A look at your Toronto Blue Jays spring training updates and prognoses regarding Marcus Stroman, Randal Grichuk, JoshDonaldsono and more.
Sanchez And Travis Appear Ahead Of Schedule
Before we dive into the potentially bad news lets focus on the encouraging signs with over a week of Grapefruit League games in the books. Pitcher Aaron Sanchez was on the bump yesterday for his second appearance of the spring and looked like his former self.
Sanchez tossed three scoreless innings allowing just a double while fanning two versus the Minnesota Twins. The 25-year old threw 23 of his 31 pitches for strikes while facing the minimum the minimum. A very encouraging sign for Sanchez and the outlook for the starting rotation.
Second baseman Devon Travis appears healthy and poised to break camp with the team as it currently stands. Travis is hitting .273 in 11 at-bats and the knee is showing no signs of ill effects on either side of the field.
Donaldson Battling Barking Shoulder
Former MVP Josh Donaldson has yet to play third base due to a barking right shoulder that the Manager summed up as “Hanging a little bit.” Donaldson is scheduled to hit the field in Tuesday’s contest versus the Atlanta Braves. The injury does not appear serious in nature and is being tabbed as typical soreness related to spring training.
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Grichuk Returns To The Lineup
Randal Grichuk returned to the field after taking a couple days off to rest his sprained wrist. The newly acquired outfielder smacked a double in three trips to the plate yesterday before calling it a day. Grichuk injured the wrist making a diving catch earlier in the week however it does not appear like he will miss any further time due to the injury.
Tulo May Not Be Ready For Opening Day
Manager John Gibbons doesn’t expect Troy Tulowitzki to be ready for opening day but did state he is moving in the right direction. The oft-injured shortstop is dealing with bone spurs in his heel and has yet to see any preseason action.
Stroman Still Shut-Down
There has been not much to report on the Marcus Stroman injury front as the hurler attempts to alleviate the inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Presumably, he will begin a throwing program next week and go from there, at this point his Opening Day start appears in jeopardy, however, we have learned in the past not to doubt the “Stro-Show.”
Ramirez Battling Soreness
Reliever Carlos Ramirez is receiving some extra rest after experiencing general soreness, the big right-hander has made two appearances this spring and owns an inflated 13.50 earned run average. Ramirez was thought to be a front-runner for a bullpen spot but now it is looking like he may start the season in Buffalo.
That is your injury report for Sunday, March 04th, stay tuned as the Jays take on the Philadelphia Phillies in preseason action later today.