JAYS FROM THE COUCH BRINGS YOU THE LATEST TORONTO BLUE JAYS NEWS & LINKS. THIS EDITION: INJURIES, BARNES, PILLAR, AND MORE!
After a wild 8-7 finale compliments of a Ryan Goins walk off in the ninth against the Cleveland Indians, and another series win in the books, the Blue Jays are staying at home for a four game weekend series against the Seattle Mariners. Today, the Blue Jays will send Marco Estrada to the mound, to face off against Chase De Jong who’s had a slow start to his season so far. There is a lot of Blue Jays news and analysis right now, including some encouraging Blue Jays injury news, and of course some bad… Here’s whats going on around the blogs right now.
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I’ll try to hit all the injury news in one paragraph. I could spread it out but that would make this article, “Blue Jays Morning Injuries Updates”, which isn’t that bad of an idea for a post. Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com has updated us on a few injuries in his news post yesterday. Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring. He had an MRI yesterday morning, and was listed on the bench in last night’s game. The Blue Jays are hopeful that with some treatment Morales could avoid a DL stint all together. Also in this post, Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will begin his rehab stint early next week in Class-A Dunedin. If all goes well, Tulowitzki could come back next week when the Blue Jays hit the road in Atlanta. In a separate news hit from Gregor Chisholm, the Blue Jays are hopeful that starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez will start this weekend against the Mariners. Sanchez looks like he has fully recovered from the blister on his right middle finger, and if all goes well in his throwing sessions, we could see him this weekend back on the field.
Wesley James over at Blue Jays from Away, wrote a great article about some under the radar prospects in Triple-A Buffalo who are turning some heads early on this season. The Bisons have had a very hot start to the season, and the play of Jason Leblebijian, Dwight Smith Jr., and recently called up Mike Ohlman, have surged Buffalo to 17-12 record. The article has some great quotes on the players approach to this season, showing the organizations’ views on developing some of these prospects, and how they view them within the organization depth charts.
Sean Addis over at BP Toronto, writes that reliever Danny Barnes might be this years version of Joe Biagini’s 2016 campaign. Barnes has an interesting pitch repertoire, really nice swing and miss stuff which has been proven at every level he’s played at, and the ability to induce weak contact. If Barnes continues to impress, the importance of the innings he pitches in will increase. Barnes pitched 2 innings last night, allowing three hits, but getting two strikeouts, and not allowing a single run to cross home plate.
It seems like every morning news article has featured a Jeff Quattrociocchi article. Jeff has been killing it recently for Jays From the Couch. This time he wrote on Kevin Pillar’s progress that he’s made at the plate this year. Jeff does a great job of outlining some of Pillar’s improved plate discipline this year, hitting the ball for more solid contact, and the great consistency he’s shown this season. Pillar has been the MVP of the Blue Jays so far this year, lets hope he can continue this hot play through the month of May.
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