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Injuries & Roster Moves: Matz to COVID-IL

June 14, 2021

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

Springer close: 'Not coming back to be a DH'

@KeeganMatheson
June 14, 2021

BOSTON -- George Springer will begin his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night in Rochester, a major step in the star’s return to a lineup that is already one of baseball’s best. Springer opened the season on the injured list with a right quad strain, and

Biggio goes on IL with neck sprain

Kay, Beasley optioned to Triple-A; Panik, Castro reinstated from IL; Springer update
@KeeganMatheson
May 22, 2021

The Blue Jays’ injury woes continued on Saturday as Cavan Biggio was placed on the 10-day IL with a cervical spine ligament sprain. In simpler terms, this is a neck sprain, and Biggio has been playing through this discomfort for some time now. Earlier in the week, Biggio was moved

Dolis activated from IL; Springer update

@KeeganMatheson
May 18, 2021

The Blue Jays reinstated reliever Rafael Dolis from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's opener against the Red Sox at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., returning a key piece to the back end of their bullpen. They need Dolis, too. With Kirby Yates, Julian Merryweather, David Phelps and Ryan

Pearson dealing with minor shoulder issue

@KeeganMatheson
May 14, 2021

Nate Pearson is dealing with a minor right shoulder impingement, the Blue Jays announced Friday, and their No. 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, will miss his next Triple-A start. Pearson was able to play long toss with “good intensity," according to the club, and he will travel on Friday

Panik (calf) to IL; Blue Jays recall Tellez

@ssc627 and @KeeganMatheson
May 7, 2021

The Blue Jays on Friday placed infielder Joe Panik on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain, retroactive to Thursday, and recalled Rowdy Tellez from Triple-A Buffalo. Panik initially experienced tightness in his left calf while running the bases during Wednesday's game in Oakland and exited an inning

Phelps becomes latest Blue Jay to land on IL

@KeeganMatheson
May 6, 2021

Another day, another injury for the Blue Jays. This time, it’s reliever David Phelps who hits the 10-day IL with a right lat strain. Phelps came into Wednesday’s 9-4 win over the A’s and was warming up for the eighth inning, but he felt a pang and was removed before

Springer to IL again with quad strain

@KeeganMatheson
May 5, 2021

George Springer has been placed back on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain, the Blue Jays announced Wednesday. It's the same injury that kept the outfielder out for most of April. Springer was removed from Sunday’s game in Dunedin after three plate appearances after feeling what the

Notes: Springer day to day; Pearson dazzles

@KeeganMatheson
May 4, 2021

George Springer is still feeling something in his right quad, which kept him out for nearly all of April, and is once again “day to day,” manager Charlie Montoyo said prior to Tuesday's game in Oakland. After the Blue Jays called Monday a scheduled off-day for Springer, his quad kept

Springer exits Toronto win; 'He was fatigued'

@KeeganMatheson
May 2, 2021

What a difference a day can make. Following George Springer’s breakout performance in Saturday’s win, including two home runs and a 470-foot blast, he left Sunday’s 7-2 win over Atlanta in the sixth inning for a pinch-hitter. Manager Charlie Montoyo said after the game that Springer was simply feeling fatigued,

Kirk (left flexor) to 10-day IL, Adams recalled

@KeeganMatheson
May 2, 2021

The Blue Jays have placed catcher Alejandro Kirk on the 10-day IL with a left flexor strain, the club announced Sunday. The move comes after Kirk hit two home runs in the series opener against Atlanta and earned back-to-back starts in the shifting timeshare behind the plate. Tommy Milone was

Ryu placed on IL with right glute strain

@KeeganMatheson
April 28, 2021

The Blue Jays have placed Hyun Jin Ryu on the 10-day IL with a right glute strain, after the ace was forced to leave his last start on Sunday. The move comes as Toronto activates star outfielder George Springer, who made his Blue Jays debut on Wednesday night against the

Springer faces 1 last hurdle before '21 debut

@KeeganMatheson
April 27, 2021

The wait continues for George Springer’s Blue Jays debut. Tuesday’s opener against the Nationals in Dunedin, Fla., looked good for a possible return, but the star outfielder isn’t ready for game action just yet, as he recovers from a right quad strain. He took batting practice with the team at

Despite Ryu's exit, Blue Jays shut out Rays

Toronto ace leaves in fourth inning with minor glute strain
@KeeganMatheson
April 25, 2021

Blue Jays ace Hyun Jin Ryu was removed in the fourth inning from Sunday's 1-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field with a minor right glute strain, the club announced, but Ryu is optimistic that he's avoided anything serious. Ryu delivered a changeup to Manuel Margot -- who singled

Notes: Springer nearing debut, IL updates

@KeeganMatheson
April 22, 2021

The long-awaited Blue Jays debut of George Springer is inching closer, and the star center fielder will get into some game action on Friday at the club's alternate training site in Dunedin, Fla. Springer will play the field, and in the environment of an intrasquad game, the Blue Jays can

Notes: Biggio, Springer injury updates

Vlad Jr. continues to prepare to play third base if he's called upon
@KeeganMatheson
April 17, 2021

TORONTO -- Cavan Biggio seems to have avoided a more serious injury after leaving Thursday’s game against the Royals with right hand pain, and manager Charlie Montoyo says he could return for Sunday's series finale. Biggio was playing catch prior to Saturday’s doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium and, if that went

Notes: Teoscar tests positive for COVID-19

@KeeganMatheson
April 13, 2021

Teoscar Hernández has tested positive for COVID-19, manager Charlie Montoyo announced Tuesday. Hernández had been placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Friday after a close contact outside of the organization tested positive. Under MLB’s health and safety protocols, Hernández must now isolate for a period of 10 days, during

Hernández, Borucki placed on COVID-19 IL

Lourdes exits game with vaccine side effects; Chatwood (triceps) to 10-day IL
@KeeganMatheson
April 9, 2021

Outfielder Teoscar Hernández has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list following exposure to a positive COVID-19 case with a close contact outside of the organization, the Blue Jays announced Friday. It was one of several roster moves made prior to their 7-1 loss to the Angels. The Blue Jays

Springer suffers second injury during rehab

@KeeganMatheson
April 7, 2021

Just as George Springer was nearing his return from a left oblique strain, the Blue Jays’ star center fielder felt tightness in his right quad while running the bases on Tuesday. The new injury cut Springer’s baserunning session short, and he underwent an MRI. The Blue Jays are waiting on

Springer faces live pitching, nears return

Manager Montoyo optimistic about Jansen's recovery
@KeeganMatheson
April 6, 2021

TORONTO -- George Springer faced live pitching on Tuesday, which he called a “great step” as he rehabs from a Grade 2 left oblique strain. Springer felt some discomfort in the affected area late in camp and, while there wasn’t one major moment when he recalls the injury taking place,

Blue Jays' new style: 'Little more aggressive'

@KeeganMatheson
April 5, 2021

TORONTO -- It’s been a while since the Blue Jays were a threat in a footrace. From 2015 to 2019, the club ranked 25th or worse in stolen bases, leaning instead on the long ball to do most of its damage. The transition to a younger, more athletic team has

Springer, Ray open season on injured list

@KeeganMatheson
April 1, 2021

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will be without star outfielder George Springer when they open the season in New York against the Yankees on Thursday. Springer has been placed on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain. Springer first underwent an MRI on his oblique after dealing with some

Springer may start on IL; Ray to miss 1st start

@KeeganMatheson
March 27, 2021

TORONTO -- With star outfielder George Springer rehabbing from a Grade 2 strain to his left oblique, the Blue Jays have told Jonathan Davis he’s cracked the Opening Day roster. For now, the Blue Jays haven’t made a final decision on whether Springer will open the season on the injured

Notes: Yates has TJ; Matz sharp; Biggio back

@KeeganMatheson
March 25, 2021

TORONTO -- Kirby Yates underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, the Blue Jays announced, and the reliever will be out for the remainder of the 2021 season. Yates first felt discomfort in the area following his most recent Grapefruit League outing. After the initial diagnosis of

Biggio day to day with pinkie injury

@feinsand
March 24, 2021

Cavan Biggio was scratched from Wednesday’s 5-0 win over the Yankees with discomfort in his right pinkie finger, but unlike some of the Blue Jays’ recent injuries, this appears to be a minor issue at worst. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Biggio “jammed his finger a little bit,” while receiving a