RHP pitcher Marcus Stroman developed a blister on his right middle finger in his last start on Tuesday, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says he’ll be given the green light to start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
In other injury news, third baseman Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) is ramping up intensity in Florida over the next several days. Pending his tolerance, will begin base running in preparation for game play … IF Brandon Drury (left hand fracture) remains in a cast and continues to train and do conditioning exercises and will receive follow-up imaging next week … IF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left ankle sprain) continues throwing and hitting with no issues, has begun ground ball and running progression over the last few days and will continue to ramp up as long as he is asymptomatic. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (right index finger contusion) pitched Thursday in the Gulf Coast League and is tentatively scheduled to throw Tuesday with Dunedin.
Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that if Donaldson is able to return from the DL soon and display some of his past form, the Jays may yet be able to trade him. Heyman writes that the Cleveland Indians are the most likely landing spot. Heyman added that acquiring Donaldson would allow Cleveland to move Jose Ramirez to second, and Jason Kipnis into the outfield to help shore up the Tribe’s outfield depth. Heyman also lists the Cardinals, Braves, Cubs (if Kris Bryant’s shoulder keeps him on the DL), and Red Sox as potential suitors for Donaldson.
Aledmys Diaz hit his 15th home run of the season yesterday, a solo shot in the fifth. It’s just two shy of his career mark of 17, which came in 2016. Since the all-star break, Diaz was ranked sixth in the AL in slugging (.724), ninth in OPS (1.085), tied for ninth in homers (six) and 10th in average (.345) coming into Saturday’s games … Teoscar Hernandez doubled and walked and how has 50 of his 91 hits go for extra bases (25 doubles, seven triples and 18 homers). His 56.1% (64-114) extra base hit rate since the 2017 all-star break is third highest among qualified hitters … Catcher Russell Martin singled and was hit by a pitch on Saturday. Over his last 15 games, he has gone 15-for-46 (.326) with two doubles, four homers, seven RBIs and nine walks, for a .446 OBP and a 1.0777 OPS.
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