Blue Jays players battling bumps and bruises as they prepare for season

The Toronto Blue Jays have a handful of banged-up players as the team prepares for the 2020 season.

The Blue Jays are immersed in their Summer Camp as they fine-tune for Opening Day on July 24th versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately, a few players went down with minor injuries this week including starting pitcher Chase Anderson.

Anderson is said to be battling a minor oblique strain, however, it is being reported that he did throw from 90-feet yesterday. The 32-year old was acquired from the Brewers this past offseason and is expected to be a part of the rotation.

Travis Shaw did not partake in the intrasquad game and is said to be day to day with a sore groin. Shaw will see the lions share of the work at third base now that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is honing his craft at first base. The 30-year old signed with the Blue Jays this past offseason and is hopeful to rebound from a disappointing 2019 campaign.

Pitcher Julian Merryweather is also dealing with a left oblique strain as he attempts to assert himself as a major leaguer. The 28-year old has yet to make his MLB debut and has only tossed a handful of innings over the past two seasons. Merryweather was acquired from the Cleveland Indians and came highly regarded from the Toronto front office who was familiar with him from their days with the Indians organization.

Wilmer Font was also placed on the 10-day injured list with little information provided. It is being speculated that the Font injury may be COVID-19 related but nothing has been confirmed by the Jays.

Brandon Drury has yet to join the team and appears to be one of the last players remaining in Florida. Much like the Font injury, the team has said very little in terms of Drury and his prognosis.

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Hopefully, the banged-up contingent of players is more precautionary than anything serious and they can make it back for Opening Day.

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