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Blue Jays Updates: Marco Estrada, Seunghwan Oh and more

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TORONTO, ON - JULY 3: Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays is tended to by head athletic trainer Nikki Huffman before coming out of the game in the first inning during MLB game action against the New York Mets at Rogers Centre on July 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 3: Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays is tended to by head athletic trainer Nikki Huffman before coming out of the game in the first inning during MLB game action against the New York Mets at Rogers Centre on July 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Following an exciting comeback victory against the New York Mets on Tuesday, several smaller bits of Blue Jays news surfaced – here’s a rundown of the latest Jays tidbits.

Oh Missed Tuesday Due to Sickness

According to Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto on Twitter, right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh missed Tuesday’s game due to a stomach virus he was dealing with. Mike Wilner of Sportsnet the Fan 590 later reported that Oh is back with the team.

The veteran reliever was the only member of the Blue Jays bullpen not to pitch in Tuesday’s marathon contest against the New York Mets.

Estrada Aims to Make Next Start

During a media scrum Wednesday evening, Marco Estrada frustratingly told reporters that he intends to make his next start, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. Estrada left his start on Tuesday with a left glute strain after pitching just a third of an inning and allowing two runs.

According to Mike Wilner, this injury has been bothering Estrada since his start in Anaheim against the Angels. He went on to note that had the injury been on the right side, it wouldn’t have been an issue. At this point, the Blue Jays are hopeful that he can avoid a disabled list stint.

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Diaz to Play Some Third

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons intends to play Aledmys Diaz at third base occasionally, per Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, who spoke to Gibby on Wednesday.

For his career, the Cuban shortstop has appeared in four games at third base, all of them coming during the 2017 season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Gibbons went on to say that he hopes to give Yangervis Solarte the occasional day off, seeing as he’s appeared in 82 of the team’s 85 games so far this season.

Bautista a Trade Chip?

Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo suggested on Twitter Tuesday that the Mets believe it’s “entirely possible” that they can flip outfielder Jose Bautista to a contender at the deadline. DiComo primarily points to Bautista’s insane walk rate (21% BB%) as an attractive feature.

In 37 games for the Mets this year, Joey Bats has slashed .256/.435/.477 with three home runs and 10 doubles in 86 at-bats. In Tuesday’s game, Bautista played right field and batted second.

Next: Blue Jays release pitcher Al Alburquerque

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