Blue Jays News and Notes: Donaldson, McGuire, Stroman and more
A look at some of the news and notes surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays for Saturday, June 16th including updates on Josh Donaldson, Deck McGuire, and Marcus Stroman.
Donaldson Still Not Ready
It was thought that third baseman Josh Donaldson would be activated for the start of the series with the Washington Nationals, however, the injured calf is still not 100 percent.
Donaldson attempted running the bases and sprinting but the former MVP was unable to answer the bell. The pending free agent has battled with shoulder and calf issues all season long which in all likelihood will hamper his offseason payday.
McGuire Claimed By Texas
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Pitcher Deck McGuire was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, this will be the second time the Jays former first-round pick departs the organization. The 28-year old made four relief appearances for the big club prior to being designated for assignment accumulating a 6.48 earned run average in 8.1 innings of work.
The Rangers will look to option McGuire to their Triple-A affiliate as the hurler is strictly viewed as organizational depth at this stage of his career.
Stroman Tabbed For Another Rehab Start
Marcus Stroman will make another rehab assignment on Monday, however, this time for the Blue Jays Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire. The hurler will look to improve upon his mediocre performance with the Dunedin Jays earlier in the week.
Pearce Posied To Start For The Bisons
Steve Pearce is nearing a return from a nagging oblique injury as the outfielder is slated to be the DH for the Buffalo Bisons tonight. The 35-year old last played on May 03rd before being sidelined with the injury. Pearce is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season and could be dangled as trade bait at the deadline.
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Vancouver Canadians Begin 2018 Campaign
The Class-A short-season Vancouver Canadians lost their season opener by a score of 2-0 to the Eugene Emeralds. The Canucks were stymied to just four hits but have a plethora of 2018 draft picks on their roster including 4th round pick Sean Wymer as well as Christopher Bec, Nick Podkul, Joey Murray, Nick Algeyer, Vinny Capra, Will McAffer and Cobi Johnson.