Moreno (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment this week in the Florida Complex League, Future Blue Jays reports. The FCL Jays were rained out Tuesday, but Moreno should soon get into game action. He has been out since June 25 with a minor thumb fracture. Moreno is a strong candidate to go to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time.
Moreno was placed on the injured list at Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday due to to a minor thumb fracture, Sam Dykstra of MLBPipeline reports. Per Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, Moreno suffered the injury when he was hit on the thumb by a pitch, and he's expected to miss multiple weeks. Moreno seemed to be nearing a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo with an outside chance of making it to the big leagues in September, but the injury will certainly make reaching both of those milestones a far more difficult task. The catcher has slashed an outstanding .373/.441/.651 with eight homers and 46 RBI across 145 plate appearances with New Hampshire this season.
Moreno went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI for Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday. The 21-year-old continues to dominate Double-A pitching, as he homered for the third straight game to push his slash line to .388/.438/.690 through 29 games with eight homers and a stunning 40 RBI. A promotion in the near future to Triple-A seems inevitable for Moreno, who is putting himself in position for a big-league debut perhaps as soon as September.
The Blue Jays optioned Moreno to their minor-league camp Thursday. Moreno last played at Low-A Lansing in 2019, slashing .280/.337/.485 over 341 plate appearances. He'll likely make the jump to High-A Vancouver or possibly even Double-A New Hamsphire to begin 2021 as the Blue Jays look to get his developmental timeline back on track following the cancellation of the 2020 minor-league season. Among the young backstops in the organization, Moreno is third in the pecking order behind Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk.
Moreno was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Friday. Moreno was able to develop as part of the Blue Jays' 60-man roster in 2020, but he's likely still several years away from being considered for the major-league roster. His addition to the 40-man roster will protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 20-year-old slashed .280/.337/.485 with 12 home runs at the Low-A level in 2019.
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