Toronto Blue Jays

AL East

Troy Tulowitzki will further his rehab and resume baseball activities this week following surgery to remove bone spurs at the beginning of the month. (Source: Shi Davidi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: An exact timetable for Tulowitzki's return is still not known, but his rehab appears to be heading in the right direction at this point.

Category: Injury Updates

Justin Smoak walks, Ks twice

Wed, Apr 25th 9:38am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Justin Smoak went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Smoak's average is now down to .228 on the season. He's done a nice job taking walks, as his OBP is sitting at a solid .354 mark despite his low batting average. Still, there hasn't been much in the way of power with only two homers and a slugging percentage south of .400.

Category: Game Recaps

Curtis Granderson had a monster game at the plate against the Red Sox on Tuesday, finishing the game 3-for-5 including a single, a double, and a walk-off home run.

Fantasy Impact: Granderson was responsible for driving in three of the Blue Jays' four runs on Tuesday and he capped off his night by blasting a walk-off solo home run off of Craig Kimbrel in the bottom of the 10th inning. The 37 year old outfielder owns a blistering .321./424/.571 triple slash line through 66 plate appearances and he still clearly has quite a bit of juice left in the tank.

Category: Game Recaps

J.A. Happ pitched a beauty of a game on Tuesday night, holding the hard hitting Red Sox lineup to just one run through seven innings while striking out a season-high 10 batters.

Fantasy Impact: Happ was nearly flawless against the Red Sox as he allowed just four hits and did not walk a single batter on the night. The veteran southpaw has been one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2018 as he now owns a 3-1 record to go along with a 3.72 ERA. All the more impressive is that Happ is currently sitting on a robust 32.0 percent K rate after registering just a league average 22.7 percent K rate in 2017. Through five starts Happ is looking every bit like his 2016 self, where he finished sixth in the Cy Young voting with a dazzling 20-4 record.

Category: Game Recaps

Roberto Osuna blew his first save of the year against the Red Sox on Tuesday night by walking a batter and surrendering two runs on four hits in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna entered the game with a 2-run lead but things went south in a hurry for the usually reliable closer. Osuna struck out two batters in the inning but after loading up the bases, Brock Holt delivered a game-tying single with two outs. Although he blew the save, Osuna avoided the loss thanks to a Curtis Granderson walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. The two runs allowed tonight were the only runs Osuna has allowed through 10.1 innings pitched and he ranks second in the American League with six converted saves.

Category: Game Recaps

According to the Blue Jays' manager, John Gibbons, Josh Donaldson is progressing and could begin a rehab assignment this week. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson has been on the DL since April 13th with a lingering shoulder injury but it looks like he will be returning to the lineup in the near future. When he is fully healthy, Donaldson will man third base and likely slot back into the second spot of the batting order. A more detailed timeline of his progression is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday.

Category: Injury Updates

Kendrys Morales is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Steve Pearce is serving as the designated hitter and batting fifth in the order. Pearce owns just a .249/.323/.413 career triple slash line against right handed pitchers so he is not a very appealing DFS play for today's slate, especially against a red-hot Rick Porcello.

The Blue Jays' recently acquired shortstop may have started the season on fire, but over the past week he has cooled off considerably, going just 2 for 19. The Blue Jays gave him Sunday off to hit the reset button in hope that he will return to getting on base this week.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is by no means a safe bet considering how lousy his numbers were last season. With that being said, he offers power and batting average upside that is uncommon for middle infielders and is worth monitoring for a pickup.

Category: Game Recaps

John Axford gave up one hit in the eighth during his scoreless inning of relief in the Blue Jay's loss to the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Axford holds a 2.70 ERA, and a 1.50 WHIP in 10 innings pitched so far this season but does not hold much value in any fantasy leagues.

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Danny Barnes threw one-inning of relief surrendering an unearned run and one hit in the Blue Jay's 5-1 loss the the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Barnes has a 0.77 ERA, and a 1.03 WHIP in 10.2 innings pitched this year. Barnes has been great when he's got his chances, but as of now, they are far too inconsistent to garner and roster spot in any league. He can be avoided for now.

Category: Game Recaps

Seung-Hwan Oh threw 2/3 of an inning surrendering one hit in the Blue Jay's 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Oh maintained his 2.08 ERA and holds a 1.62 WHIP. The WHIP is a little high, but I wouldn't be worried too much. Oh is a reliable reliever if you are playing in a league that accounts for holds. He's still worth a roster spot in holds leagues.

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Jamie Garcia suffered his first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon as he surrendered six hits and four earned runs through five and a third innings pitched against the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia also struck out six batters and walked three during the contest. After a shaky start, Garcia settled down and held the Yankees' hard hitting lineup in check after giving up three runs in the first two innings. Garcia is off to quality start with his new team as he is currently sitting on a 4.57 ERA with 23 strikeouts through 21.2 innings. Garcia will draw an easier opponent next time out as he will likely toe the rubber at Rogers Centre against the Texas Rangers.

Category: Game Recaps

Teoscar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo home run during the Blue Jays' 5-1 loss the the Yankees on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez has long been regarded as a prospect with an impressive set of tools and he is finally showing them on a consistent basis at the big league level. Hernandez got the Blue Jays on the scoreboard by launching a solo bomb off of Luis Severino in the sixth inning. The former highly touted Astros' prospect is sporting a rock-solid .343/.395 /.743 triple slash line through eight games to go along with three homers. The sample size is still rather small and its no guarantee that Hernandez remains a fixture in the lineup but he should be rostered in nearly all season-long leagues at least for the time being.

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Marcus Stroman fell to 0-2 on Saturday afternoon versus the New York Yankees, allowing eight runs (six earned) on five hits in just 5 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Stroman walked four and struck out five in this one. It's been a frustrating start to the year for the soon to be 27-year-old. He now carries a 8.55 ERA into his next start versus Texas on Friday. Fantasy owners may want to consider benching him for a bit as he sorts things out.

Category: Game Recaps

Marco Estrada surrendered five runs through five innings and he was credited with a win against the Yankees on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Estrada labored through five innings, allowing seven hits while walking a batter and striking out four. Estrada served up three home runs and that doesn't come as a huge surprise considering he is an extreme fly ball pitcher facing a lineup stacked with power bats in a hitter's park. Luckily for the Estrada, Sonny Gray pitched even worse which allowed him to earn the win. Although Estrada moves to 2-1 on the year, he has coughed up six homers through just four starts and he is boasting an inflated 5.32 ERA.

Category: Game Recaps

Lourdis Gurriel Jr. will start at second base and bat ninth against the Yankees on Friday. (Source: Toronto Blue Jays on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Yuli's younger brother was just called up today from the minors and the Blue Jays will give him a chance to start immediately. Lourdes has hit the ball well in Double-A and he is going to get an opportunity to prove himself on Friday. Gurriel has a slim chance of carving out a long-term starting role on the team but if he sets the world on fire he could challenge an under performing Devon Travis for playing time.

Category: Transactions

Aaron Sanchez threw six-innings surrendering seven hits, walking two, striking out two, and giving up three runs.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez has shown well in his four starts this season compiling a 3.86 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. What I would be worried about is his low 5.3 K/9. For now, he should remain in your starting lineup as his upside is excellent.

Category: Game Recaps

Luke Maile went 2-for-4 with two singles, a run scored, and a RBI during the Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx.

Fantasy Impact: The 27 year old backup catcher followed up his walk-off hit from Tuesday with a two hit game against the Yankees. Maile has recorded 12 hits through 25 plate appearances and he is currently sporting an absurd 1.192 OPS. Maile is playing great at the moment but it is hard to get too excited considering he is being utilized in a backup role and he is batting just .207 through 110 Major League games. Maile has no place on season-long rosters but he is someone to keep in mind for DFS when he starts in place of Russell Martin behind the dish.

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Yangervis Solarte homered for the second consecutive day during the Blue Jays' 15-5 win over the Royals and he finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Solarte smacked a solo home run off of Ian Kennedy during the fourth inning of the Blue Jays' 15 run outburst on Wednesday. Solarte is sporting a rock solid .296 batting average with three long balls on the year. Even when players like Josh Donaldson and Kendrys Morales return, expect the Blue Jays to continue to find ways to get Solarte's switch-hitting power bat into the lineup. Batting in the fourth spot of a potent offense and swinging a red-hot bat, Solarte warrants ownership in all league formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Randal Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Royals. Grichuk followed it up with a 0-for-3 showing in Game 2, though he drew a walk and scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: Could this be a breakout for Grichuk who has been awful at the plate to begin the season? With the homer, the 26-year-old outfielder now has two on the season. But Grichuk is only hitting .102 with a .196 OBP. Fantasy owners in deeper fantasy leagues may want to see if Grichuk is turning a corner but he should already be dropped in shallow leagues.

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