Placed on the 15-day injured list on August 3, with neck inflammation.
The Blue Jays have one of the top bullpens in the Majors, with Trevor Richards being a vital cog in the machine. As such, losing him at such a crucial point of the season was unfortunate to say the least.
Richards has been having an excellent year, with him on course to set single-season career-bests in several categories. These include ERA (2.98), strikeout rate (36.9%) and FIP (3.74).
Given how important the 30-year-old is to the bullpen, the recent updates are extremely positive. Speaking to the media on Friday, Schneider said the reliever felt great after throwing a bullpen session earlier that day.
Unclear at this stage, there is a possibility the righty could require a quick rehab assignment. What we do know, is that he's eligible to be activated as early as August 17.
Wilner got the opportunity to speak to Richards on Sunday. He advised he will throw to hitters on Tuesday in Toronto, with the hope that he will be activated on Friday.