Blue Jays News and Notes: Smoak, Martinez, Alford and more
The latest Toronto Blue Jays news and notes with updates on Justin Smoak, Orelvis Martinez, Anthony Alford, and more.
Smoak Lands In San Francisco
Former Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on September 06th following a dismal start to the season. Smoak wasn’t unemployed for very long signing a minor-league pact with the Giants just three days later. The 33-year old was hitting /186 with five homers at the time of this release from the Brewers.
Martinez Added To Player Pool
The team added 18-year old rookie Orelvis Martinez to their 60-man player pool earlier yesterday. This is presumably a developmental move as there is zero chance he suits up for Toronto this season. Martinez hit .275 with 39 hits including seven homers in 40 games for the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate.
Alford Undergoes Surgery
Anthony Alford suited up for just five games for the Pirates before the outfielder broke his elbow crashing into the outfield wall. The 26-year old underwent successful right elbow surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. In five games for the Bucs, Alford was hitting .250 with a triple and a homer.
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Tellez Done For The Season
It would appear that Rowdy Tellez is done for the season after suffering a right knee strain earlier this week. The team summonsed Billy McKinney to take his place on the active roster. The timing of the injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Tellez as he was enjoying a breakout season. Tellez was slashing .283/.346/.540 with eight homers in 35 games this season.
Bo Is Due Back Any Day
Shortstop Bo Bichette is due back any day and could conceivably be activated off the injured reserve before tonight’s series opener with the New York Mets. Bichette has missed nearly a month with a knee strain, however, his return will be a huge addition to their lineup. Ken Giles and Nate Pearson are also both nearing their respective returns as well. Pearson figures to join Giles in the bullpen when he is activated.
Jansen Nominated For Roberto Clemente Award
Earlier this week, backstop Danny Jansen was announced as the Blue Jays nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Jansen was recognized for his volunteer efforts with children in not only Toronto but all over Canada. Fans can show their support and vote for Jansen by clicking HERE.