Here are the latest Spring Training news and notes from the Toronto Blue Jays camp in Dunedin for Sunday, March 11th, 2018.
Donaldson Exits Contest
Josh Donaldson exited yesterday’s contest in the first inning after the slugger drew a walk. Manager John Gibbons later reassured the Blue Jays fan base that Donaldson was suffering from dehydration and experienced cramping.
The former MVP has been battling a sore shoulder all spring however that was not the reason for the early departure.
Stroman Plays Catch And Long Toss
Marcus Stroman ramped up his throwing program yesterday progressing to long toss after throwing the previous two days. The hurler is rehabbing after being diagnosed with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The hurler is hopeful to break camp with the team, however, his Opening Day start versus the New York Yankees is in jeopardy.
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Jays Make Four Cuts
The Blue Jays made their first round of spring training cuts sending pitchers Sean Reid-Foley, Jon Harris, and Jordan Romano to their minor-league camp. First baseman Rowdy Tellez was also optioned to Triple-A Buffalo as he attempts to rebuild his stock in 2018.
The 22-year old’s major league stock plummetted last season as the slugger struggled in Buffalo hitting .222 with 6 home runs in 122 games with the herd.
Alford And Devo Continue To Impress
Anthony Alford may force the Jays hand sooner than later as the prospect continues to impress during Grapefruit League action play. The outfielder has 8 hits in 10 games however 6 are of the extra base variety. The 23-year old has 3 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer thus far in preseason play.
Devon Travis appears 100% percent healthy as the second baseman readies for the start of the 2018 campaign. Devo is batting .316 with 2 round trippers in 21 spring plate appearances thus far. Travis has the ability to be a vital cog and spark plug atop the Jays lineup if he can finally find a way to remain on the field.
Joe Biagini and the Blue Jays host the Pittsburgh Pirates today at 1:07 pm as they look to improve on their 8-8 spring record, the game will be televised on Sportsnet.