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Blue Jays set to benefit from Cleveland cancellations

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Tarp covers the field as the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays is currently delayed due to rain at Progressive Field on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 14: Tarp covers the field as the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays is currently delayed due to rain at Progressive Field on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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For the second straight day, the Toronto Blue Jays contest versus the Cleveland Indians was postponed due to Mother Nature, however, the rainouts look to benefit the Jays in the long run.

The Jays and Indians will make up the games on May 03rd when they square off in a doubleheader at Progressive Field. The Jays used some timely hitting from Aledmys Diaz and Teoscar Hernandez to steal a victory after being down 4-0 early in the series opener.

Prior to game one of the series on Friday, the Blue Jays placed former MVP Josh Donaldson on the 10-day DL with a shoulder issue. If all goes to plan Donaldson will spend the minimum amount of time on the DL and should in all likelihood be back in the lineup when the Jays finish off the series at the beginning of May. The earliest the third baseman would be eligible to return would be April 21st.

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The unscheduled two-days off will also benefit pitcher Marco Estrada who dealt with back spasms in his last start although he is scheduled to not miss any time. Estrada battled a wonky back all last season however initial reports are that the injuries are not related.

Devon Travis was also plunked in the hand in the opener although precautionary X-rays came back negative, the struggling second baseman was initially in the game two lineup before the cancellation.

The Jays may also have designated hitter Kendrys Morales back in the lineup when the two team meet for the double dip in May. Morales was just starting to warm up when he strained his hamstring.

The Jays will also have a rested bullpen when they host Kansas City for a three-game series beginning tomorrow. Saturday’s scheduled starter Jaime Garcia will toe the rubber opposite Danny Duffy tomorrow evening in the series opener. J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez will follow for the remainder of the series.

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As much as want the rain, rain to go away this spring downpour may pay dividends in the win column for the Jays when it’s all said and done.

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