Roark (illness) has been cleared to start Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. With Roark having made a full recovery from the case of the flu that had sidelined him earlier in camp, he'll now take the hill for his season debut in what will most likely be a two- or three-inning appearance. The time he's missed puts Roark behind schedule compared to the Jays' other rotation candidates, but he's expected to be ready to handle a starter's workload by the time his first scheduled turn of the regular season arrives in late March.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Roark (illness) will make his Grapefruit League debut at some point next week, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Roark missed the start of his first camp with the Blue Jays while recovering from a bout with the flu, but the right-hander has moved past the illness and is merely getting his arm conditioned for starting duty at this point. He's scheduled to throw a simulated game this weekend, so if that goes well, the Blue Jays should pinpoint a date for his spring debut shortly thereafter.
Roark (illness) threw a bullpen session Sunday and felt good afterward, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Roark has missed about a week of workouts during spring training as he battles the flu, but he was able to resume throwing Sunday with a bullpen session. If the right-hander is able to rebuild his strength ahead of Opening Day, he'll likely play a prominent role in Toronto's starting rotation this season after signing with the team during the offseason.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Thursday that Roark still remains away from camp while recovering from the flu, though the skipper doesn't believe the right-hander is in danger of missing the start of the season, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Roark has missed the last four days of workouts due to the ailment and won't be available when the Blue Jays open their Grapefruit League schedule Saturday. Assuming Roark is able to shake off the bug and rejoin the team next week, he should be able to build up his arm enough to handle a starter's workload by the time Opening Day arrives. Roark is locked into a rotation spot after Toronto inked him to a two-year, $24 million deal over the winter.
Roark was sent home Monday due to an illness, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Manager Charlie Montoyo revealed Monday that Roark was sick and sent home. However, the illness doesn't sound too severe, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the right-hander back at spring training in the coming days.
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