bautista, RF6/16/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 3-for-14 (.214) with zero homers and four strikeouts against Texas starter Derek Holland in his career.
Insight: Bautista is hitting just .184 with a .683 OPS on the road this season, which is holding back his fantasy value. Sunday's game will take place at Texas with Holland on the mound, which makes it an unfavorable matchup for Bautista.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/15/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus hit his 12th home run of the season Saturday against Texas.
Insight: Rasmus' strikeout rate is up from 23.8 percent to 32.6 percent from 2012 but the outfielder's average has increased from .223 to .251 due to a rise in BABIP from .259 to .336. He has been much luckier on grounders this year, going 17-47 (.361) on them after hitting .206 on groundballs in 2012.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/15/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against Texas.
Insight: Lind is 22-for-52 (.423) with three home runs and 10 RBI in 12 games this month and is hitting .343 overall. The first baseman rarely plays against lefties, but he should be owned in all leagues while he's hot.
Mark Buehrle, SPHot6/14/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Toronto lefthander Mark Buehrle beat the Rangers Friday for his third win of the season.
Insight: Buehrle has a 1.91 ERA over his last five starts. He's only let up one home run over that span. In his nine previous starts, Buehrle (4.66 ERA) had allowed 11 home runs in 54 innings.
Josh Johnson, SP6/14/2013 8:08:00 PM
Description: Toronto righthander Josh Johnson had his start pushed back again. Now he'll pitch on Monday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Scott MacArthur, TSN
Insight: Johnson was originally supposed to go on Saturday but he swapped days with R.A. Dickey to give his blister an extra day to heal. Instead, he'll get the ball on Monday with Chien-Ming Wang filling in Sunday versus Texas.
Josh Johnson, SP6/13/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays righthander Josh Johnson is having his next start pushed back because of a blister. SOURCE: Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com
Insight: R.A. Dickey will now start Saturday with Johnson getting the ball on Sunday. Johnson (5.40 ERA) is winless in six starts this season.
Colby Rasmus, CF6/13/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: The nastiness of Yu Darvish versus the free-swinging ways of Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus does not seem like a good matchup for the latter, but Rasmus has gone 5-for-9 with two RBI against the Texas hurler.
Insight: Rasmus has struck out 76 times in 213 at-bats, but he still has managed to launch 10 homers and hit .254.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot6/13/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion has not been fazed by the dominance of Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Encarnacion is 5-for-10 with two homers and four RBI against Darvish, though he went 0-for-2 against him with two walks and one strikeout on June 8. Encarnacion is hitting .266 with 18 homers, 53 RBI and 40 runs.
Joel Carreno, SP6/12/2013 2:05:00 PM
Description: Toronto pitching prospect Joel Carreno is looking like he'll be the Blue Jays closer of the future or replacement if Casey Janssen gets hurt.
Insight: Pitching for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Carreno is 2-1 with a stellar 1.646 ERA, 0.732 WHIP and a sweet 44/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Chien-Ming Wang, SP6/11/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: In his 2013 debut, Chien-Ming Wang threw 7 1/3 innings and allowed 10 hits and five earned runs for the Blue Jays Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: It was Wang's longest outing since June 10, 2008, when he was a member of the New York Yankees. Wang's career has gone downhill since then due to a number of injuries. He's unlikely to carry any fantasy value.
Chien-Ming Wang, SP6/10/2013 2:19:00 PM
Description: Toronto has signed right-hander Chien-Ming Wang to a contract.
Insight: Wang served as the New York Yankees' ace in 2006 and 2007 and won 19 games in each season, but he hasn't been healthy since 2008, when he tore a ligament in his foot running the bases. A sinker ball pitcher playing on the artificial turf at the Rogers Centre is not guaranteed to be successful.
Josh Johnson, SP6/9/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Josh Johnson has a 5.40 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings this season.
Insight: Johnson spent all of May on the disabled list with a triceps injury. He's clearly no longer the pitcher he was from 2009-11, when he went 29-12 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 70 starts; now he'll have to prove if he can even be as good as he was in 2012 (8-14, 3.81 ERA, 1.28 WHIP). If he doesn't improve by the All-Star break, fantasy owners can move on.
Adam Lind, 1BHot6/9/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind's lone hit Sunday against Texas was a big one -- he blasted a three-run homer off Justin Grimm in the third inning.
Insight: Keeping Lind away from left-handers has done wonders for him. He's hitting .340 with six homers, 18 RBI and a 31/23 K/BB in 179 plate appearances.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot6/8/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion is a career .625 hitter (5-for-8) with a pair of home runs against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Encarnacion (.265, 17 HR, 50 RBI) has been on a roll, batting .337 over the past four weeks and has made himself a must start.
Dustin McGowan, SP6/7/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan will be activated from the disabled list Saturday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: McGowan has thrown just 21 big league innings since 2008 due to three separate shoulder surgeries to repair a frayed labrum and torn rotator cuff. His best season was 2007, when he went 12-10 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 169 2/3 innings. He's expected to be a 1-2 innings reliever, manager John Gibbons said, so he won't have any fantasy value.
Melky Cabrera, CF6/7/2013 9:40:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera hit his third homer of the season Friday against Texas.
Insight: Cabrera went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his batting average to .288. Cabrera has hit for a career-high line-drive rate this season, but his HR/FB is just 4.8 percent.
Brett Lawrie, 3B6/5/2013 11:01:00 PM
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie's sprained left ankle hasn't displayed any noticeable signs of improvement, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Lawrie (.209, 5 HR, 14 RBI) has been out since May 27 and is without a timetable for a return. "Still swollen, still painful," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It's more than we expected early on, but you never know. Those high ankle sprains are the worst kind."
R.A. Dickey, SP6/5/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Jays ace R.A. Dickey threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in a win against San Francisco.
Insight: It was a giant improvement from his previous outing (6 IP, 11 H, 6 ER in a loss to the Braves). Dickey (5-7, 4.66 ERA) has been inconsistent this season but he's still worth holding onto in most fantasy formats.
Jose Reyes, SS6/4/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes (ankle) is still at least a couple of weeks away from starting a rehab assignment, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: The Toronto Sun reported on May 31 that Reyes, who suffered a major ankle sprain on April 12, could begin a rehab assignment this week, but he's apparently not that close. We're still looking at a return in late June or early July.
Ricky Romero, SPCold6/1/2013 5:33:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays have removed Ricky Romero from the 40-man roster by outrighting him to Triple-A.
Insight: Romero has completely lost his command over the last two years. He had a 124/105 K/BB in 181 innings last season and has walked 20 batters with just three K in 13 innings with Triple-A Buffalo this season.
Brandon Morrow, SP6/1/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (forearm) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The Toronto Sun reported Friday that Morrow was expected to start Sunday despite having a strained right forearm, but the team has opted to play it safe.
Josh Johnson, SP5/31/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Josh Johnson will come off the disabled list Tuesday to face the Giants. SOURCE: CBS Sports
Insight: He's been sidelined since late April with a triceps injury. Johnson is 0-1 this season with a 6.86 ERA in four starts. The righthander has never beaten the Giants (0-3, 3.46 ERA in six career starts).
Brandon Morrow, SP5/31/2013 2:15:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Brandon Morrow, who allowed four runs in two innings before leaving tightness in his right forearm, is expected to start on Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: Morrow has only had two or three good outings in 10 starts this season and his numbers are not fantasy worthy (2-3, 5.63 ERA, 1.49 WHIP).
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot5/31/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion is a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) with a pair of home run against Padres starter Jason Marquis.
Insight: Encarnacion (.265, 14 HR, 44 RBI) was 7-for-18 in the four-game set with Atlanta and is third in the league in RBI, behind only Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis.
Jose Reyes, SS5/29/2013 3:17:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes (ankle) was cleared to begin running last Friday. It's just the next step in the program which was on about a three-month timetable.
Insight: Reyes could begin some baseball activites next week. He suffered a major ankle sprain on April 12, so we're still looking at a late June or early July return.
Brett Lawrie, 3B5/29/2013 12:49:00 AM
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie (ankle) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lawrie (.209, 5 HR, 14 RBI) hurt his ankle while stealing second base Monday. Mark DeRosa should see addition playing time in lawrie's absence. DeRosa batted cleanup on Tuesday night and posted a double and a pair of RBI.
Jose Bautista, RFHot5/28/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has been stinging the ball recently and has raised his average from .244 to .299 over his last eight games.
Insight: Bautista is 17-for-33 (.515) with three homers, six RBI, 10 runs and six walks in that span. He went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored Tuesday against the Braves.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/28/2013 9:20:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia went 3-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Arencibia is 9-for-23 with four doubles, two homers and nine RBI over his last five starts and he even drew a walk in that span, his third of the season.
Brett Lawrie, 3B5/28/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie (ankle) missed Tuesday's game due to a sprained left ankle and the team will make a decision soon regarding a DL stint, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Lawrie (.209, 5 HR, 14 RBI) hurt his ankle while stealing second base Monday. He's listed as day-to-day, but manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays won't drag the decision out. "We'll have a better idea by the end of the day or definitely by tomorrow," said Gibbons. The team cannot leave an injured Lawrie on the bench much longer since it starts a seven-game swing in NL parks Wednesday and needs as many pinch-hitters as possible for National League play.
Brandon Morrow, SP5/28/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed four runs (two earned) in two innings before leaving tightness in his right forearm.
Insight: Morrow has only had two or three good outings in 10 starts this season and his numbers are not fantasy worthy (2-3, 5.50 ERA, 1.47 WHIP before Tuesday's start).
Brett Lawrie, 3B5/28/2013 12:36:00 PM
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie sprained his ankle Monday against Atlanta and will not start on Tuesday.
Insight: Lawrie (.209, 5 HR, 14 RBI) exited in the sixth inning. Mark DeRosa finished out the game at third base. For now, the Blue Jays are labeling Lawrie as day-to-day.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/28/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is hitless in six at-bats versus Braves starter Paul Maholm.
Insight: Rasmus has struggled with the strikeout (63 in 160 at-bats), but hit his eighth home run on Monday and has 22 RBI. He's been swinging much better over the past week batting .316 in six games and other than Maholm he hits Braves pitching pretty well with a career .303 average against Atlanta.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/27/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion slugged his 14th home run of the season Monday in a win against Atlanta.
Insight: Encarnacion (.256, 14 HR, 43 RBI) finished the contest with two hits and five RBI. Encarnacion is now tied with Miguel Cabrera for second in the AL in home runs. He's third in RBI behind Cabrera (57) and Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis (46).
Brett Lawrie, 3B5/27/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie sprained his ankle Monday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: Lawrie (.209, 5 HR, 14 RBI) exited in the sixth inning. Mark DeRosa finished out the game at third base. For now, the Blue Jays are labeling Lawrie as day-to-day.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/27/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is 5-for-11 with a home run and a 1.318 OPS versus Atlanta veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Rasmus has struggled with the strikeout (63 in 156 at-bats), but does have seven home runs and 20 RBI.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/26/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus won't be in action Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: It's just a routine day off. Anthony Gose (2-for-6 in four games) will assume Rasmus' post in center field.
Jose Bautista, RFHot5/25/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) with a pair of home runs against Baltimore starter Freddy Garcia.
Insight: After another three hits on Friday, Bautista is batting .366 for the month of May with a 1.081 OPS. He's also been a much better hitter at home this year (.369). Add all the variables up and Bautista is a must start on Saturday.
Adam Lind, 1BHot5/25/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind is 4-for-8 with a pair of home runs and a double against Baltimore right-hander Freddy Garcia.
Insight: Lind went 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Friday against Baltimore and is hitting .284 with four homers and 10 RBI in 36 games. The DH starts exclusively against right-handers.
Melky Cabrera, CF5/24/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: It was just his second home run of the season. He's hitting .284, but the lack of power and speed makes him a mediocre fantasy option.
Adam Lind, 1B5/24/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind went 3-for-5 with a solo homer Friday against Baltimore.
Insight: Lind is hitting .284 with four homers, 10 RBI and a 19/19 K/BB in 36 games. The DH starts exclusively against right-handers.
Brett Lawrie, 3BCold5/24/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was tossed from Friday's game in the third inning after objecting to a called third strike.
Insight: Lawrie didn't appear to say anything but he slammed his helmet and was thrown out as he was walking away from the plate. It was nothing close to the scene Lawrie made last year, when he spiked his helmet and had it bounce off the home plate umpire. He was suspended for several games for that incident, but he won't miss any time due to this one.
Jose Bautista, RFHot5/24/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .333 hitter with a pair of home runs against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Bautista is batting .348 for the month of May with a 1.094 OPS. He's also been a much better hitter at home this year (.350) than on the road (.210). Add all the variables up and Bautista is a must start on Friday.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/23/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI Thursday against Baltimore.
Insight: Arencibia has 11 homers, but he has done little else. He's hitting .230 with a pitiful 55/2 K/BB.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/23/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion had just one hit in four at-bats Thursday against Baltimore, but it was a grand slam in the sixth inning.
Insight: Encarnacion is hitting .250 with 13 homers and 38 RBI this season. He's certainly has a strong chance at posting his second straight 40-homer season.
Brandon Morrow, SP5/23/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed four runs over his first seven innings Thursday, but the Blue Jays left him in and he allowed two more without getting an out in the eighth.
Insight: Morrow won the game thanks to 12 runs of support, but fantasy owners won't be happy with his six earned runs, 10 hits (3 HR) and a walk in seven innings. He's 2-3 with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Mark Buehrle, SP5/22/2013 9:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle gave up two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out six over seven innings Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: It was Buehrle's best outing of the season. He has a 5.90 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 61 innings and has no fantasy value.
Jose Bautista, RF5/22/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista broke out with four hits, including two homers, and four RBI in four at-bats Wednesday against the Rays.
Insight: Bautista also walked in the game. All of a sudden, the Blue Jays slugger is batting .275 with 11 homers and 27 RBI.
Brett Lawrie, 3BCold5/22/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is hitless in 11 at-bats versus Rays' hurler Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Lawrie owners dealt with preseason injury and now regular season ineffectiveness. He's got long-term talent, but at this point with his .186 batting average and .596 OPS he should be sitting on your bench until further notice.
Jose Bautista, RF5/22/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has a .385 batting average against Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson, including three extra base hits and a 1.313 OPS.
Insight: Bautista broke a three-game hitless streak with a couple of singles on Tuesday, but hasn't gone deep since hitting a pair of home runs at Boston on May 12 and includes only one extra base hit during that span. This is a favorable matchup which should yield at least one extra base knock.
Josh Johnson, SP5/21/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson (triceps) made it through his first rehab assignment Monday without incident. He pitched three innings and struck out five batters.
Insight: He'll pitch at least once more, and more likely twice, before rejoining the Toronto rotation.
Jose Bautista, RF5/19/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has cooled off after four straight multi-hit games, and he has had a tough go against CC Sabathia of the Yankees.
Insight: Bautista hasn't picked up a hit in his last two games. He's batting .250 with nine homers, and while we know he can go off at any time, Sunday likely won't be a big day. Sabathia has held him to a .087 average (2-for-23) with eight strikeouts.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/19/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Insight: Arencibia is tied for ninth in the majors with 10 homers, but his 52/2 K/BB is atrocious. Keep him on the bench Sunday.
Adam Lind, 1B5/19/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind has taken just five at-bats this season against left-handers, but he might be in the lineup Sunday given his strong history against Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Insight: Lind has gone 7-for-15 with four RBI against Sabathia. Lind only has started against righties this season and it has helped him to hit .286 with an .878 OPS and a 14/17 K/BB.
Brandon Morrow, SP5/18/2013 8:37:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter Brandon Morrow allowed two two-run homers to Robinson Cano and five runs on eight hits overall in five innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Morrow hadn't started since May 5 due to back and neck tightness. After posting a strong 2.96 ERA in 124 2/3 innings last year, Morrow has regressed to a 5.16 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/18/2013 8:27:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion drove a solo homer to the opposite field in the eighth inning Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: For the second straight season, Encarnacion's power numbers are fantastic. He has 12 homers and has driven in 31 runs. However, his average is .248 due to a .228 BABIP.
Josh Johnson, SP5/18/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays' goal for Josh Johnson (triceps) will start his rehab assignment Monday with High-A Dunedin, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Johnson is dealing with inflammation in his triceps and has been on the DL since the end of April. He'll pitch two or three games before rejoining the rotation.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/17/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus should be taken out of fantasy lineups based on his 3-for-24 (.125) history versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Rasmus continues to swing and miss at a stunning rate (57 times in 126 at-bats) and would probably be sitting a lot more often if Rajai Davis were healthy. He should not be in fantasy lineups.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/17/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is 7-for-15 (.467) against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda with a 1.267 OPS.
Insight: Arencibia (.236, 10 HR, 20 RBI) is producing solid power numbers, but still hitting for a low average. This is a favorable matchup that should work to his advantage.
Adam Lind, 1B5/15/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Wednesday against the Giants and is now hitting .286. He has three homers over his last six games.
Insight: Lind has played exclusively against right-handers this year, which has helped protect his numbers. The DH has an impressive 12/17 K/BB and an OBP over .400 in 29 games, but he hasn't accumulated the counting stats that would make him fantasy-worthy until recently.
Melky Cabrera, CF5/15/2013 4:50:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera's MRI revealed irritation in his right quad and left hamstring, but he can play through it, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Cabrera went 4-for-5 at the plate Tuesday, so it can't be bothering him too much. He'll be able to play if he can tolerate the pain.
R.A. Dickey, SP5/14/2013 10:40:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey walked two and allowed six hits, one homer and two earned runs while striking out 10 in six innings Tuesday against the Giants.
Insight: It's not quite Cy Dickey, but it's closer than the minor league level starter we have seen over the first six weeks of the season. Dickey is now 3-5 with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. We'll continue to monitor him for signs of his 2012 self.
Jose Bautista, RFHot5/14/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is red hot since being moved to the No. 2 hole three games ago.
Insight: With Brett Lawrie slumping and Rajai Davis on the DL, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons moved Melky Cabrera to leadoff and Bautista to second on May 11 against Boston. The slugger is 6-for-10 with two homers, three RBI, five runs and three walks in three games as the No. 2 hitter.
Melky Cabrera, CF5/14/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera is headed for an MRI on his tight hamstring Wednesday, but he started as the DH Tuesday and went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs against the Giants.
Insight: Cabrera, of course, hit .346 in 459 at-bats for the Giants last season before being suspended 50 games for testosterone use. He raised his average to .278 Tuesday, but he has just nine extra-base hits in 162 at-bats.
Dustin McGowan, SP5/14/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says that right-hander Dustin McGowan is feeling "great" and will start a 30-day minor league rehab assignment Tuesday. SOURCE: John Lott, National Post
Insight: McGowan has thrown just 21 big league innings since 2008 due to three separate shoulder surgeries to repair a frayed labrum and torn rotator cuff. His best season was 2007, when he went 12-10 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 169 2/3 innings. He could join Toronto's rotation when his rehab assignment is over.
Jose Reyes, SS5/14/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes (ankle) has shed his walking boot.
Insight: Reyes suffered a major ankle sprain on April 12 and was given a three-month timetable. He's about two months away from returning if everything goes well with his rehab.
Josh Johnson, SP5/14/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays' goal for Josh Johnson (triceps) will need one more long-toss session after Tuesday before he gets back on a mound, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Johnson is dealing with inflammation in his triceps. He long tossed Tuesday and could go out on a minor league rehab assignment if he feels good following his second session. He'll need two rehab starts before he can rejoin the big league club, however, so it's likely we won't see him back until the end of May at the earliest.
Sergio Santos, RP5/14/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos will have surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Santos hasn't pitched since April 2012 due to shoulder and elbow issues. He was nearing a rehab assignment from his most recent injury, but he needs another procedure and will be out indefinitely. This won't end his season, according to Davidi.
Melky Cabrera, CF5/14/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera will undergo an MRI on his hamstring Wednesday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Cabrera is dealing with hamstring tightness, but it isn't enough to keep him out of the lineup as the DH Tuesday.
Mark DeRosa, 3B5/14/2013 11:07:00 AM
Description: Toronto infielder Mark DeRosa could see his name in the lineup on Tuesday due to a favorable history versus Giants left-hander Barry Zito.
Insight: DeRosa has hit three home runs in 28 at-bats against Zito. Starting third baseman Brett Lawrie continues to struggle with the bat and that could lead to DeRosa getting the rare start.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/14/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has faced Barry Zito just nine times, but he has collected four hits (two home runs) and two walks for a .667 OBP and a 2.095 OPS
Insight: Encarnacion is putting up excellent power numbers (11 HR and 27 RBI) but his subpar batting average (.231) isn't helping fantasy owners. This matchup may help.
Jose Bautista, RF5/12/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Jays right fielder Jose Bautista drilled two homers Sunday in a 12-4 win over the Red Sox.
Insight: Bautista (.246, 9 HR, 20 RBI) went 4-for-10 in the series with four runs and three RBI. He's hitting .353 against the Red Sox this season.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHCold5/12/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion struggles versus Boston starter Ryan Dempster going just 1-for-14 in their matchups.
Insight: Encarnacion is putting up excellent power numbers (10 HR and 25 RBI) but he's killing fantasy owners with his subpar batting average (.218) and he is hitless in the current series with the Red Sox.
Brandon Morrow, SP5/11/2013 7:36:00 PM
Description: Toronto righthander Brandon Morrow was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday versus Boston but instead he'll start Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: He needs a few extra days to rest his sore neck. Chad Jenkins will make the spot start Sunday at Fenway Park. Sunday will be Jackson's season debut.
Rajai Davis, CF5/11/2013 12:53:00 PM
Description: Center fielder Rajai Davis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique..
Insight: Davis (.291, 13 runs, 8 SB) is expected to miss between two and three weeks. he was just starting to find his batting stroke, going 4-for-9 in the series against Tampa Bay.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/11/2013 9:39:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is hitless in 14 at-bats with four strikeouts against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Arencibia (.252, 9 HR, 18 RBI) is producing power numbers, but not against Buchholz.
Brett Lawrie, 3BCold5/11/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is 1-for-13 versus Rays' hurler Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Lawrie owners first dealt with injury and now he's hitting below the Mendoza Line (.179) with little power (.569 OPS). Avoid.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/11/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion struggles versus Boston starter Clay Buchholz going just 1-for-18 in their matchups.
Insight: Encarnacion is putting up excellent power numbers (10 HR and 25 RBI) but he's killing fantasy owners with his subpar batting average (.228).
Brandon Morrow, SP5/10/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow is unlikely to make his next scheduled start Sunday due to lingering stiffness in his neck. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet.ca
Insight: Morrow had his start pushed from Friday to Sunday after his back locked up Tuesday during a bullpen session. The spasm moved up to his neck later that night and is the primary concern at this point. The team won't decide if Morrow can pitch Sunday until that morning.
Adam Lind, 1B5/10/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind is just a .111 hitter with 10 strikeouts in 27 career at-bats versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: The Blue Jays aren't playing Lind against any left-handers, so it's likely he won't be in the starting lineup. Even if he was, he shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups.
R.A. Dickey, SPCold5/9/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: In a matchup of reigning Cy Young Award winners, Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey went six innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs while walking five and striking out five against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: It's unclear how much of this can be blamed on Dickey's sore back/neck, but the knuckleballer just isn't right. He has walked 22 batters and allowed eight homers in 48 innings (5.06 ERA, 1.35 WHIP).
Josh Johnson, SP5/9/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays' goal for Josh Johnson (triceps) is a rehab start around May 21, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: Johnson is dealing with inflammation in his triceps. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said that the right-hander will likely need two rehab starts before returning.
J.A. Happ, SP5/9/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: In addition to a fracture behind his ear, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ has a right knee sprain. It won't require surgery, but the left-hander still will miss 4-6 weeks, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: Happ was hit by a line drive during Tuesday's start and had some bleeding from his ear. He didn't suffer a concussion and a CT scan showed no damage to his brain or spine, according to CBSSports.com. Happ also suffered the knee injury while falling after being struck by the ball.
Brandon Morrow, SP5/9/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow may be scratched from his next start after his back locked up during a side session Wednesday. SOURCE: MLB Network Radio
Insight: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Morrow's start will probably be moved back from Friday to Sunday, and he could be skipped altogether if his back doesn't improve.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/9/2013 1:14:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia won't be of use to any fantasy owners Thursday against Tampa Bay lefty David Price.
Insight: He's managed just one hit in 13 at bats versus the 2012 AL Cy Young winner. If possible, Arencibia (.252, 9 HR, 18 RBI) should be avoided on Thursday.
Ricky Romero, SPCold5/9/2013 10:19:00 AM
Description: Toronto lefthander Ricky Romero got demoted after his disastrous outing Wednesday versus the Rays.
Insight: Romero gave up four hits, two walks and three runs before manager John Gibbons finally gave him the hook with just one out in the first inning. Even an average game would have kept him in the rotation but now the Jays will have to delve into their minor league system to find replacements for Josh Johnson (injured triceps) and J.A. Happ (fractured skull).
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/9/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hammered his tenth home run of the season Wednesday in a loss to Tampa Bay.
Insight: Encarnacion is putting up excellent power numbers (10 HR and 24 RBI) but he's killing fantasy owners with his subpar batting average (.227). He's played in all 35 games for the Blue Jays this season.
J.A. Happ, SP5/8/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ has a small fracture behind his left ear, but the injury is "not serious or threatening," according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Happ was hit by a line drive during Tuesday's start and had some bleeding from his ear. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, but his injury is not close to the severity of Brandon McCarthy's situation last season. McCarthy suffered a skull fracture and an epidural hemorrhage after being hit in the head by a line drive.
Luis Jimenez, 1B5/8/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: If the Blue Jays get tired of waiting for Adam Lind to return to the 25-35 home run hitter he was from 2009-11, they could always bring up hot-hitting Luis Jimenez from Triple-A Buffalo.
Insight: Jimenez is batting .381 with seven homers, 31 RBI and a 1.114 OPS. He's no youngster, turning 31-years-old on Tuesday, but he could provide some pop.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/8/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus is hitless in seven career at-bats versus Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, including three strikeouts.
Insight: Rasmus has whiffed 47 times in 105 at-bats and is batting .248. Six homers and 14 RBI don't really offset his shortcomings, particularly in this unfavorable matchup. Rajai Davis is 4-for-10 against Moore with four stolen bases and may get the starting nod in center field Wednesday night.
Colby Rasmus, CF5/7/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus hit his second homer in as many days Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: Rasmus has whiffed 47 times in 105 at-bats and is batting .248. Six homers and 14 RBI don't really offset his shortcomings.
Adam Lind, 1B5/7/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lind (.246, four RBI) didn't have a single at-bat against a left-hander prior to Tuesday, but he doubled off reliever Jake McGee in the seventh inning before grounding into a double play in the eighth off Cesar Ramos. Facing only righties has allowed Lind to improve his plate discipline -- he has a 9/16 K/BB -- but it hasn't resulted in anything tangible for fantasy owners.
Melky Cabrera, CF5/7/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera picked up three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI in five at-bats Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: Cabrera had just four extra-base hits in 33 games prior to Tuesday. He's yet to prove that his past two seasons weren't the results of being chemically enhanced.
J.A. Happ, SP5/7/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was struck in the left ear by a Desmond Jennings line drive during Tuesday's start and had to leave the game.
Insight: Happ was bleeding from the ear and had to leave on a stretcher, but he didn't lose consciousness.
Rajai Davis, CF5/7/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Center fielder Rajai Davis is a career .467 hitter (7-for-15) against Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Davis (.271, 11 runs, 6 SB) is seeing plenty of at-bats these days with Jose Bautista missing some time due to his back and Melky Cabrera not hitting up to expectations. This matchup is worth putting him in fantasy lineups.
Brett Lawrie, 3BCold5/6/2013 12:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is hitless in nine career at-bats versus Rays' hurler Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Lawrie had his first day off Sunday since return from a strained oblique which kept him sidelined for most of the spring. He's hitting .197 with three homers and seven RBI in 66 at-bats and fantasy owners should give him Monday off too.
Jose Bautista, RF5/6/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is a career .364 hitter (4-for-11) when facing Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson with three extra base hits and a 1.326 OPS.
Insight: Bautista has hit safely in the past four games, but hasn't homered since April 27. He may still be struggling with a back problem that recently sidelined him.
Brandon Morrow, SP5/5/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: It took him seven starts but Toronto righthander Brandon Morrow finally got his first win of the season Sunday versus Seattle.
Insight: Fantasy owners could have done without the five walks, but aside from that, Sunday was a solid outing for Morrow (8 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 K's). Morrow will have a chance to capture his second win Friday night against Boston.
Brett Lawrie, 3B5/5/2013 1:10:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is getting his first day off Sunday since returning from the disabled list.
Insight: Lawrie hasn't even taken an inning off since he came back from a strained oblique. He's hitting .197 with three homers and seven RBI in 66 at-bats.
R.A. Dickey, SPCold5/4/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey had another disastrous outing Saturday against Seattle, allowing three homers and seven earned runs in six innings.
Insight: Dickey has walked 17 batters and allowed eight homers and 25 earned runs in 42 innings. We didn't expect him to match last season's Cy-Young-Award-winning numbers after moving to the American League, but we also didn't expect to see him struggle this much considering he had a 2.84 ERA in 2010 and a 3.28 ERA in 2011. The back and neck stifness he has dealt with all season could be the cause of his struggles.
Brett Lawrie, 3BCold5/4/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is 0-for-5 with four strikeouts against Blue Jays starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Although it's a very small sample size, it seems like it's saying he's not picking the ball up well. Lawrie missed all of spring training and the first few weeks of the regular season with a strained oblique and it shows in his production.
Brett Lawrie, 3B5/2/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie accounted for Toronto's sole run Thursday against Boston with a solo homer.
Insight: He has put together a seven-game hitting streak with three homers in that span after batting .125 in his first nine games. Lawrie missed all of spring training and the first few weeks of the regular season with a strained oblique, so he was likely getting his timing back during his first 10 days of play.
J.A. Happ, SP5/2/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Toronto lefty J.A. Happ walked seven batters and was out of the game after 3 2/3 innings Thursday against Boston.
Insight: Happ limited the damage to two earned runs. He has a 3.98 ERA, but after giving up 10 baserunners Thursday, his WHIP ballooned to 1.42.
Ricky Romero, SP5/2/2013 4:34:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays will recall Ricky Romero from High-A Dunedin to make a start Friday against the Mariners. SOURCE: Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportsnet.ca
Insight: Romero walked 105 batters last season and couldn't find the plate again this spring so the Jays sent him to extended spring training to work out his issues. However, Josh Johnson's triceps injury has precipitated the need for Romero to return to the majors despite making just one start at High-A.
Josh Johnson, SP5/2/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: The Blue Jays have placed Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a triceps injury.
Insight: Johnson's MRI showed no structural damage, only inflammation, according to John Lott of the National Post, but he felt discomfort while playing catch Wednesday. Ricky Romero will be recalled from High-A after making just one start down there.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/2/2013 12:12:00 PM
Description: Jays DH/1B Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-4 Wednesday against Clay Buchholz. He could be in for another tough night Thursday versus Sox righthander Ryan Dempster.
Insight: Encarnacion has had a bizarre season so far. Despite a terrible batting average (.229), he's tied with Mike Morse and Chris Davis for the most home runs in the American League (nine each). He's never had an extra base hit against Dempster (1-for-11).
Colby Rasmus, CF5/2/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus might be in for a disappointing night Thursday against Ryan Dempster. He's only recorded one hit in 11 previous at bats versus the Red Sox righthander.
Insight: Rasmus (.230, 4 HR, 10 RBI) has struck out 14 times in his last 10 games and 40 times in 27 games since the start of the year. Thursday should be another K-fest with Dempster (1-2, 3.30 ERA) getting the start for Boston.
J.P. Arencibia, C5/1/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia is hitless in 11 at-bats versus Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: This matchup should be avoided. Arencibia has hit eight homers this season, but he needs to be a bit more selective at the plate as his 37 strikeouts and two walks would indicate.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH5/1/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion is an ugly 1-for-15 in his matchups with Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Encarnacion, who slugged two homers Tuesday against the Red Sox, hit seven homers over the final seven games to finish with nine for the month. That's actually one more homer than he hit last April, and he went on to hit a career-high 42 homers last season. This matchup, however, probably isn't going to get his May off to a good start.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot4/30/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion slugged two homers Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Encarnacion hit seven homers over the final seven games to finish April with nine bombs. That's actually one more homer than he hit last April, and he went on to hit a career-high 42 homers last season.
Adam Lind, 1BCold4/30/2013 10:43:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind is a career .111 hitter (3-for-27) against Boston left-hander Jon Lester with 10 strikeouts.
Insight: Lind is only batting .250 on the year and has yet to homer. First basemen with a .722 OPS don't have much fantasy value, particularly when facing a historically bad matchup.
R.A. Dickey, SP4/28/2013 4:43:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey says he's still pitching with pain in his neck and back and plans to have an MRI this week so the team can be more specific in its treatment, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Dickey allowed four hits (2 HR) and three earned runs over seven innings Sunday in a loss to the Yankees and has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP through 36 innings.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/28/2013 9:01:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus hitless in nine at-bats versus Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: Rasmus (.224, 4 HR, 9 RBI) has struck out 36 times already this year and is 1-for-12 over the past four games. You should find him a seat on your bench for Sunday afternoon's game.
Jose Bautista, RF4/27/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is a career .053 hitter (1-for-19) when matched up against Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Bautista has a pair of homers in his last three games, but is still batting just .185 with a .776 OPS. Four at-bats against Sabathia isn't likely to improve those numbers.
J.P. Arencibia, C4/27/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia is just 2-for-16 (.125) against Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia
Insight: Arencibia has hit eight homers this season, but he needs to be a bit more selective at the plate as his 36 strikeouts and two walks would indicate. This matchup should be avoided.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/27/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus hitless in six at-bats versus Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia, and struck out five times.
Insight: Rasmus (.227, 4 HR, 9 RBI) has struck out 35 times already this year. Saturday would be a good time for fantasy owners and the Blue Jays to sit Rasmus on the bench.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHHot4/26/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Toronto DH Edwin Encarnacion bopped a couple of home runs Friday in a loss to New York.
Insight: Encarnacion still isn't hitting for a high average (just .225 for the season) but he has smashed five homers in his last four games. If he keeps this up, Encarnacion should be able to eclipse 30 homers for the second straight season.
Josh Johnson, SP4/26/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Toronto righthander Josh Johnson will have an MRI on his injured triceps. SOURCE: Shi Davidi, Sportsnet
Insight: The results should determine whether or not Johnson will need to go on the disabled list. Aaron Laffey will occupy Johnson's spot in the rotation until he's healthy again.
Josh Johnson, SP4/26/2013 1:36:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Josh Johnson (0-1) has been scratched from Friday's start against the Yankees due to tightness in his right triceps.
Insight: Johnson has been ugly in his first four starts accumulating a 6.86 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. He's still averaging a strikeout an inning, but all his other peripherals are hurting fantasy owners.
Melky Cabrera, CF4/26/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera is 5-for-8 (.625) against Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova with a pair of homers and a stunning 2.167 OPS.
Insight: The change of leagues and the time off due to the 50-game PED suspension have clearly had an effect on his offensive production and fantasy value (.253, zero HR, 6 RBI through 23 games). Perhaps this favorable matchup will get him going, but long-term there is certainly a question as to whether he can perform at the level he showed us in 2011 and 2012.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/25/2013 9:46:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is 3-for-21 (.143) with nine strikeouts against Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees.
Insight: Rasmus (.239, 4 HR) has struck out 32 times this year, tied for second-most in baseball with teammate J.P. Arencibia, and he has a tough matchup Thursday against Kuroda.
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4/24/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion hit his second homer in as many days Wednesday afternoon versus the Orioles.
Insight: Encarnacion went 1-for-4 and is still batting just .210, but he has four homers, 12 RBIs and a strong 16/11 K/BB in 22 games.
J.P. Arencibia, CHot4/24/2013 5:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia hit his AL-leading eighth home run as part of a 3-for-5 game Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Arencibia's K/BB is 32/2, so even his .268 average is too high. Enjoy the power, but expect the catcher to dip into the .230s eventually.
Adam Lind, 1B4/24/2013 12:02:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind isn't in Wednesday's starting lineup because he's away from the club for the birth of his child and will be placed on paternity leave.
Insight: Lind is only batting .244 on the year and has yet to homer. First basemen with a .713 OPS don't have much fantasy value.
R.A. Dickey, SP4/23/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: After allowing four runs and walking five in six innings Tuesday versus the Orioles, Toronto starter R.A. Dickey admitted that he's still feeling pain in his neck and back, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Dickey left his last start after experiencing soreness in his neck and back area but he was able to make his next scheduled start Tuesday. We'll see how it affects him his next time on the hill.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHCold4/23/2013 10:30:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion jacked his third homer of the season Tuesday versus Baltimore.
Insight: Encarnacion came in batting .200 on the season but he went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and two walks Tuesday. He has 10 walks in 21 games this season. Encarnacion is coming off a 42-homer season and should get a long leash from fantasy owners.
Colby Rasmus, CF4/23/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is hitless in seven at-bats versus Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez with three strikeouts.
Insight: Rasmus is only batting .250 this season but he does have four homers in the first 19 games. The bad news is that he has struck out an alarming 27 times in 60 at-bats. Add this unfavorable matchup and Rasmus should get the day off.
Maicer Izturis, 2B4/22/2013 8:42:00 PM
Description: Toronto second baseman Maicer Izturis got the night off on Monday because of a tight hamstring. SOURCE: SportsNet
Insight: Izturis (.158, 2 HR, 2 RBI) hasn't been anything special this season, though his platoon mate Emilio Bonifacio (.189, 0 HR, 4 RBI) isn't exactly setting the world on fire either. Out of the two, Bonifacio is the more desireable fantasy option because of his speed (70 steals the past two seasons).
Jim Negrych, 2B4/22/2013 4:25:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays' minor league second baseman Jim Negrych (Buffalo Bisons) is pounding International League pitching to the tune of a .488 batting average with a 1.324 OPS over his first 11 games.
Insight: With both Blue Jays' second basemen (Emilio Bonifacio and Macier Izturis) batting less than .200 it might not be long before Negrych gets his chance to shine.
Jose Bautista, RF4/22/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is a career .444 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.722 OPS when facing Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Bautista is on a five-game hitting streak yet batting .217 which shows just how bad his first couple of weeks were. We expect him to extend his hitting streak with at least one extra base hit in this favorable matchup.
J.P. Arencibia, CHot4/21/2013 5:33:00 PM
Description: Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia smashed his seventh home run of the season Sunday in a win over New York.
Insight: He's left the yard four times in his last seven games. Arencibia's 434-foot bomb Sunday tied him with Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds for the most in the American League.
Adam Lind, 1B4/21/2013 4:35:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind didn't record an official at-bat Sunday against the Yankees, as he walked four times.
Insight: Lind is only batting .222 on the year but he has walked nine times with just three strikeouts. His career K/BB is 2.76, so this is a surprising change in approach for the 29-year-old. We'll see if it leads to improved numbers at the plate.
Melky Cabrera, CF4/21/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: Cabrera is 5-for-9 with three RBIs over the last two games after going 2-for-18 in his previous five. Just two of his 21 hits this season have gone for extra bases and he has zero homers.
Edwin Encarnacion, DHCold4/21/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion is only batting .209 on the year, but he has a .400 career average against Sunday's starter Ivan Nova of the Yankees.
Insight: Encarnacion is 6-for-14 with four RBIs and just one strikeout against Nova. It will only be a matter of time before Encarnacion busts out. He has a 26.4 percent line-drive rate but is only 1-for-18 with a home run on flyballs. He went 58-for-219 (.265) with 42 homers on flyballs last year.
Mark Buehrle, SP4/20/2013 7:52:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle limited New York to three earned runs despite allowing eight hits and walking a batter in seven innings Saturday.
Insight: Buehrle has held opponents to five earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over his last two starts, but he has allowed 32 hits in 23 innings this season and is walking a fine line every time he steps on the mound.
Melky Cabrera, CF4/20/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs in five at-bats Saturday versus the Yankees.
Insight: Cabrera was 2-for-18 over his previous five games. He's hitting .254 with just two extra-base hits (0 HR). Cabrera has been tremendous over the past two years, but after getting caught for using PEDs last season, he has a lot to prove.
Colby Rasmus, CFCold4/20/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus should not be in fantasy lineups on Saturday as he's an ugly 2-for-18 with eight strikeouts against Yankees right-hander Kiroki Kuroda.
Insight: He has four homers in the first 16 games this season, but he has struck out an alarming 24 times. Let him have a rest day on Saturday.
J.P. Arencibia, C4/20/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is 6-for-9 (.667) with three extra base hits against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Arencibia is hitting .265 with six homers and 11 RBI in 16 games. He owns a solid .869 OPS, but needs to show a little more patience (one walk this season). He hit 23 home runs in 443 at-bats in 2011 and 18 in 347 at-bats last year.
Jose Bautista, RF4/19/2013 6:10:00 PM
Description: The ear infection is gone and so are Jose Bautista's back troubles. The Jays slugger is back in the lineup Friday against the Yankees.
Insight: Bautista has been missing in action for most of the past two weeks so it's good to see him back in uniform. Let's hope Bautista can improve upon his pitiful .200 average.
Adam Lind, 1BCold4/19/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Toronto first baseman Adam Lind is just 3-for-21 with eight strikeouts against Yankees hurler Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Lind hasn't done much this season to warrant attention from fantasy owners, but he has shown the ability to hit 25-35 homers in the past.
Jose Bautista, RF4/19/2013 9:47:00 AM
Description: Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista is a career 9-for-29 with a pair of homers and a 1.015 OPS versus Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte. He's battling an ear infection and back spasms and is doubtful for Friday's game against the Yankees.
Insight: Bautista hasn't appeared in a game since Sunday. If he gets on the field, he should be started.
Rajai Davis, CF4/19/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Center fielder Rajai Davis is a career .583 hitter (7-for-12) against Yankees veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte.
Insight: Davis played right field and leadoff in Thursday's game and did what he does best - steal bases. He has four this season and produced 46 steals in 2012.
R.A. Dickey, SP4/18/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey is expected to make his next start, according to John Lott of the National Post. Dickey left Thursday's start due to neck and back tightness.
Insight: Dickey has allowed just seven hits and one run over his last 12 innings after giving up 15 hits and 10 earned runs over his first 10 2/3. He lines up to start next week at Baltimore.
R.A. Dickey, SP4/18/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey left Thursday's game due to neck and back tightness, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. The team says his removal was precautionary.
Insight: Dickey had a two-hit shutout going through six innings on just 64 pitches, so this is unfortunate. The knuckleballer has allowed just seven hits and one run over his last 12 innings after giving up 15 hits and 10 earned runs over his first 10 2/3.
Jose Bautista, RF4/18/2013 3:56:00 PM
Description: Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista won't be in action Thursday night against Chicago. He's still battling an ear infection and back spasms.
Insight: Bautista hasn't appeared in a game since Sunday. He's already missed six games this season and even when Bautista has been healthy he hasn't hit the ball with the same authority that he has in past seasons (.200 AVG in 35 at bats).
J.A. Happ, SP4/17/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Toronto lefty J.A. Happ allowed five earned runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox Wednesday.
Insight: Happ walked just one and struck out three, but he gave up a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the sixth. The lefty has a 5.06 ERA through three starts, though his 1.19 WHIP is solid.
Jose Bautista, RF4/17/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (back, ear) is out of the lineup again Wednesday.
Insight: Bautista has missed the last three games and six games already this season. He's currently dealing with back spasms and an inner ear infection.

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