Estrada (5-4) gave up two earned runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners. He struck out three. The veteran right-hander made a solid return from his back injury, giving up only a first-inning fielders choice RBI to Robinson Cano and a fifth-inning run-scoring double to Seth Smith. Estrada was also able to notch 14 swinging strikes, but didn't receive any appreciable run support on a night where Mariners lefty James Paxton consistently stymied the potent Blue Jays lineup. Despite dropping his second straight decision, Estrada's ERA remains a solid 2.94 and his WHIP remains a strong 1.01.
Estrada (back) was activated from the disabled list and will start Friday against the Mariners. Back soreness cost Estrada a couple turns in the rotation but he's been cleared to toe the rubber Friday opposite James Paxton. The back issue has been something Estrada's had to manage really since spring training, but it's been impossible to tell by the way he's pitched as the 33-year-old is putting together a career year (2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP). He's been excellent at home this season, posting a 2.44 ERA and .151 BAA in eight starts.
Before being placed on the 15-Day DL with a back injury, Estrada (5-3) posted a nifty 2.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 16 first-half starts. Estrada is scheduled to return after the All-Star Break and that news couldn't be any better for the Blue Jays and fantasy owners. The 33-year-old right-hander leads the AL in WHIP, BAA and OPS against, while managing the league's third-best ERA. Estrada has put forth a quality outing in 12 of his starts, including a stretch of eight in a row from May 19 to June 27. In fact, had he not pulled himself from his final start due to injury, Estrada may very well have entered the break riding a streak of 13 straight quality starts. Unfortunately, he's fallen victim to having one of the worst run support averages in all of MLB at 4.1 runs per game. The Jays have been heating up though, and that should translate into many more wins in the second half for Estrada.
Estrada (back) was placed on the 15-day DL and will not be able to return to the rotation until after the All-Star break, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports. The Blue Jays had been hoping Estrada would be able to return to the rotation this weekend, but that has now been ruled out, and he will not be able to pitch in the All-Star game as a result. It is unclear how soon he will be able to take the mound after the break, but he could slot in as soon as July 19 in Arizona. It's a shame that Estrada won't be able to pitch in the All-Star game, as he is certainly deserving of the honor, but the Jays are far more concerned with him getting back to help them down the stretch as they contend for a playoff spot.
Estrada (back) is expected to make his next scheduled start, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada reports. Estrada was bothered by a bit of back pain in his previous start, which seems a bit similar to his early-season back issue. It didn't hinder his performance much, however, as the right-hander allowed three earned runs over five frames. Estrada has since received a cortisone shot, and as long as nothing new resurfaces, he should be good to go for Wednesday's series finale against the Royals. Manager John Gibbons was non-committal, however, stating "He should be fine. We'll see."