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April 4, 2021 11:40 AM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Shifts to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Blue Jays transferred 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.

April 1, 2021 11:40 AM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Hits injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 Blue Jays need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

March 25, 2021 05:24 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Undergoes successful surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 23, 2021 04:44 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Ruled out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 Blue Jays in his absence.

March 22, 2021 03:00 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Set to miss time with arm injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

March 20, 2021 04:40 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: All but confirmed as closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates will make his second appearance of the spring Saturday against the Phillies, and 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.

March 10, 2021 11:24 AM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Expected to debut Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

March 8, 2021 02:44 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Spring debut likely coming soon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates is expected to make his 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.

January 22, 2021 03:36 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Throwing bullpens
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates has completed his rehab process following August elbow surgery and has already thrown a series of bullpens, Arden Zwelling of reports.

If the 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.

January 19, 2021 08:56 PM
Blue Jays' Kirby Yates: Signs with Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates (elbow) signed with the 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.

September 20, 2020 06:16 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Transferred to 45-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates (elbow) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Sunday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Sunday's move is simply procedural as Yates was already slated to miss the remainder of the 2020 season. The transaction will make room on the 40-man roster for Austin Adams (knee), who was reinstated from the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move.

August 17, 2020 09:32 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Likely done for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates (elbow) is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

It was reported earlier in the day that Yates was headed for a second opinion after bone chips were found in his right elbow, but this latest update from Nightengale gives reason to believe the right-hander may be done for the year. The team has yet to confirm this latest report. It's reasonable to expect another update on the closer in the near future.

August 17, 2020 06:00 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Headed for second opinon
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Padres manager Jayce Tingler told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday that Yates (elbow) will head to Texas to receive a second opinion on his injury from Dr. Keith Meister.

Yates was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday after bone chips were discovered in his right elbow during an MRI. The Padres are still trying to determine the best course of action for Yates, who may need arthroscopic surgery to remove the chips. Once Yates commits to a treatment program, a timeline for his return should come into focus, but fantasy managers should prepare for him to be sidelined for longer than the minimum 10 days. Drew Pomeranz will likely pick up most of the Padres' save opportunities while Yates is sidelined, though Emilio Pagan could also factor into the closer conversation.

August 15, 2020 11:56 PM
Padres' Kirby Yates: MRI reveals bone chips
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates' MRI on his right elbow revealed bone chips Saturday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.

Yates was placed on the injured list earlier in the day with what was originally referred to as right elbow inflammation. The updated diagnosis could presumably lead to a lengthy absence, though his timeline won't come into focus until he receives a second opinion Monday. Drew Pomeranz should be the primary closer in Yates' absence.

August 16, 2020 01:44 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Heading to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday with right elbow inflammation.

Yates left Friday's outing against the Diamondbacks after just six pitches and will now get at least 10 days to rest and recover. He has given up at least one run in four of his six appearances this season as this issue may have come about earlier than Friday. Yates is scheduled to undergo further tests on his elbow Saturday, which should officially determine the severity of the injury and the length of his absence. Drew Pomeranz figures to immediately step in as the closer for the Padres and should be added across most fantasy formats.

August 15, 2020 01:00 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Slated to undergo MRI
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates is dealing with discomfort in the back of his elbow and is scheduled to undergo an MRI, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates exited Friday's loss against the Diamondbacks after throwing just six pitches, and his MRI should help provide a better idea of the severity of the injury. Yates has struggled to begin the season with a 12.46 ERA and 2.54 WHIP over 4.1 innings.

August 15, 2020 12:20 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Leaves game with trainer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates (undisclosed) left Friday's game with a trainer after throwing just six pitches, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Yates had dealt with soreness over the past week but entered in the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Diamondbacks. He struck out one batter with six pitches, but he then exited the game with a trainer due to an apparent injury. The nature and severity of the issue are unclear, but it's certainly a discouraging development for the right-hander since he missed time prior to Friday.

August 11, 2020 01:12 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Nursing 'soreness' but still closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Jayce Tingler said after Monday's game that Yates has "soreness in his body," AJ Cassavell of reports. However, Tingler said there's still a "great chance [Yates]'ll be in there" for the next save opportunity.

Drew Pomeranz got the save chance Monday and shut the door on the Dodgers on 12 pitches to earn his third save of the season. Yates struggled in his first few appearances, though there was no mention of an injury at the time, with the right-hander pointing instead to some mechanical issues. Apparently Yates is ailing a bit after all, and Tingler said they're "not going to push it," but if the skipper is to be taken at his word, it's not something that's a threat to push Yates to the IL.

August 8, 2020 11:32 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Earns second save of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates notched his second save of the season Friday against the Diamondbacks. He pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and fanning one.

Yates allowed a single to Starling Marte, who advanced to second on a throwing effort from the Padres' closer. Yates would close the door by inducing a popout and a liner to first, and as a result, he earned his second save of the campaign. It was only the second time in five outings this season in which Yates didn't allow a run.

August 5, 2020 01:56 AM
Padres' Kirby Yates: Earns save against Dodgers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Yates earned the save Monday against the Dodgers. He gave up one run -- on a solo home run -- while striking out three across one inning.

Yates entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead and gave up a solo homer to Cody Bellinger, but he settled down after that and struck out the next three batters he faced to close the game out. This was Yates' first save of the season -- he is enduring a tough start to the campaign with five runs allowed in 3.1 innings across four appearances.

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