Toronto Blue Jays

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Blue Jays.2487592213.78
AL East4th2nd2nd1st
American League 12th5th3rd1st

Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Sat Feb 25
at ATL
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Sun Feb 26
at NYY
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1:07 pm EST
Sun Feb 26
PHI
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PIT
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Tue Feb 28
at PIT
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DET
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PHI
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NYY
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Sat Mar 4
at MIN
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Sun Mar 5
TB
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Wed Mar 8
at BAL
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Thu Mar 9
at PHI

Standings

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Tampa Bay0-00-0
Toronto0-00-0
Boston0-00-0
Baltimore0-00-0
New York0-00-0
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Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Uncertain about health of shoulder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Floyd says he's still not fully recovered from the strained shoulder that ended his 2016 season in June, John Lott reports.

After spending the first 11 years of his MLB career as a starter, Floyd became a full-time reliever in 2016. He admits that he still prepared like a starter and threw too many pitches in his mid-week bullpen sessions. The veteran left-hander attributes his injury woes to the self-imposed workload and is now uncertain where his health stands as Opening Day inches closer. A fierce battle for two bullpen spots is underway at Jays' camp, and Floyd's chances at earning one of those roles is seemingly fading fast.

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Blue Jays' Aaron Loup: Says he's fully-recovered from elbow issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Loup says he "feels great" and is fully-recovered from the elbow injury that plagued his 2016 campaign, John Lott reports.

Last season, Loup dealt with the first serious injury of his career, a flexor strain in his elbow that caused him to begin the year on the disabled list. The side-winding lefty now admits now he came back several weeks too soon which led to another setback. "At first, we didn't think it was that bad, but it ended up being worse than we thought," he said. "It took me longer to come back, and then when I actually got back, I probably still wasn't completely ready to be back." When the Blue Jays open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, a fierce battle for two bullpen spots will begin, and Loup will be among a group of eight pitcher in the mix.

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Blue Jays' Juan Graterol: Moves up depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Following the release of fellow catcher A.J. Jimenez, Graterol now sits as the team's third catcher on the depth chart, SB Nation reports.

Graterol has been claimed by four teams over the past three months. Other than 14 at-bats for the Angels last year, the 28-year-old backstop has been a career minor leaguer. In 527 games at the lower levels, Graterol has hit .270/.320/.335, displaying little to no power over ten seasons. Even though he's listed as the third catcher now, it's very likely that he'll be usurped by prospects Reese McGuire and Max Pentecost by mid-season. It would take an early-season injury to Russell Martin or Jarod Saltalamacchia for Graterol to see any MLB action this year.

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Blue Jays' J.A. Happ: Focuses training on explosiveness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ has decided not to build endurance through cardio workouts in favor of exercises that put a premium on short bursts of high-intensity activities, Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports.

Happ has steered away from the traditional running exercises that pitchers are known for. "I think we've figured out that some of the traditions in baseball are a little backwards," Happ said before Tuesday's drills. "It used to be to go out and run [foul pole to foul pole] for 20 minutes. That's not beneficial for me. It's just going to hurt my back, take some weight off me. And I'm trying to get stronger and build and be more explosive." Last year's 20-game winner traditionally hands the ball to his bullpen near the seventh inning, so owners shouldn't expect stamina (and complete games) to be part of what they're buying on draft day.

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Blue Jays' Casey Lawrence: Sets sight on making MLB debut in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Lawrence, who is entering his eighth professional season, has made mechanical adjustments that have him on the verge of making his MLB debut, the Toronto Star reports.

A groundball specialist, Lawrence's climb through the Jays' system has been slow. After six mediocre seasons in the minors, the 29-year-old all of the sudden broke out with a noteworthy effort in 2016. His effectiveness over the final month earned him a new minor-league contract and his first invitation to big league camp this spring. "We changed a couple of mechanical things and it started to come together at the end of the year with a little bump in velocity," Lawrence said. "Before I was 88-90 (mph). Near the end of the year, I was 92-94, so it's just being able to pitch a little differently." His increased velocity, command of his sinker and the lack of immediate depth in the Jays' upper levels give the Pennsylvania native a fighting chance at making the bigs at some point this year.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGJosh Donaldson , 3B.284
HREdwin Encarnacion , DH42
RBIEdwin Encarnacion , DH127
OBPJosh Donaldson , 3B.404
SLGJosh Donaldson , 3B.549
RJosh Donaldson , 3B122
SBMelvin Upton , LF27
WJ.A. Happ , SP20
ERAAaron Sanchez , SP3.00
WHIPMarco Estrada , SP1.12
KFrancisco Liriano , SP168
SVRoberto Osuna , RP36

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