Once the Blue Jays called up Chris Colabello from Triple-A Buffalo, he worked his way into the outfield mix and then wound up splitting time at first base with Justin Smoak. Despite his versatility, Colabello had a hard time staying in the lineup, particularly in the second half. His work at the plate wasn't to blame, as he hit .321 with 15 home runs in 333 at-bats. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons relied heavily on Colabello in the postseason, perhaps signaling a bigger role in 2016. On the down side, he will be hard pressed to hit close to .411 on balls in play again, even though he is adept at hitting to the opposite field. On the chance that Colabello earns an everyday role, he is worth drafting in any mixed league format deeper than 12 teams.
Colabello is in the lineup for Friday's ALDS matchup with the Rangers, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports. After being limited to bench duty in Game 1, Colabello will take Justin Smoak's spot in the lineup for Game with southpaw Cole Hamels getting the start for the Rangers. He will hit sixth in the Blue Jays' batting order.
Blue Jays designated hitter Chris Colabello provided all the offense the team would need in Wednesday's 10-3 win over the A's. Colabello went 2 for 4 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored. He hit his 11th home run of the season when he connected off Aaron Brooks in the first inning for a three-run shot. Prior to Wednesday's win, Colabello was hitting .371 with one home run and six RBI in his last 12 games.
Blue Jays DH Chris Colabello went 3 for 4 in Tuesday's win over Oakland. Colabello doubled twice and scored. He also extended his hitting streak to eight games. He's hitting .455 over the streak.
Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees. Encarnacion has been bothered by a sore middle finger on his left hand. An off day on Monday will give Encarnacion two days to rest the finger. Chris Colabello replaces Encarnacion at DH.
Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello continued to produce in the clutch, driving in the game-winning runs with a single in the ninth inning of Toronto's come-from-behind victory Saturday. Colabello's first hit of the game raised his average to .320 on the season, and with the pair of RBIs, lifted his total to 38 on the season. Colabello has driven in nine runs this month.