Kirby Yates

#39 RP / Toronto Blue Jays / EXP: 6YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 210 lb Age: 34 College: None Bats/Throws -/-

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Shifts to 60-day IL

    The Toronto Blue Jays transferred Kirby Yates (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.The transaction clears up a spot on the 40-man roster for lefty Tommy Milone, whose contract was selected in a corresponding move. Yates is slated to miss the entire 2021 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery March 24.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Hits injured list

    Kirby Yates (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Keegan Matheson of reports.The move is merely a formality, as Yates will miss over a year while recovering from Tommy John surgery. It's only a matter of time before he shifts to the 60-day injured list whenever the Toronto Blue Jays need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Undergoes successful surgery

    Kirby Yates underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star reports.Yates had already been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an elbow injury, and the 34-year-old officially underwent his second Tommy John surgery of his career Wednesday. Yates will face a lengthy recovery timetable but could be back on the mound at some point in 2022. Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis are the leading candidates to take over as Toronto's closer in 2021.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Ruled out for season

    Kirby Yates' elbow injury is serious enough to shut him down for the season and will probably lead to his second Tommy John surgery, Scott Mitchell of reports.Previous reports indicated that Yates would miss multiple weeks with a flexor pronator strain in his right arm, but it appears as though the diagnosis is far more serious than that. It's not yet confirmed that he'll require Tommy John surgery, but there doesn't appear to be any hope of him pitching this season even if he avoids the procedure. He underwent the surgery once already back in 2006, prior to the start of his professional career, and it's tough to have much optimism for his future given that he'll be 35 years old when he eventually returns. Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis are the leading candidates to close for the Toronto Blue Jays in his absence.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Set to miss time with arm injury

    Kirby Yates said Monday that he expects to miss multiple weeks after he was diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right arm, Keegan Matheson of reports.The injury is an unfortunate break for Yates, who was believed to be back to 100 percent at spring training after requiring a procedure last year to address bone chips in his elbow. The fact that he's now dealing with another arm injury is troubling, and the Toronto Blue Jays aren't expected to provide a concrete timeline for his return until the team evaluates him further. Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis become the most likely candidates to pick up saves for Toronto to begin the season, after Yates had looked to be locked in as the team's closer upon signing a one-year, $5.5 million deal over the winter.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: All but confirmed as closer

    Kirby Yates will make his second appearance of the spring Saturday against the Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker described the ninth inning as "his job to lose," Mark Feinsand of reports.The team has held off naming one of its big offseason acquisitions as the closer, but with Yates looking healthy in his first spring action, an official announcement should come before camp breaks. The right-hander, who turns 34 next week, is looking to bounce back from a 2020 season cut short by bone spurs in his elbow, but Yates at his best is among the best relievers in baseball, as he racked up 53 saves with a 1.67 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 191:30 K:BB over 123.2 innings for the Padres in 2018-19.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Expected to debut Thursday

    Kirby Yates is expected to make his spring debut against the Tigers on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.Yates missed most of the 2020 season due to bone chips in his right elbow, but he signed with Toronto in January and feels fully healthy early in spring training. "I feel like it's behind me. I feel like it's ready to move on. It's full go," Yates told Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. Although the Toronto Blue Jays haven't yet named a closer for the 2021 campaign, Yates is the favorite for the role given his past success in the ninth inning.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Spring debut likely coming soon

    Kirby Yates is expected to make his Toronto Blue Jays debut at some point later this week, Scott Mitchell of reports.Since Yates is coming off fall surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, the Blue Jays have been proceeding slowly with the reliever this spring, but he's thus far steered clear of any setbacks in his throwing program. The right-hander has reportedly looked good in his recent bullpen and live batting practice sessions, and he should soon get the opportunity to pitch in the Grapefruit League. Toronto has yet to name a closer, but Yates' solid track record in the ninth inning coupled with his $5.5 million salary make him the favorite for the role.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Throwing bullpens

    Kirby Yates has completed his rehab process following August elbow surgery and has already thrown a series of bullpens, Arden Zwelling of reports.If the Toronto Blue Jays are getting the same guy Yates was before last season, when he threw just 4.1 innings with a 12.46 ERA before being shut down due to bone chips in his elbow, they could be getting the best reliever in the league. From 2018 to 2019, no qualified reliever came within half a run of his 1.67 ERA, while he also topped that group in FIP (1.93). He comes with plenty of risk due to his surgery and the fact that he's heading into his age-34 season, but the fact that he's already advanced to bullpen sessions is certainly a good sign.

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    Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Signs with Blue Jays

    Kirby Yates (elbow) signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, the deal has $5.5 million guaranteed with up to $4.5 million in performance bonuses. Yates made a strong case as the league's best reliever in 2019, finishing with a 1.19 ERA and 41 saves while striking out 41.6 percent of opposing batters and walking just 5.3 percent. His 2020 season was a huge disappointment, as he struggled through six appearances, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings, before being shut down with bone chips in his elbow. The upside here is huge for the Blue Jays, who may have just locked down one of the game's top closers, but a full rebound can't be taken for granted in the righty's age-34 season.

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