Toronto Blue Jays Wiretap

Roberto Osuna Suffering With Anxiety Issue

Jun 25, 2017 12:42 AM

lue Jays closer Roberto Osuna said he is dealing with an anxiety issue and is unsure when he will be available to pitch again.

Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after not pitching in a save situation for the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander did not pitch again Saturday against the Royals, although Toronto was not faced with a save situation in the 3-2 loss.

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Blue Jays Unlikely To Sell After Rebounding

Jun 23, 2017 10:40 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays were 11 games under .500 in late April, but have rebounded since and are unlikely to sell off stars at the non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously we're not pleased with our record, but we're pleased with the fact that our team was able to dig out of a significant hole," Ross Atkins said. "Now we're very much in it. We can't climb back into one of those holes, because there's not as much time left. We need to play at a better-than-.500 clip, but we're glad that we're in a situation to even talk about that, given our start."

In early May, there were rumors that the Blue Jays could look to move someone like Josh Donaldson.

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Blue Jays Draft Kacy Clemens In Eighth Round

Jun 14, 2017 7:54 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays selected University of Texas first baseman Kacy Clemens -- son of Roger -- in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.

Clemens hit .305 for the Longhorns this season, along with a team-leading 12 home runs and 49 RBIs.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Blue Jays To Release Mat Latos

Jun 2, 2017 7:42 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have released Mat Latos from Triple-A Buffalo, according to a report.

Latos, 29, signed a Minor League deal with the Blue Jays this offseason and has made three starts at the Major League level. The right-hander allowed a total of 11 runs on 19 hits and eight walks with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings.

The release was a team decision.

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Kevin Pillar To Donate Forfeited Salary To LGBTQ Groups

Jun 2, 2017 7:33 AM

Kevin Pillar will donate his forfeited salary from a two-game suspension last month to two Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations.

The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder was handed the suspension for yelling an anti-gay slur at Jason Motte during a heated on-field confrontation in a May 17 game. Pillar apologized for using for the slur and has been working with Major League Baseball and the players' union to best determine how to donate his garnished wages.

"It's not lip service," Pillar said. "It's easy to come out and make your apologies and hope people forget, but I meant what I said when I said hopefully I'll be made an example of."

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Aaron Sanchez Placed On DL For Third Time This Season

May 21, 2017 1:12 AM

Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez continues to have problems with his finger, as the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday for the third time this season.

The teamsaid Sanchez has a laceration on his middle finger. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings against Baltimore on Friday.

He has already made two DL trips this season -- for a blister on his middle finger and for a split fingernail on his middle finger.

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Blue Jays Suspend Kevin Pillar Two Games For Homophobic Slur

May 19, 2017 7:15 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended Kevin Pillar for two games for yelling an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher.

The suspension came shortly after Pillar apologized in a statement, saying he was "completely and utterly embarrassed" by the word he directed at Jason Motte.

Pillar was angry at Motte for allegedly quick-pitching him to get a strikeout.

"I regret saying it," Pillar told reporters. "I'm going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can't use. It's not a word I use ever. ... It's something that just came out."

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Braves Miffed After Jose Bautista Homers, Stares Down Pitcher

May 18, 2017 8:22 AM

Benches emptied in Wednesday's game between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays after Jose Bautista hit a home run, stood at home plate and stared toward Eric O'Flaherty before flipping the bat away.

Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

"That's something making the game tough to watch," O'Flaherty said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. "It's turned into look-at-me stuff. He hit a home run with [the Braves holding] a five-run lead and throws the bat around. I'm just tired of it. I've seen it from him enough."

O'Flaherty then brought up a punch that Bautista took just over a year ago during a scuffle with Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers.

"I'm surprised he's ready to fight after last year," O'Flaherty said.

Bautista said he hoped to move on.

"I understand why [the Braves] would be upset in that situation, and I just told them how I felt," he said. "Basically just let them know that I wasn't trying to show up anybody and hopefully it's in the past. It has nothing to do with [frustration], but it was definitely not something that was fitting for the moment.

"Sometimes our competitive juices come out in the wrong moment. We have to deal with it between the lines like men -- I feel like I did that and hopefully that's enough."

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Five Teams Watched Doug Fister Throw Last Week

May 8, 2017 7:51 AM

Doug Fister is beginning to draw interest from Major League clubs.

The Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and New York Mets had scouts in attendance to watch Fister throw in California last week.

Fister, 33, spent last season with the Houston Astros, throwing 180 1/3 innings with a 4.64 ERA (85 ERA+).

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Marcus Stroman Leaves Start With Armpit Tightness
Marcus Stroman lasted just three innings on Wednesday night, his shortest outing in three years, because of tightness in his right armpit.

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John Gibbons Pranks Radio Show After Victory
John Gibbons disguised his voice to call into the Toronto Blue Jays' postgame radio show Monday night.

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Jays Place Troy Tulowitzki On DL With Strained Hamstring
Troy Tulowitzki strained his right hamstring after taking third base on a wild pitch Friday night.

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Jays Place Aaron Sanchez On DL With Finger Blister
The blister has been bothering Aaron Sanchez since spring training and was also an issue at the end of last season.

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Blue Jays Place Josh Donaldson On DL
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has a sore right calf.

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Blue Jays Release Melvin Upton, Jr.
The Blue Jays have released Melvin Upton, Jr., who it was reported on Saturday would not make the team's Opening Day roster.

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Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon
His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

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O's To Start Kevin Gausman Opening Day
Kevin Gausman will start against the Blue Jays in their April 3 opener.

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Blue Jays Working On Extension For John Gibbons
The extension is believed to be for two years with a team option.

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Donaldson Expects To Be Playing Games Next Week
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been spending all of spring training nursing a calf injury.

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T.J. House Back With Jays, With No Lingering Effects From Line Drive
Blue Jays pitcher T.J. House returned to the Blue Jays spring training camp on Saturday.

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T.J. House Hospitalized After Line Drive To The Head
The Blue Jays report that test results were normal, and that T.J. House would remain in the hospital overnight.

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Jose Bautista Turned Down More Money To Re-Sign With Blue Jays
Jose Bautista turned down a contract offer worth considerably more than what he would eventually receive from the Blue Jays this offseason.

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Jose Bautista Says He Had Choice Between Five Or Six Places
Jose Bautista remained on the free agent market for longer than expected and the slugger says he had his choice between five or six destinations.

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Josh Donaldson Could Miss Two To Three Weeks With Calf Strain
Josh Donaldson felt something in his right calf muscle while running sprints on Friday.

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Mat Latos, Blue Jays Agree To Minor League Deal
The Blue Jays have agreed to a Minor League deal with Mat Latos that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

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Blue Jays 'Far Along' In Talks With Mat Latos
There is no guarantee that a contract will be finalized, but the Blue Jays have been talking with Mat Latos' representatives over the last few weeks.

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Blue Jays Plan To Stretch Out Joe Biagini As Starter
Joe Biagini, who was an important part of the bullpen last season, will be stretched out as a starter by the Blue Jays this spring.

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Blue Jays Reportedly Add Joe Smith To Bullpen
The Blue Jays have signed reliever Joe Smith to a one-year deal, according to an MLB insider report.

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Chris Davis Says Jose Bautista 'Easy To Dislike'
The Orioles and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista have a history of hostility.

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