There were high hopes for Bo Schultz following an impressive 2015 campaign in which he posted a 3.56 ERA with 31 strikeouts over 43 innings (31 games). However, offseason hip surgery delayed his 2016 debut until late June, and Schultz never found solid footing with the big league team at any point during the year. The right-hander bounced between Triple-A Buffalo and Toronto over the final few months of the season, ultimately managing an ugly 5.51 ERA (4.91 FIP) over 16 appearances at the MLB level. He fared much better in 26 games with Buffalo, owning a 3.74 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 33.2 innings. With the Jays' bullpen needing major retooling before 2017, Schultz is expected to be in the mix for a full-time gig next season. The 31-year-old's career 6.15 K/9 is less than impressive, but Schultz's command (1.65 BB/9 in 2016) and extreme groundball rate (2.73 GB/FB in 2016) makes him a perfect mid-relief option.
Schultz will seek a second opinion on Tuesday from a New York doctor while battling an elbow injury, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports. The severity of Schultz's injury remains unknown, but it appears the right-hander is dealing with a serious situation. Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports Schultz is likely going to need elbow surgery. Tuesday's events should clarify where the 31-year-old stands and provide a timetable for his recovery.
Schultz will start the season on the DL with an apparent elbow injury, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports. The 31-year-old underwent offseason hip surgery last year, and now he's set to begin the season on the DL with an apparent elbow injury, though the extent still isn't known. Schultz was a favorite entering camp to win a middle-relief role, but his 6.75 ERA and 1.88 WHIP across 5.1 innings this spring did nothing to help him secure a roster spot. He'll now gear up for what appears to be another long recovery process.
Schultz has stumbled to a 6.75 ERA and 1.88 WHIP over six Grapefruit League appearances (5.1 innings). Schultz entered camp as a favorite to win a middle-relief role, but his fate looks much different as spring nears its end. In 2015, the righty was a key contributor (3.56 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and .205 BAA) over 43 innings for the Jays. After that campaign, Schultz underwent offseason hip surgery and has struggled to return to form. With no options remaining on his contract, the 31-year-old would be exposed to waivers (and likely picked up) if he doesn't break camp with the MLB team.
Schultz is one of many candidates vying for the few remaining spots in the Jays' Opening Day bullpen, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. Schultz is out of minor-league options, which may actually help his chances of making the team. The 31-year-old has made 51 relief appearance in the majors, all of which came over the past three years, and owns a career 4.54 ERA over 67.1 innings. Even if Schultz leaves camp with a job on the 25-man-roster, he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact as he'll primarily be used in low-leverage situations.
With plenty of jobs up for grabs in the Jays' bullpen, Schultz is expected to fill a middle-relief role in 2017, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. In 2015, the 31-year-old pitched 43 innings over 31 appearances for the Jays (3.56 ERA and 1.07 WHIP), but struggled greatly in his most recent campaign. The right-handed Schultz was battling back from offseason hip surgery and didn't start pitching regularly for Triple-A Buffalo until early May. He posted a 5.51 ERA over 16.1 innings in the big leagues while posting a 3.74 ERA over 33.2 frames in Buffalo. If Schultz can get back to his 2015 ways, the reliever could be in line for double-digits holds in 2017.