A pair of injuries created the opportunity for Dwight Smith Jr., and now the 25-year-old is doing what he can to make the most of it. The Blue Jays outfielder came through with the first home run of his career during the sixth inning of Thursday afternoon's game against the Angels.
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Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia is set to come off the 10-day disabled list in time to make Saturday's start against the Phillies.
The Blue Jays will open a three-game Interleague series in Philadelphia when right-hander Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 0.93 ERA) takes the mound Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Gaviglio staked his claim to a spot in the rotation by tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings vs. Oakland his last time out. There is still no timetable for Marcus Stroman's return, so this job belongs to Gaviglio for as long as his performance dictates it. Philadelphia will counter with right-hander Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.56 ERA).
Donaldson stunned by Simmons' diving snag
Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard allowed four runs in the ninth inning as a two-run lead evaporated in a 5-4 loss on Wednesday night. The Angels took advantage of some erratic command by the veteran reliever while Andrelton Simmons delivered the go-ahead single, and a Blue Jays rally in the bottom half of the frame came up short.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
Kendrys Morales is finally starting to show some signs of life at the plate. Morales went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs to help snap the Blue Jays' four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night. Josh Donaldson chipped in with a pair of doubles while veteran lefty J.A. Happ tossed seven strong innings to earn win No. 6 on the year.
Who do the Blue Jays have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Toronto's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
Donaldson thinks twice about running on Trout
Devon Travis admits that his career took a step back earlier this year, but he hopes even more adversity will turn him into a better Major Leaguer. Travis rejoined the Blue Jays on Tuesday after he was recalled following a three-week stint in the Minor Leagues.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Will the Blue Jays call on any prospects for rotation help? Beat reporter Gregor Chisholm answers this and more in the latest Inbox.
The Blue Jays' recent slide continued on Sunday afternoon, as Toronto was swept in a four-game series at home for the first time in 17 years. Right-hander Joe Biagini allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and two walks in a 9-2 loss to the A's.
MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put on a show on Sunday in the first game of Double-A New Hampshire's doubleheader against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies before going 1-for-3 with an RBI in the nightcap.
The Blue Jays' vaunted bullpen finally hit a bump in the road on Saturday afternoon and it spoiled a rare strong outing from a Toronto starter. Veteran relievers Tyler Clippard and John Axford combined to allow five runs in the top of the eighth as a seemingly guaranteed victory turned into a 5-4 loss at Rogers Centre.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Marco Estrada was enjoying one of his best starts this season when three consecutive two-out doubles in the top of the seventh inning changed everything. A tie ballgame quickly became a two-run deficit as the Blue Jays were saddled with a 3-1 loss to the Athletics on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Grandy makes catch, gets pats from fans
The Blue Jays placed left-hander Jaime Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, retroactive to May 16, and recalled right-hander Deck McGuire from Triple-A Buffalo.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons talked at length on Thursday afternoon about his hope that a recent strong outing by J.A. Happ would create some momentum for his starting rotation. It didn't happen.
At the quarter-season mark, the American League East has basically been a clash between traditional heavyweights, New York and Boston. However, there's a lot of baseball to be played in the summer of 2018. Will the Yankees or Red Sox run away with it? Or will the Blue Jays, Orioles or Rays find a way to fight their way back into contention? Here's a look at where each of the teams in the AL East stacks up with three-quarters of the season remaining.
Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernandez and Richard Urena homered, while J.A. Happ allowed two hits while fanning 10 over seven scoreless innings to lead the Blue Jays to a rout in their first win vs. the Mets on the road in club history, following 12 losses. Zack Wheeler was strong before an 18-minute on-field rain delay in the third, but he struggled afterward, and Brandon Nimmo's homer with two outs in the ninth was all the Mets could muster.
Bisons to become 'Buffalo Wings' for series
More than two dozen individuals scattered across the field in the third inning of the Blue Jays' 12-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday, none of them players. Buzzing around the infield dirt, members of Citi Field's grounds crew hauled rakes and bags of Diamond Dry, working frantically to eliminate the puddles that seemed to grow larger by the minute.
The No. 2 prospect in baseball, Vlad Jr. continued his onslaught on Eastern League pitching Wednesday afternoon, crushing his seventh home run of the season for Double-A New Hampshire. The home run was one of four hits on the day for the Blue Jays' top prospect, who is now batting .415, a mark that ranks second among all Minor League players.
The Blue Jays added a fresh arm to their bullpen on Wednesday morning by recalling right-hander Danny Barnes and optioning Deck McGuire to Triple-A Buffalo.
The problems in the Blue Jays' starting rotation have gone from bad to worse. Veteran lefty Jaime Garcia became the latest contributor to Toronto's starting woes as he lasted just 3 2/3 innings in a 12-2 loss to the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Garcia was charged with six runs on six hits and three walks as his record dropped to 2-3.
Martin plays shortstop for first time ever
The Blue Jays' demotion of prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has opened the door for Richard Urena to assume the bulk of the duties at shortstop, but the team is still expected to run a platoon at the position.
MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo sat down with Blue Jays prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette to look at video and break down some of their recent at-bats.
Joe Biagini's transition to a full-time starting pitcher is still a work in progress. The latest example came during Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Red Sox. Biagini was chased in the fifth inning after he allowed four runs in a 5-3 loss to Boston on a special Mother's Day matinee at Rogers Centre. There were glimpses of progress and hints of the same pitfalls that plagued Biagini late last season.
The Blue Jays optioned outfield prospect Anthony Alford to Triple-A Buffalo following Sunday afternoon's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox.
Kim MacDonald has spent the past two decades living in the public eye, but the award-winning broadcaster for The Weather Network had never bared her soul quite like she has over the past 18 months.
The Blue Jays officially added infielder Gio Urshela to the 25-man roster prior to Saturday afternoon's 5-2 loss to the Red Sox while outfielder Dalton Pompey was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto acquired Urshela from Cleveland earlier this week in exchange for cash considerations. He was originally expected to report on Friday, but his arrival was briefly delayed as the 26-year-old worked through some work visa issues.
Continued irritation in his pitching shoulder has landed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 10-day disabled list, the Blue Jays announced on Friday.