The Blue Jays placed Drury on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to an unspecified issue.
Drury was one of four Blue Jays placed on the IL, with no explanation given for any of the transactions. The move is retroactive to June 30, so if deemed healthy, Drury would be eligible to return from the IL before the Blue Jays begin their season July 23 or 24. Drury is expected to serve as a utility man for Toronto in 2020 after batting .218 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI over 447 plate appearances last season.
Drury is expected to begin the season in a bench role for the Blue Jays despite a weak .125/.192/.167 slash line through 26 plate appearances this spring.
The versatile utility man played every position on the diamond other than pitcher, catcher and center field last year, but Drury's bat hasn't been an asset since he left Arizona after the 2017 campaign. The 27-year-old could face competition for playing time around the infield from Joe Panik, and Santiago Espinal was also making a strong impression in camp before MLB hit pause on the season, so the chances of Drury seeing anything close to the 447 PAs he got in 2019 appear slim at best.
Drury signed a one-year, $2.05 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 27-year-old had a subpar season at the plate last season as he slashed .218/.262/.380 with 15 home runs over 120 games with the Blue Jays. Although his production in 2019 was discouraging, Drury's defensive versatility allows him to see a fair share of playing time.
Drury was a late addition to Saturday's lineup against the Rays. He will start at third base and hit fifth.
Vladimir Guerrero was scratched with a sore knee, so Drury gets added to the mix. He is hitting .188 with one home run in 14 games this month.
Drury is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rays, Ben Wagner of Sportsnet reports.
He is hitting .188 with one home run in 14 games this month. Richard Urena is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth.
Drury is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays.
Drury had started each of the last five games, appearing at shortstop and both infield corners. Rowdy Tellez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will man the corners Friday, with Richard Urena starting at shortstop.
Drury went 1-for-6 with a solo home run and a walk in Monday's 11-10 win over the Orioles in 15 innings.
Drury was making a start at his third position in as many days, this time playing shortstop after previously seeing action at first and third base. With Bo Bichette (concussion) seemingly unlikely to return before the regular season ends Sunday, Drury could enjoy a fairly stable role over the Blue Jays' final five games.
Drury will start in left field and bat eighth Sunday against the Astros, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Drury will pick up his fourth straight start and fifth in six games, this time replacing a banged-up Derek Fisher (undisclosed) in left field. Though the 27-year-old doesn't have a direct path to an everyday role at any position, his ability to play all over the diamond in addition to both corner outfield spots should help Drury earn at least a handful of starts per week during the season's final month.
Drury is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.
Though Drury does not have a set spot on the diamond, he's been playing close to every day lately with Lourdes Gurriel (quad) on the injured list. Prior to this absence, Drury had started eight out of the last nine games for Toronto, logging reps at first base, third base, second base, left field and designated hitter over that stretch. He's still struggling to get on base at a good clip, but he's slugging .457 since the All-Star break, up from .383 in the first half.
Drury went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Monday's win over the Rangers.
The Jays offense put runs on the board in six of eight innings on its way to a 19-run, 21-hit eruption, but it was Drury's fourth-inning grand slam that kicked the rout into overdrive. The utility player has seen action at every defensive position except catcher and center field this season, and with Toronto potentially rotating its starters through the DH spot down the stretch in the wake of Freddy Galvis heading to Cincinnati, Drury could be in line for consistent at-bats as he fills in for whoever is getting a partial day off.
Drury will start at first base and bat eighth Monday against the Rangers, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
With four starts in the Jays' previous six games, Drury has already been handling a semi-regular role, but he could benefit from even more steady work after Toronto lost middle infielder Freddy Galvis to the Reds via a waiver claim earlier Monday. Now that Galvis is out of the picture, Cavan Biggio should take over as the Jays' everyday second baseman, leaving spots at designated hitter and first base available primarily for Justin Smoak and Drury.
Drury went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a three-run home run in Tuesday's 10-inning loss at Tampa Bay.
Drury's three-run shot during the second inning helped the Blue Jays jump out to an early 6-0 lead, but starter Trent Thornton was unable to preserve it for long. Drury has looked much better since the All-Star break with a .266/.294/.516 slash line and five home runs in 18 games.
Drury went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.
The 26-year-old continues to find his way into the lineup, starting eight of the last nine games despite not having a regular position on the field. Drury has homered three times in that span, giving him 12 on the year, but his overall .220/.264/.399 slash line doesn't really warrant that much playing time.
Drury will start at third base and bat sixth Sunday against the Rays.
Drury will be rewarded with a fourth consecutive start after he starred in Saturday's 10-9 win in 12 innings. The veteran delivered perhaps his best performance of the season, going 4-for-6 with two home runs and three RBI in the come-from-behind victory. While Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is locked in as the Jays' everyday third baseman, Drury's ability to play multiple infield and outfield spots could continue to allow him to see steady at-bats.
Drury went 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored as the Blue Jays scored a 10-9 comeback win Saturday over the Rays.
Drury drew the Blue Jays to 9-4 with his eighth-inning homer off Hunter Wood, and then connected off Colin Poche with two outs in the ninth inning to send the contest to extra innings. The 26-year-old utility man started out hot with five homers in April, but he then slumped with just one in May and June combined before hitting five more this month. He holds a .225/.268/.407 slash line over 275 at-bats this season.
Drury is starting in right field and batting seventh Saturday against the Orioles.
Drury has been swinging a hot bat lately, going yard twice in the midst of a three-game hitting streak. He'll have a chance to keep that going, starting in place of Randal Grichuk, who is nursing a back injury.
Drury went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.
The utility man has started seven of the last nine games, going 7-for-21 with two doubles and two homers along with a 4:3 BB:K. With Lourdes Gurriel (wrist) and Randal Grichuk (back) both less than 100 percent, Drury figures to continue seeing consistent playing time in an outfield corner until the rest of the roster gets healthier.
Drury went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Drury took Chris Sale deep in the sixth inning for his seventh home run and also collected his first three-hit effort since April 27. He's drawn five starts in the team's last seven games due to a combination of poor performance and injury placing Teoscar Hernandez (shoulder) on the bench. In that span, Drury is 4-for-15 -- though nearly all that production came Wednesday -- and his line now sits at .214/.262/.368 across 252 plate appearances for the season.
Drury is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.
Drury picked up starts in four of the Blue Jays' previous five days, delivering only one hit in 15 at-bats. He's slashing a lowly .198/.234/.284 since the beginning of May and could be in danger of demotion to Triple-A Buffalo.
Drury went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.
The utility player got the start at third base in this one, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slotting in at designated hitter, and responded with his sixth homer of the year. Drury has five multi-hit performances in his last 10 games, slashing .342/.381/.553 over that stretch, but his playing time will likely remain spotty as the rebuilding Jays put an emphasis on developing the group of top prospects they currently have on the big-league roster.
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