Floyd (shoulder) was released by the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Floyd, who attended spring training as a non-roster invitee, was unable to pitch in Grapefruit League play while experiencing lingering pain in his strained shoulder, an injury that ended his 2016 campaign prematurely. It appears the veteran right-hander isn't close to pitching, so the Blue Jays decided to cut their losses. The 34-year-old will likely look to land a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays or another organization once he's sufficiently healthy.
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.
Floyd (shoulder) signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. He ended the 2016 season on the DL with a shoulder injury, so it remains to be seen how healthy he will be for spring training. Floyd transitioned to a relief role with the Jays last year, notching a 4.06 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 31 innings. He will offer organizational bullpen depth in 2017.
Floyd (shoulder) remains unlikely to return before the end of the 2016 season, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports. Floyd has been out of commission since June 26 with the shoulder injury and has been spent the last two months rehabbing at the Blue Jays' spring training complex in Florida. While he indicated he's "making good progress" and has resumed throwing, Floyd remains without an official timetable for a return.
Floyd (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday, MLB.com reports. Floyd has been out for over a month and could be sidelined for the rest of the season, so moving him to the 60-day DL was an inevitability with the Blue Jays needing to open up a 40-man roster spot for Chris Colabello, who was reinstated Saturday after completing an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test.
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