Here at Jays Journal we like to keep you up to date with breaking news, statistical analysis and opinion pieces on the players, staff and front office of the Toronto Blue Jays. But in the sports world the steps your opponents take on their team have an effect on your team, for better or for worse. That’s why we bring you a weekly feature where we look back on what took place among the other 4 AL East teams and deconstruct it to show you what it means for the Blue Jays. It’s the AL Feast: Week 6!
-Dylan Bundy will see infamous Dr. James Andrews on Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports. It’d be a huge loss for the Orioles if they lose Bundy for a significant amount of time, unless the team breaks MLB records in one-run games for 2 straight years.
-Sticking with the Baltimore Sun, this time their blog, Taylor Teagarden will miss 3-4 weeks with a dislocated thumb. He injured it during play on Saturday, resulting in DH Matt Wieters replacing him, causing the team to bat their pitcher. That’s something you don’t see everyday in the American League.
Tampa Bay Rays
-ESPN is reporting that Rays minor leaguer Jose Disla for testing positive for 2 banned substances. Stanozolol and Nandrolone are the drugs of note, and the suspension will take place after Disla returns from the Dominican Summer League.
-D Rays Bay looks into the past and present Rays left handed pitchers. Hopefully Matt Moore doesn’t become Scott Kazmir of the past, but Scott Kazmir of the present.
Boston Red Sox
-Alfredo Aceves has been optioned to AAA Pawtucket, MassLive reports. It provides a solumn firsthand account from Aceves himself, which shows the human element to such a demotion.
-Harry Burnham looks into Ryan Lavarnway‘s disappearing bat for BoSox Injection. For a guy that’s been blocked by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross, he is running out of major league chances.
New York Yankees
-If you were watching the Blue Jays this series, you would have seen Ivan Nova go down from triceps inflammation and Francisco Cervelli go down with a broken hand during Friday’s game. ESPN reports they will both be headed for the DL.
-NY Daily News looks into how the Yankees should handle a Robinson Cano contract extension by looking at contracts given that lasted longer than 5 years. It’s a good rule of thumb to have, especially when the Yankees have already been burned by Alex Rodriguez‘s 10 year, $275M contract extension.
Weekly AL East Standings (Overall Standings)
Boston 6-2 (18-7)
Baltimore 5-1 (15-9)
New York 5-2 (15-9)
Tampa Bay 4-3 (12-13)
Toronto 1-6 (9-17)