Gausman (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to start Thursday's series opener with the Mariners, though he hasn't been ruled out from pitching Sunday's series finale in Seattle, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Gausman's inability to throw a bullpen session Tuesday likely closed the door on him starting Thursday, but he hasn't been shut down entirely, as he's expected to play catch Wednesday. The Blue Jays will evaluate Gausman during the workout before potentially allowing him to throw off a mound Thursday or Friday, which would keep him in the mix to start Sunday, according to Davidi. Casey Lawrence was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, and if he's not needed in relief in the Blue Jays' series finale in Oakland, he would likely be the top candidate to fill in for Gausman on Thursday, per Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star.
Gausman (ankle) played catch Tuesday instead of throwing his usual between-starts bullpen session, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. The right-hander lines up for his next turn through the rotation Thursday in Seattle, but it appears the ankle injury he suffered during Saturday's outing may affect his availability for this week. Gausman has yet to be ruled out for Thursday's start, but he's likely trending in the wrong direction. Casey Lawrence could be called up to pitch should Gausman be unavailable.
Gausman is still having trouble pushing off his injured right ankle, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. Gausman is still dinged up after being struck by a line drive Saturday, and it's not yet known if he will be ready to make his next scheduled start. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, and it seems likely another update on his status will come after that.
Gausman left the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays with a right ankle contusion, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports. X-rays were negative, so Blue Jays fans and fantasy managers can breathe a sigh of relief. Gausman went down and stayed down for several minutes after taking a comebacker off his ankle in the second inning of Saturday's matinee. It's still possible he could miss a start or end up on the injured list, but it does not sound like Gausman is in line for an extended absence.
Gausman exited the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays after being hit in the ankle by a comebacker in the top of the second inning, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports. Gausman allowed four hits and a walk while striking out three in two scoreless innings to begin Saturday's matinee, but he was hit by a comebacker in the top of the second inning. He remained down for several minutes but was ultimately able to walk off the field under his own power. The right-hander will presumably undergo further testing before the Blue Jays determine whether he'll need to miss additional time.
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