Injuries & Roster Moves: Springer eyes return

June 20th, 2021

Keep track of the Blue Jays' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 20: OF  activated from paternity list
Hernández slid right back into the Blue Jays' lineup after the birth of his son and the Blue Jays would love to see him pick up right where he left off. Manager Charlie Montoyo has gone out of his way to detail how much Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Hernández benefit from hitting alongside each other in the lineup.

June 20: OF  optioned to Triple-A
Hoying got the brief promotion to replace Hernández, picking up three at-bats over two games with the Blue Jays. For as long as Hoying keeps his 40-man roster spot, he could be called up if the club is in need of a short-term outfielder again.

June 19: RHP acquired from Mets for RHP Troy Miller
Barnes has pitched to a 6.27 ERA over 18 2/3 innings with the Mets this season and was recently designated for assignment. The Blue Jays clearly see something they like in him, so he'll have an opportunity to provide some bullpen depth. Barnes did have some success earlier in his career with the Brewers, but the 31-year-old bounced between the Royals and Angels in '19 and '20 before landing with the Mets.

June 18: LHP recalled from Triple-A Buffalo; RHP optioned
Zeuch left Thursday's start after three innings and 65 pitches, which meant the relievers needed to fill in the final six frames. With Zeuch not available for at least the next few days as he takes his normal rest between starts, the Blue Jays opted to bring up Kay to help spell the bullpen.

INJURY UPDATES

Day to day

LHP Steven Matz (COVID-19 IL)
Expected return:
TBD
Matz tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday after initially receiving an inconclusive result on Sunday. He will now have to spend at least 10 days on the IL and go through MLB's full COVID-19 return protocols before rejoining the team. The Blue Jays shared that he is currently free of symptoms. (Last updated: June 14)

10-day IL

CF (right quad strain)
Expected return:
Late June
Springer was removed early from Saturday's rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo, but only as a precaution due to poor weather. He'll play center field again on Sunday, and with the Monday off-day, GM Ross Atkins says it's time for the club to make a decision on whether Springer is ready to return to the MLB roster. (Last updated: June 20)

RHP (right middle finger strain)
Expected return: Late June to early July
Dolis threw a bullpen on Saturday and was experiencing only mild symptoms in his hand, said GM Ross Atkins, but all other signs were encouraging. The Blue Jays don't believe this will be a long-term injury, but they'll make sure Dolis' strength and range of motion are back to 100% before proceeding. (Last updated: June 20)

C (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: Potentially late June
Jansen took live batting practice on June 15 in Buffalo, and manager Charlie Montoyo said that he's progressing well, adding that he is "close" to a return. (Last updated: June 15)

LHP (left forearm flexor strain)
Expected return
: Potentially late June
Borucki is throwing off a mound and will soon face hitters, according to Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins. The club is hopeful that Borucki can return to the bullpen by the end of June. (Last updated: June 20)

60-day IL

C (left hip flexor strain)
Expected return: TBD
While there still is no clear timeline on Kirk, who hit the IL in early May and was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 8, manager Charlie Montoyo said Kirk has been a DH and playing at extended spring training, and "he's doing well, but not ready to come back yet." Kirk is eligible to return in early July. The gifted young hitter was just starting to play his way into more reps, sharing time with Danny Jansen, when he went down. His mature bat and high contact rate will be a welcome addition to the Blue Jays' lineup whenever he returns. (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (left oblique strain)
Expected return: TBD
Edwards' oblique strain is clearly serious, as the Blue Jays moved him to the 60-day IL on June 17, which will keep him out until at least mid-August. Edwards had made six appearances for the Blue Jays, posting a 6.75 ERA with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. (Last updated: June 17)

RHP (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Potentially early August
Cole was originally on the IL with a neck strain, but was transferred to the 60-day IL with a left oblique strain. It's another blow to a Blue Jays bullpen searching for answers, and Cole had looked sharp through his limited outings in 2021. (Last updated: June 12)

RHP (right elbow impingement)
Expected return: Potentially late June
Hatch was shut down due to some mild side tightness recently, but returned to the mound on June 6 and will continue to build back up as a starter. With his elbow no longer an issue, Hatch should become an option for the club soon. (Last updated: June 6)

RHP (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Late June or early July
Merryweather is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound this week and the club expects him to return just after Ryan Borucki, which puts him in line for the end of June or early July. (Last updated: June 20)

LHP (left shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Milone hit the 10-day IL on May 2 after posting a 6.43 ERA over his first 14 innings this season. That means he'd been eligible to return for over two weeks. Now, his move to the 60-day IL proves that he needs more time. (Last updated: May 27)

RHP (right lat surgery)
Expected return: Out for season
Phelps underwent surgery on his right lat, the Blue Jays announced on May 25, and is done for the season. This is a major blow to the Blue Jays after Phelps opened the season with a 0.87 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 10 1/3 innings. A calming, veteran presence in that bullpen, his absence will be felt. (Last updated: May 25)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Out for season
Yates was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, which was a major blow to the bullpen. He had signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays in the offseason. His outlook for 2022 should be clearer once we reach the offseason and enter the latter stages of Yates’ lengthy rehab process. (Last updated: May 25)