Blue Jays News Dump: Teoscar compares injury to one from 2020, Ross Stripling to start on Friday, and more!

The injuries are quickly starting to pile up for the Blue Jays.

Danny Jansen went on the 10-day Injured List right before the start of the series in New York with an oblique injury and it looks like he’ll be out for at least a few weeks. On Wednesday, Teoscar Hernandez took a massive swing at a Gerrit Cole pitch and came up favouring his side. He wound up leaving the game with what the Blue Jays called “left side discomfort.”
The irony here is that the Blue Jays could really use Reese McGuire and Randal Grichuk right now, two players who were traded away prior to the season in order to give the team some more flexibility and different skillets.
We don’t yet know how long Teoscar is going to be out, or if he is at all, but things aren’t looking great. According to Arden Zwelling, Teoscar compared the sensation he’s feeling right now is similar to the oblique injury that kept him out of action for a couple of weeks back in September of 2020.

Teoscar Hernandez’s MRI on his left side will be conducted tomorrow. Blue Jays will know more about his injury then.
Hernandez says sensation felt similar to the oblique injury he suffered in 2020.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) April 14, 2022

Teoscar was putting together an MVP-calibre season in 2020, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

What you need to know on Leafs’ Rubīns, Steeves, and Biega

As the Leafs season moves along, the injuries have started to build up. With Mitch Marner, Travis Dermott, and Rasmus Sandin out, the newcomers of Alex Steeves, Kristians Rubins, and Alex Biega have arrived.
I’ve spent a lot of time around the Toronto Marlies this season, watching each of these players a considerable amount. On Tuesday, Rubīns and Steeves got to live out their childhood dream.
Playing in the NHL.
Steeves entered his first NHL game on the fourth line with Pierre Engvall and Kyle Clifford. Rubīns was on the bottom defence pairing with Timothy Liljegren. Biega didn’t play, though it’s always possible he gets slotted into the Leafs’ lineup in the next few games.
For now, though, I’m going to give you a bit of a lesson on each of these players.
Kristiāns Rubīns
I spoke with Rubīns a few weeks ago about making his dream a reality. When I asked him about his call-up to the Leafs, he sort of downplayed it as just a morning skate. But the Leafs were letting him know that he’s come a long way.
I’m not sure if he thought this …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Thunder Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 8

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Thunder Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 8

The Toronto Raptors might be a bit beaten up due to injuries, but they did manage to ick off a long homestand by taking down two potential playoff teams in the Wizards and Bucks. The latest Raptors odds have Toronto positioned to take home their third victory in a row against a young team. Shai […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs have the luxury of giving their injured players time to heal

When it comes to injuries this season, I’d say the Leafs still fall in the fairly fortunate category. It’s early, but knock on wood, after the initial games missed by Matthews most of the absences have been fairly manageable.
The two players presently on the injured reserve are about ready to make their return as well, or at least within the next few weeks.

Per Keefe, Mrazek had another assessment today “that went very well.” Projected to get back on the ice toward the weekend. Mikheyev recently had pins removed from his thumb. Continues skating. #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 16, 2021

Of course their imminent return is good news, but even if it is an attempt to stick to the initial timeline for recovery, the question needs to be asked, could these players benefit from a more conservative path back into the lineup.
In Mrazek’s case he’s already essentially rushed himself back once or been rushed by the Leafs. The results didn’t do Mrazek or the Leafs any favours. It could be attributed to not fully comprehending the severity, or it could’ve been the need to live up to his contract or to make a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs add Evan Cormier on a pro tryout deal

Necessity is a mother. The recent injuries to Leafs prospects Joseph Woll and Ian Scott has thinned out the Leafs net so much that we’re actually seeing Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek split the net in an early preseason game. Not that it’s completely unusual to see that, but I’m sure options would have been appreciated. With the Marlies camp opening soon I’m sure the Leafs would also like to send their probable AHL netminders to work with their team. In that case it’s probably just Källgren making that trip, and today’s signing of Evan Cormier to a pro tryout contract makes that possible.
Let’s start off by saying that Cormier doesn’t really have much of a chance of landing a contract with the Leafs, and honestly even a Marlies contract might be a stretch, but that is going to be dependent on the extent of the injuries to Woll and Scott that determine that. Even then Hutchinson and Källgren is a perfectly fine tandem. Figuring out where Cormier fits in is a mystery, or Newfoundland, which to many of us is a mystery.
As for what the Leafs are …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Could we see Andreas Johnsson in the playoffs?

In many ways the time to recover from injuries is a double edged sword for the Leafs. On the one hand they will most certainly have fully recovered versions of Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly back in the lineup, and very likely a 100% ready to go Ilya Mikheyev as well. On the other hand, look at who all will be coming back from the Blue Jackets…

INJURIES

IR
JOSH ANDERSON
Rating: 73.4#42 IR1

IR
CAM ATKINSON
Rating: 75.3#28 IR2

OUT
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
Rating: 77.8#10 IR3

IR
SETH JONES
Rating: 78.3#4 IR4

IR
DEAN KUKAN
Rating: 71.5#85 IR5

IR
ALEXANDRE TEXIER
Rating: 72.6#70 IR6

DTD
NATHAN GERBE
Rating: 71.3#93 IR7

DTD
RYAN MURRAY
Rating: 73.7#40 IR8

Dang! A fully healthy Nathan Gerbe. We’re doomed. Okay, Atkinson, Bkorkstrand, and Jones are probably the key takeaways from this and to a lesser extent Murray and Anderson, but the Jackets have had just as rough a ride as the Leafs and unquestionably results in an upgrading lineup over this:

LW
C
RW
Forwards

ALEXANDER WENNBERG
Rating: 69.7#122 LW

PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
Rating: 74.6#38 C

EMIL BEMSTROM
Rating: 71.3#91 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 71.87#29 FL1

NICK FOLIGNO
Rating: 72.5#61 LW

BOONE JENNER
Rating: 71.6#98 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Raptors are beginning to realize their defensive potential

In a season plagued by injuries up and down the roster, the Raptors still have one of the best defences in the NBA. When they get fully healthy and learn how to play together, what’s already a juggernaut could start to make waves. Kawhi Leonard brought a lot to the Toronto Raptors last season – […]
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Author: Neeraj Varma / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: The biggest surprises so far in 2019-20

  Despite all the injuries, the Toronto Raptors just keep winning games. Which players have exceeded expectations in 2019-20? Who has struggled to make their mark? At the start of the 2019-20 season, a reporter asked Nick Nurse, head coach of the defending champion Toronto Raptors, a question about his team and the differences compared […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Midseason record is a testament to roster depth

Despite a myriad of injuries weighing the team down, the Toronto Raptors have an impressive record midway through the season. That’s a testament to the depth of the roster. Usually, when a team is ravaged by injuries, it can make or break a season. Some of the biggest what if’s in NBA history are decided […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, plus Terence Davis turns it around

The Toronto Raptors trudged to a 2-1 week as injuries continued to ravage the team. Whose stock rose and who fell this week? If you can believe it, the Toronto Raptors are still fighting after a tough week of basketball. Injuries still have a grip of the team and, unbelievably, the Raptors now have another […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ