April In Review: A look at the first month of the season for the Blue Jays

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Who to look out for

Danny Jansen:  .179 AVG, .621 OPS, 3 HR, 13 RBI

Jansen had a horrid start to the season at the plate, with only three hits in total up until April 19th, but has turned it on lately, going 7-for-24 with three home runs and 9 RBI in seven games. Jays hope that he is starting to turn the corner in regaining his power stroke from 2022.

Trevor Richards:  10 GP, 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 11.1 IP, 4 BB, 18 K

Richards had drew the ire of the fans with his inconsistent outings near the beginning of the month, but have settled down nicely in his last six outings, giving up only four hits, one run, no walks, and 12 strikeouts. He looks to build on his successful run and become more like the Richards we saw when the Jays first acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021.

Who’s in, who’s out?

  • Jordan Luplow was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Braves by the Jays on April 5th.
  • Nathan Lukes was recalled from Buffalo after being sent down earlier in the month, while Luplow goes back down after a short stint.
  • Nate Pearson was called up in place of Adam Cimber, who was put on the 15-day IL with a right rhomboid strain on April 24th.
  • Jays traded for Tyler Heineman of the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide catching depth in exchange for Vinny Capra, and removed Luplow from the 40-man roster on April 30th.