George Springer is headed back to the Injured List

I guess it wasn’t about fatigue after all. Shocking!

According to the Blue Jays, the $150 million man will be headed back to the 10-day Injured List with the same right quad injury from before. It’s retroactive to May 3, so Springer will be able to come off the IL in just over a week.
Springer made his Blue Jays debut last Wednesday but appeared to re-aggravate his injury on Saturday. Despite that, Springer managed to smack two dingers in that huge comeback win, but was then removed mid-game on Sunday with what the team called “fatigue.”
Apparently, Monday was a “scheduled day off” for Springer after the team took a flight to the West Coast, but Springer was also kept out of the lineup on Tuesday and Wednesday, making it very, very clear something else was going on. After running an MRI on Wednesday, the team decided to put him back on the IL.
This truly is a weird situation. Why the Blue Jays felt compelled to pretend this was about fatigue is puzzling, given the fact that everyone paying any sort of attention could realize that wasn’t the case. It made the organization come across as disingenuous …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard praises Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard praises Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam

Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and the Toronto Raptors made the path to the play-in more difficult with a 1-3 record on the road. However, the record doesn’t reflect their performances, as the losses came by an average margin of a little more than six points. After a tough game against the Los Angeles Clippers, former […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 questions Toronto need to ask themselves in offseason

Toronto Raptors: 3 questions Toronto need to ask themselves in offseason

The Toronto Raptors are currently sitting at the 12th seed, still holding out hope that they can squeeze into that final play-in tournament spot. Regardless of whether or not the Raptors are able to secure their eighth straight playoff appearance, Masai Ujiri, along with the rest of the front office, have many questions they need […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Frederik Andersen to go on conditioning stint with Marlies

The Toronto Marlies will be receiving another goaltender tomorrow afternoon in their game vs. the Manitoba Moose.

Frederik Andersen will start an AHL conditioning loan starting tomorrow and should see action in half of tomorrow’s Marlies game.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 5, 2021

Frederik Andersen hasn’t seen any game action in almost two months, when they played Calgary on March 19th. After that, he was placed on injured reserve. He’s since been practicing with the Leafs for the last few weeks and continues to gear up for a playoff run in Toronto.
Andersen is coming into a Toronto Marlies team who just defeated the Laval Rocket in a 4-3 overtime thriller which saw Joseph Woll have 57 saves on 60 shots. I wouldn’t say Andersen is stealing the net from both Woll and Veini Vehviläinen since there was always going to be a rotation between the two in these last 11 games.
This conditioning stint gives Woll a rest after a hell of a game. The big story was how many saves he made, but there were two points where he took a puck to the head, and then to the ribs (where you could hear him yell in agony) in …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Practice Shenanigans: Hyman and Nash resume skating, Foligno absent, Holl wearing a face shield

When the Leafs face the Canadiens on Thursday night, they will ice a new-look lineup that includes a player that is set to make his debut with the Blue and White:

#Leafs lines at practice:
Thornton-Matthews-MarnerGalchenyuk-Tavares-NylanderMikheyev-Kerfoot-NoesenEngvall-Spezza-Simmonds
Rielly-Brodie Muzzin-HollSandin-Dermott
AndersenCampbell
Absent: FolignoExtra: Brooks, Liljegren, Hutton
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) May 5, 2021

Stefan Noesen was acquired in the Nick Foligno trade near the trade deadline and has primarily been skating with the team since clearing quarantine protocols. He figures to be a serviceable bottom-six forward who will slot in should there be injuries the rest of the way. This opportunity came about due to Foligno’s injury that will keep him out of the lineup for the time being (more on that later). Noesen has played five games with the Sharks this season and has yet to record a point.
Zach Hyman and Riley Nash making progress

Zach Hyman and Riley Nash returned to @MapleLeafs practice in no-contact red jerseys.
Both have been sidelined with lower-body injuries. pic.twitter.com/a0I2Z62poK
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 5, 2021

It was good to see Hyman back on the ice after suffering a scary injury in a game against the Canucks a few weeks ago. He …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Page 6ix Wednesday, May 5th: The Rangers take on NHL Player Safety

Happy Hump Day gossip hounds. I’m sure there are little things we can and will touch on from around the league, but obviously the big story is the Tom Wilson-New York Rangers-NHL Player Safety saga to wrap our heads around, so we’ll get to that shortly. Let’s start, though, as always, with what’s happening in Leafs-land.
Leafs Lads
Happy birthday Mitch Marner! Everyone’s favorite overgrown Leafs kid is celebrating today:

Happy birthday Mitchy! pic.twitter.com/31KiY5tCzn
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 5, 2021

Our still sidelined goalie Frederik Andersen is talking about where he likes to eat in Toronto (when not in lockdown, obviously):

The Dish • Episode Three: Mary Be Kitchen@MastercardCA invited @f_andersen30 to tell us about one of his favourite spots.
Watch here » https://t.co/Mhdbg99ZQ3 pic.twitter.com/f5Ul1GCi1H
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 4, 2021

And the Leafs have signed a new baby player:

We’ve signed forward Kirill Semyonov to a one year entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/24an8aBcig pic.twitter.com/oEe1jHphw4
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 5, 2021

Welcome to Leafsnation, Kirill. Good luck and godspeed.
At practice …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet has hilarious quote about unlucky 2020

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet has hilarious quote about unlucky 2020

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors are currently buying a drink at the Last Chance Saloon, as their chase for the play-in tournament is hanging by a thread after a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this season is the fact that the Raptors have come agonizingly close to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

What we know about the Leafs latest KHL signing, Kirill Semyonov

Nothing like dropping the kids off at school and getting a LeafsPR alert on the way home. Is Andersen activated from the LTIR? Did the Leafs hire Bruce Boudreau as a special teams consultant? Nope it’s European Free Agent, and the Leafs did as they always do, they partook in a signing…

We’ve signed forward Kirill Semyonov to a one year entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/24an8aBcig pic.twitter.com/oEe1jHphw4
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 5, 2021

Here is what the Leafs press release has to say on him:
Semyonov, 26, skated in 60 games for Avangard Omsk (KHL) in 2020-21, registering 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) while adding nine points (four goals, five assists) in 23 playoff games, capturing the Gagarin Cup. In 377 regular season KHL games, the Omsk, Russia native has recorded 169 points (70 goals, 99 assists) and 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 65 playoff games. Semyonov was selected to represent Omsk in the 2019 All-Star Game
Well he’s been an All-Star and won a championship. Those things sound good. The 26 points in 60 games doesn’t sound like he’s setting the world on fire, but that probably gives some sense that he’s a middle six player …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nate Pearson fans eight and Austin Martin records first professional hit(s) as minor-league baseball returns

It’s been a looooooooong time since there were minor-league box scores to look at.

All of minor-league ball got wiped last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than Triple-A and Double-A and Rookie Ball and this and that there was only the Taxi Squad and the Alternate Training Site.
But, after a 19-month hiatus, the minors are back, and, with that, we have PROSPECT STATS to look at. Here’s the Good Stuff from Tuesday’s MiLB Opening Day…

Nate Pearson started for the Buffalo-Trenton Thunder Bisons against the Worcester Red Sox and had a pretty impressive return to action. Pearson, who missed virtually all of spring training due to a groin injury, is reportedly working with some changes to his pitching mechanics. It seemed to work quite well for him on Tuesday as he tossed three-and-two-thirds innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk while collecting a whopping eight strikeouts.
Buffalo-Trenton’s bullpen was also very Jays-esque in their 6-1 win. After Pearson left, the relievers (Tyler Saucedo, Kirby Snead, Jeremy Beasley, and Bryan Baker) combined to allow just two hits and two walks over five-and-one-third innings.
Forrest Wall went 2-for-4 and Josh Palacios …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren’s struggles as coach are bad for Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren’s struggles as coach are bad for Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse and Toronto Raptors have had to say goodbye to some of the assistant coaches that helped this club become one of the most consistent winners over the last decade. Nate Bjorkgren left before the season started to get his first NBA gig with the Indiana Pacers, while Chris Finch was hired in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ