Injuries & Roster Moves: Matz to COVID-IL

June 14th, 2021

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

ROSTER MOVES

June 13: LHP Steven Matz added to COVID-19 IL after positive test
Matz tested positive for COVID-19 on June 14 after initially receiving an inconclusive result on Sunday. This means that Matz must spend a minimum of 10 days on the IL, then go through MLB's full COVID-19 protocols before he is permitted to return safely to the team. The Blue Jays said on Monday that Matz is currently free of symptoms.

June 13: RHP Jeremy Beasley added to roster
Beasley continues to bounce back and forth for the Blue Jays, this time being added back quickly after his recent optioning to Triple-A. In the short term, Beasley will provide some length out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays if they need to carry a heavy workload in Boston.

June 12: LHP Tayler Saucedo added to active roster
The Blue Jays' obvious need in the bullpen means an opportunity for Saucedo, who will be making his MLB debut. The left-hander was a 21st-round pick of the Blue Jays back in 2015, and after coming up as a starter and swingman, Saucedo made the full-time shift to the bullpen this season in Triple-A. He's put up a 2.20 ERA with 21 strikeouts and two walks over 16 1/3 innings, so it's well-earned.

June 11: 3B activated from 10-day IL
Biggio rejoined the Blue Jays in Boston after missing time with a cervical spine ligament sprain (neck). He should slide right back into regular reps at third base with the odd game at second base or a corner-outfield spot. Prior to hitting the IL, Biggio was hitting .205 with a .630 OPS over 39 games.

June 11: INF optioned to Triple-A
Espinal was sent down to make room for Biggio, and while the young infielder has shown his value this season, the Blue Jays would rather he get everyday reps in Triple-A than share reserve infield reps with Joe Panik, who’s played well of late. It won’t be surprising to see Espinal get more looks with the Blue Jays this season and beyond.

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:
Mid-to-late June
Springer will begin his long-awaited rehab assignment with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night in Rochester. Springer will play five innings in his first rehab game and the Blue Jays will continue to evaluate from there, but the club is confident that he will be back in a position to regularly play the field by the time he returns to the big leagues. Springer has been on the IL since May 5 with a quad strain, his second lengthy stint of the season. (Last updated: June 14)

C (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: TBD
Jansen was hitting .273 with one extra-base hit in five games leading up to the injury sustained while running the bases on June 6. (Last updated: June 8)

LHP (left forearm flexor strain)
Expected return
: Potentially late June
Borucki is still not throwing as of June 1. Back on May 23, he was progressing towards throwing, but until he's back on a mound, it will be difficult to chart a timeline. Borucki's injury history also means the Blue Jays will be cautious here. (Last updated: June 1)

LHP (left shoulder impingement)
Expected return:
TBD
Montoyo said he doesn't believe the impingement is too concerning, but it's serious enough that Bergen wouldn't have been able to pitch "the next couple of days" at least. (Last updated: May 27)

60-day IL

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 AC joint injury)
Expected return: Potentially late June
Murphy has been working his way back with rehab outings in Low-A and now Triple-A, last pitching on June 5. The Blue Jays are keeping Murphy as a reliever for now, and given the number of injuries they’re facing in their bullpen, he could be an MLB option when he’s back to 100 percent. (Last updated: June 10)

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: Potentially late June
GM Ross Atkins isn't expecting Merryweather to be ready immediately when he's eligible to come off the 60-day IL, because the club wants him to be ready to pitch back-to-back when he's back on the 40-man roster. He's in a throwing routine now, though, which is encouraging. (Last updated: June 6)

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)

C (left hip flexor strain)
Expected return: TBD
Kirk hit the IL in early May and was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 8, so he’ll be eligible to return in early July. There won’t be a clear timeline with Kirk for some time, but the gifted young hitter was just starting to play his way into more reps, sharing time with Danny Jansen. His mature bat and high contact rate will be a welcome addition to this Blue Jays lineup whenever he returns. (Last updated: May 25)

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)