Tellez was called up to the big-league roster Friday. He is starting at designated hitter and batting fifth against the Astros.
The first baseman and designated hitter takes the roster spot of Joe Panik (calf), who was placed on the injured list. Tellez was on the roster from Opening Day until April 27 and contributed little offensively, but he did have one five-game stretch with eight hits. He hit .300 with one home run, three walks and three strikeouts in three games with Triple-A Buffalo.
Tellez is expected to be recalled whenever George Springer (quadriceps) is able to play the outfield regularly, Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star reports.
Tellez was sent to the alternate site Wednesday because Springer is only able to serve as the designated hitter at the moment, leaving Tellez with nowhere to play. Chisholm says Springer's move to full-time outfield work isn't imminent, so we probably won't see Tellez back in the majors until early-to-mid May.
Tellez was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Wednesday.
Even with Tellez hitting .183 with one home run and a 15:2 K:BB in 60 at-bats, this is a bit of a surprise move. With George Springer limited to designated-hitter duties, the Jays are opting to keep Jonathan Davis on the active roster in the short term to maintain outfield depth.
Tellez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.
The Rays will have a southpaw (Josh Fleming) serving as their primary pitcher for the day, so the lefty-hitting Tellez will bow out of the starting nine. Bo Bichette will get a day out of the field and serve as Toronto's designated hitter in place of Tellez.
Tellez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.
He heads to the bench with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez toeing the rubber for Boston. Alejandro Kirk will start at designated hitter and bat eighth.
Tellez isn't starting Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Kansas City.
Tellez had recorded hits in each of the last four games and went 6-for-16 with a home run, three runs and two RBI during that time. However, Alejandro Kirk will serve as the designated hitter for Saturday's matinee, batting sixth.
Tellez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Tuesday's win over the Yankees.
Tellez's first long ball of the season came against Lucas Luetge in the fifth inning. After starting out the year 0-for-21, the 26-year-old is batting just .069/.129/.172 across nine games.
Tellez isn't starting Friday's game against the Angels, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Tellez will take a seat for the fourth time in the last six games after he went hitless in his first 16 at-bats of the season. Randal Grichuk will serve as the designated hitter Friday while Jonathan Davis starts in center field.
Tellez isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.
Tellez has failed to record a hit in his first 16 at-bats of the season, and he'll retreat to the bench for the third time in the last five games. Marcus Semien will serve as the designated hitter while Joe Panik takes over at second base for Thursday's home opener.
Tellez isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Tellez has gone hitless with five strikeouts in 15 at-bats to begin the season, and he'll sit for the second time in the last four games. Bo Bichette will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday while Joe Panik starts at second base.
Tellez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.
Tellez started at designated hitter in each of the Blue Jays' first two games, going 0-for-8. Though the lefty-hitting Tellez will be sitting against a right-hander (Domingo German) in the series finale, the 26-year-old should still have a fairly clear path to regular at-bats while George Springer (oblique) is on the injured list. Joe Panik will spell Tellez at DH on Sunday.
Toronto informed Tellez on Sunday that he would be included on the Opening Day roster, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
The uncertain status of George Springer (oblique) for the start of the season might have helped Tellez's case for a spot on the 26-man roster, but the 26-year-old entered the spring on fairly sturdy ground after submitting a career-best .886 OPS over 127 plate appearances in the abbreviated 2020 campaign. The lefty-hitting Tellez will likely sit against southpaws more often than not, but he should start at least semi-regularly at either designated hitter or first base when the Blue Jays oppose right-handed pitchers.
Tellez has continued to focus on improving his approach with two strikes after chopping his strikeout rate nearly in half in 2020, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
Working with Blue Jays special assistant Dante Bichette last year, Tellez saw his strikeout rate drop to 15.7 percent after he'd whiffed at a 28.4 percent rate in 2019, and putting more balls in play allowed his natural power to surface more often. "He's going to hit home runs on accident," Bichette said this week. "He doesn't have to try to. He can hit a line drive out of the park; he can pop up a ball out of the park. To me ... his goal was to put the ball in play more often and just square the ball up more often. And he's done that so far. Since we've worked together, he's been really good." Regular at-bats could be tough to come by for Tellez with Vladimir Guerrero at first base and DH being used to occasionally give starters at other positions a partial rest, but if the 25-year-old shows that last season's .283/.346/.540 line was no fluke, Tellez is capable of bashing his way into a consistent spot in the lineup.
Tellez sits as expected for Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Rays on Wednesday.
Tellez was able to return from a knee strain faster than expected and make the Wild Card Series roster, though he's not recovered enough to start. He was able to appear off the bench in Game 1, however, grabbing a hit and scoring Toronto's lone run, so a pinch-hit appearance is certainly possible again in Game 2.
Tellez is on the wild-card roster after his knee injury improved faster than expected, but he's expected to be limited to pinch-hit or designated hitter duty, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Tellez will fill the former role in Game 1, but it's apparently not out of the question that he starts at some point this series. Alejandro Kirk will be the designated hitter Tuesday against the Rays.
Tellez will sit for the first game of the AL Wild Card Round against the Rays on Tuesday.
Tellez is evidently far enough along in his recovery from a knee strain that he was able to make the postseason roster but not far enough along that he'll be able to start the first game of the series, though it's worth noting the Rays are starting lefty Blake Snell in Game 1. Whether or not Tellez is able to start future games remains to be seen. Alejandro Kirk will be the designated hitter Tuesday.
Tellez (knee) will be part of the Blue Jays' roster for their AL Wild Card Series against the Rays.
Tellez has missed three weeks with a strained knee but is evidently ready to return. Whether or not he's ready to start right away remains to be seen. He was quite a useful player for Toronto prior to the injury, hitting .283/.346/.540 in 35 games.
Tellez (knee) ran the bases during a workout Saturday and took live batting practice Sunday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Tellez still appears unlikely to be ready to go for the Blue Jays' wild-card series next week, but based on his activity this weekend, he looks like he may be an option for the divisional-round series, should Toronto qualify. The 25-year-old concluded the regular season with a .283 average to go with eight home runs and 23 RBI over 35 games before he was shut down earlier this month with a right knee strain.
Tellez (knee) continues to work through a running progression but is not expected to be ready for a potential playoff roster Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Toronto appears ticketed for the wild card, and Tellez is not expected to be an option for that round of the playoffs. However, if the team advances, he could be ready to join the fray. The Blue Jays will continue to use the designated hitter spot as a way to give everyday players a break from playing the field.
Tellez (knee) has progressed to taking swings in the batting cage, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The 25-year-old was given a pessimistic outlook after suffering a tendon injury Sept. 8, but his return to baseball activities is a solid sign for his progression. Tellez will still have a difficult time returning before the end of the regular season with only seven games remaining.
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|04/27||vs WAS||W 9-5||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|04/24||@ TB||L 3-5||4||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|04/23||@ TB||W 5-3||4||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|04/21||@ BOS||W 6-3||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/20||@ BOS||L 2-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/18||@ KC||L 0-2||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||R-Gcl Blue Jays||34||124||10||29||5||3||2||20||15||26||1||0||.234||.319||.371|
|2014||R-Bluefield Blue Jays||53||191||26||56||11||1||4||36||19||27||3||2||.293||.358||.424|
|2015||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||35||131||17||36||5||0||7||28||14||28||3||0||.275||.338||.473|