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Blue Jays: Rowdy Tellez expected to miss first round of postseason

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Rowdy Tellez #44 of the Toronto Blue Jays sits in the stands after being placed on the IL with a right knee strain during a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Sahlen Field on September 09, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Rowdy Tellez #44 of the Toronto Blue Jays sits in the stands after being placed on the IL with a right knee strain during a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Sahlen Field on September 09, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez is not expected back in time for the first round of the postseason.

According to General Manager Ross Atkins, it appears very unlikely that Rowdy Tellez will be healthy enough to compete in the Blue Jays first round of the postseason. Atkins appeared more confident that Tellez could be ready for the Division series and beyond if the team can advance.

Tellez had made steady progress in his recovery back from a knee tendon injury, the initial prognosis was that he was done for the season. However, the 25-year old has begun hitting in the cage and is partaking in a running progression program as he continues to nurse the injury back to full health.

At the time of the injury, Tellez appeared to be coming into his own offensively and had forced his way into everyday at-bats due to his production. In 35 games this season, Tellez was batting .283/.346/.540 with 13 extra-base hits including eight homers in 127 plate appearances.

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The Jays are still hopeful that Jordan Romano will be activated in time for the playoffs, the reliever suffered a finger tendon injury after being lights out for much of the season leading up to the injury. Romano has been throwing bullpen sessions and would in all likelihood need to be activated sooner than later to test out the finger in a game situation before the playoffs.

Nate Pearson made his first appearance last night returning from his own injury issues. The fireballer tossed two innings of scoreless ball while securing his first win in the majors. Pearson could play a vital role late in games for the Blue Jays moving forward.

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The Jays are definitely riding into the playoffs on a roll and Tellez could be a nice added boost in the second round should Toronto upset the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays next week.

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