The bullpen combines to throw a gem against the Red Sox

With nearly the entire starting rotation on the Injured List, the Blue Jays badly needed a big game from the bullpen against the Red Sox on Wednesday. And that’s exactly what they got.

Things worth mentioning…

In the series opener on Tuesday, the Blue Jays felt the wrath of Boston’s still-good offence. As bad as the Sox have been this year, they can still hit the ball, and we, unfortunately, got to see that first hand in a 9-7 loss. The bullpen, as we know, has been incredibly taxed this year. Multiple starters are injured and the Jays have had a hard time getting their arms to go deep into games. With a bullpen game scheduled for Friday and no off-day in sight, the Jays needed someone to step up.
Julian Merryweather got the start as the opener and tossed two excellent innings. Merryweather mixed mostly a fastball (which touched as high as 98.9 mph) and a changeup to great success. He allowed just one hit over his two innings of work while picking up three strikeouts. It looks like you can add Merryweather to the list of young arms who are becoming reliable multi-inning options …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

TRADE!!! Ben Harpur shipped off to the Preds

Having just watched an injured Tyson Barrie head to the dressing room already felt like too much to handle on trade deadline weekend, but now we also have the trading of favourite Marlies whipping boy Ben Harpur to deal with…

Trade: #Preds acquire defenseman Ben Harpur in exchange for winger Miikka Salomaki. @mkeadmirals | #CBJvsNSH
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) February 23, 2020
So let’s start with what the Leafs gave up. A player they didn’t want to give icetime to in the AHL, a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who was going to be allowed to walk, and frankly, amazingly enough the worst defenseman in a trade involving Nikita Zaitsev and Cody Ceci. The Leafs lost nothing.
As for what the Leafs added, well…Miikka Salomaki has as many I’s in his name than he does games in the NHL over the past two years, so this is definitely an AHL deal. He a 26 year old winger from Finland, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. His 15 AHL points don’t inspire a lot of confidence that he’ll be back next year …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors impressive victory in Portland

In the battle of injured opponents, the Toronto Raptors went into Portland and defeated the Trail Blazers for an impressive road victory. What did we learn from the win? The Toronto Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green this offseason, lost Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry against the New Orleans Pelicans, and lost OG Anunoby […]
Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors impressive victory in Portland – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Luke Maile to 10-day IL, Reese McGuire called up from Buffalo

The Injured List carousel continues for the Blue Jays, as just before their 3:07 pm ET start against the Rays, it has been announced that Luke Maile will take a stint on the 10-day IL and 24-year-old Reese McGuire will be taking his spot on the roster.

Luke Maile is heading to the 10-day IL after pulling his left oblique in BP today.Reese McGuire is hopping on a flight but won’t be here in time for today’s game.Believe #BlueJays emergency backup catcher would be Eric Sogard if needed.
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 27, 2019

As reported, Maile pulled his left oblique during batting practice earlier today and McGuire, who was in Durham, NC for the Bisons game against the Bulls, will be taking a flight to Toronto as soon as possible. McGuire most likely won’t be here in time for any portion of today’s game, making Eric Sogard the listed emergency backup catcher in case Danny Jansen is unable to play for the entire game.
The 28-year-old Maile has seen only 120 plate appearances so far in 2019, sporting some very backup catcher on a bad team type of numbers. Hitting .153 with a .447 OPS is kind of what was …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

McKinney, Shafer recalled to Toronto, Smoak heading to IR

One of the longest-tenured Blue Jays is heading to the Injured List, in return outfielder Billy McKinney and pitcher Justin Shafer have been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

OF Billy McKinney and RHP Justin Shafer have been recalled from the @BuffaloBisons
1B Justin Smoak (left quad strain) and RHP Edwin Jackson (lower back strain) have been placed on the 10-day IL
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 18, 2019

Joining Justin Smoak on the IL will be the infamous Edwin Jackson, who has been the target for the Jays’ recent streak of complete disaster. Jackson has a 1-5 record with a 12.43 ERA through 25.1 innings pitched — impressively horrible.
While Smoak on the other hand has been able to get base at a great rate, with a .364 OBP and hitting for a .787 OPS this season. Even though he has .225 batting average, Smoak has a career-high 16.5 BB% — his plate appearances will be surely missed on an offensively-destitute team like the Blue Jays are currently.
On the other end of the spectrum, McKinney made the lineup on the Opening Day roster but was later sent down to Buffalo with his dried-up bat and 68 wRC+ through 153 major-league plate appearances. Hitting for …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation