Toronto Blue Jays CF George Springer leaves Tuesday game with elbow discomfort

Some not-so-great news has come out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Tuesday night’s game against the Southsiders.

George Springer left the game in the eighth inning with what the club is calling discomfort in his right elbow.

UPDATE: OF George Springer was removed from tonight’s game with right elbow discomfort.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 22, 2022

There was nothing visual that had happened for Springer who was getting a night off from the outfield DH’ing. As the lineup rotated towards the top of the order, Sportsnet’s Arash Madani reported in-game that both Springer and head athletic trainer Jose Ministral wasn’t on the bench.
Madani noted that there was a clip of Springer stretching out his elbow talking to Bo Bichette ahead of Monday’s series-opener against the White Sox.
All of a sudden, we saw Cavan Biggio pinch-hitting for Springer in the top of the eighth. Springer’s outing had been far from ideal. He went 0-for-3 striking out in each at-bat and got caught swinging hard.
Springer’s first year with the Jays had been plagued by injuries playing in just 78 games with an injury to his quadriceps. Obviously, anytime we hear of potential for anyone on the team there’s some concern, but that increases a little more given Springer’s history.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at

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Matthew Knies and Ty Voit have been invited to the USA Hockey World Junior evaluation camp

Some Leafs news popped up this afternoon as USA Hockey has made their announcement of who will be attending their evaluation camp that will serve as the final look for the World Juniors tournament this summer and the first look for the World Juniors tournament around Christmas.

The 60 players that will attend the 2022 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp have been announced!
Details →
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) June 21, 2022

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Matthew Knies finds himself on this list. The highly touted prospect was selected to the Olympic team so the World Juniors are a virtual lock for him this summer, but his age will make him ineligible for the winter tournament.
Enter Leafs up and comer Ty Voit, who is coming off a big year with the Sarnia Sting. Voit might be a long shot for the summer team as much of the players who were originally slated to attend the tournament last Christmas are likely to return, but Voit is one of the more interesting options for this December and should get a strong chance to make his case.
The camp also has the potential to include a future Maple Leaf as there isn’t any shortage of 2022 draft eligibles on the invite list.
The evaluation camp runs from July 24th-August 3rd, and will immediately be followed by the 2022 World Junior Tournament in Edmonton from August 9th-20th. The 2023 tournament is slated for December 26th-January 3rd in Halifax and Moncton.
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George Springer is out with a non-COVID illness, Hyun Jin Ryu will start despite elbow soreness

We got some not-so-good news on the health front for the Blue Jays ahead of Wednesday’s game with the Chicago White Sox.

George Springer isn’t in the lineup as he’s dealing with a non-COVID illness. Charlie Montoyo didn’t give a timetable for Springer’s return but said “he’ll be fine.” Seeing Springer not in the Wednesday’s lineup caused some immediate panic, as it always does, but this is somewhat more encouraging than him resting due to a nagging injury.
And then there’s also Hyun Jin Ryu, who will be making the start on Wednesday despite feeling some elbow soreness. Montoyo said that the Blue Jays will be monitoring Ryu “closely” in this outing, so it wouldn’t be all too surprising if he’s given a quick hook if things go sideways.
Ross Stripling hasn’t pitched since Sunday when he tossed one-and-two-thirds innings in the Blue Jays’ wild 11-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, so he should be available to pitch multiple innings if needed.
Ryu spent some time on the Injured List earlier this year with a forearm issue after he had two disastrous outings to start his season. Since returning from that injury, Ryu has posted a 1.72 ERA over the course of three starts against the Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, and L.A. Angels.

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Leaflets: Life after Spezza, a youth movement, and a signing target

The Leafs gave us a little bit of news to close out last week, so we’ll start this week’s Leaflets with the end of the Spezza era:
Spezza moving on means the opportunity to change direction
Jason Spezza was an absolute treat to have on the ice for the Leafs the past few seasons, and I wish the Leafs were sending him off in a fashion that included a legitimate playoff run and that they could have helped get him to 1,000 points. Those two reasons were my entire basis for being in favour of having Spezza on ice for Toronto next season. That reasoning wasn’t really the best thing for the Maple Leafs though, as Spezza, while still adding value in the bottom six, is a bit of a square peg being forced into a round hole with a Leafs bottom six that is becoming increasingly focused on playing a tight defensive game, and has a bit more speed to it.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

George Springer crashes into wall, leaves game

In quite possibly the worst Friday evening news dump ever, George Springer has left the Toronto Blue Jays’ Friday night game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Springer crashed into the wall at center field trying to catch a flyball.  He stayed down on the ground briefly with the Jays’ training staff to check up on him, but he initially stayed in the game.

The play that caused George Springer to leave today’s Blue Jays game vs the Rays
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 14, 2022

After grounding out in the top of the third, Ramiel Tapia took over his spot. It goes without saying but this is far from great news for the Jays. Staying positive is about all we can do, but it’s hard to not think back to his debut season in Toronto last year where he battled with a quad injury for what seemed like forever.
Springer’s been off to a strong start to his season slashing .283/.344/.531 while ripping seven dingers and 18 RBI. On top of that, he’s also been a vocal leader for this club helping to steer the ship.
According to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, Springer held a closed door, players only meeting Wednesday after the loss to the Yankees, where he had a general theme of staying positive.
“My main message was to slow down. It’s all good. It’s just baseball.”
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at

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The roof of The Dome has been opened

Here’s some good news for a fanbase that needs some!

According to the CTV Toronto helicopter, the roof at the Rogers Centre is OPEN.

Per Source: The dome is OPEN. The source? The CTV Toronto chopper.
— Paul Ross (@RealPaulRoss) May 12, 2022

The Blue Jays are in Tampa Bay this weekend and then they’ll return on Monday to kick off a six-game homestand that’ll see them host the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.
The weather forecast shows rain for Monday, but if things clear up, we could see the team roll with an open roof for the first time this season.

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Teoscar Hernandez goes on 10-day IL with oblique strain, but injury is “not as bad as first thought”

Here’s some good news on Teoscar Hernandez.

As expected, he’s going on the 10-day Injured List with an oblique strain, but, fortunately, the injury isn’t as bad as first thought. Teoscar said that he figures he’ll miss maybe two weeks of play.

Teoscar Hernandez on going on IL w/oblique strain:
“When it first happened, I thought it (oblique) was worse than last time (Sept 2020 missed 10 games).. but, it’s not too bad..I’ll be fine.. out maybe 2 weeks.” #BlueJays
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) April 14, 2022

Back in 2020, Hernandez suffered an oblique strain and wound up spending the minimum amount of time on the Injured List, which was 10 days. Hopefully it’s the same this time around, though I would expect the Blue Jays to be a bit more conservative now than they were in 2020, as they were in a full-on sprint for a playoff spot at that time.
Coming up in Hernandez’s absence will be utility guy Gosuke Katoh, who was recently sent down to Triple-A in order to fit Bradley Zimmer on the 28-man roster.

He’s baaaaaack… @GosukeKatoh #BlueJays
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) April 14, 2022

Toronto’s lineup certainly looks a lot thinner without Teoscar. On Thursday night in New York, Matt Chapman is getting a day off, so the team’s lineup features Raimel Tapia batting fifth, which isn’t ideal. George Springer is the designated hitter, while Zimmer will make his first start as a Blue Jay in centre field. …

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It looks like Cleveland’s contract negotiations with Jose Ramirez aren’t going very well

Earlier this week, news came out that the Guardians were nearing a contract extension and that the team would do “whatever it takes” to keep the three-time All-Star in Cleveland for the majority of his career.

Well, it seems that the “whatever it takes” sentiment doesn’t include money, as the team offered Ramirez a four-year extension worth $89 million.

According to @mikedeportes the #Guardians first offer to Jose Ramirez was $89M in an additional 4-year deal, but Ramirez and his agents don’t seem to like the idea so much, that why talk got bit slower but anything can happen before the opening day.
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) April 2, 2022

For context, that’s an average salary of $22.25 million per year, which is in the ballpark of the deal that kyle Schwarber signed with the Phillies in March. I don’t think the player who ranks third in baseball in wins above replacement since the start of the 2018 season is looking for Kyle Schwarber money.
According to Paul Hoynes of, extension talks between Ramirez and the Guardians “have bogged down, if not ended.” The goal was to get Ramirez signed before Opening Day, which is next Friday, and it seems that isn’t going to happen.
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Are the Blue Jays done making moves this off-season?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Blue Jays moves this off-season seems to be finished.

Ross Atkins on potential for more moves before opening day:
“There’s still a couple of good players that are available, but it is getting harder for us to continue to add from a resource standpoint and from a flexibility standpoint.”#BlueJays
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) March 24, 2022

According to TSN’s Scott Mitchell, Atkins said that while there are still good players available (likely through trade) resources have been drained and the team’s flexibility has diminished.
While there were rumours that the Jays were pursuing Jose Ramirez to play second base, it appears that a trade like that will happen toward the trade deadline.
Shortly after the lockout ended, I identified three needs that the Blue Jays had coming into the 2022 season. Their most pressing need was a third baseman, who they acquired after shipping prospects for Matt Chapman.
They also needed a fifth starter, but signed Yusei Kikuchi as one of the first major signings after the lockout. Sticking with pitchers, a lesser need was in the bullpen.
They signed Andrew Vasquez and Yimi Garcia pre-lockout, but it seems that they will look from within the minor leagues for bullpen help if the problem arises. This is for good reason, as the Jays have several prospects, such as Adrian Hernadnez, Kyle Johnston, Hagen Danner, and Brandon Eisert who could get the call up if need be.
Lastly, the right-handed heavy Blue Jays needed to diversify their bats and acquire a left handed hitter, preferably in the outfield. The front office did this by acquiring Raimel Tapia and a prospect for Randal Grichuk.
With all these transactions, it’s hard to say what the team needs. As I mentioned, they were looking into Jose Ramirez, but do they realistically need to replace Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio? Probably not, especially for what Cleveland was asking for.

Lord grant me the confidence of the Cleveland Guardians when they asked for this.
— Andy (@_rallycap) March 16, 2022

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Leafs send Alex Biega to Nashville

Not exactly the breaking news anyone is looking for, but Alex Biega is on the move.

Biega to Nashville.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 21, 2022

The Leafs seemed like they were looking to move some of the Marlies defensemen, namely Menell and Duszak, but those deals are yet to materialize.
The return on Biega still isn’t known, but it is likely this move is about freeing up a contract space as the Leafs were getting close to the 50 max. That could prevent them from signing either Matthew Knies or Nick Abruzesse once their NCAA seasons come to a close. Or you know, they might be trying to make other deals today.
If you are expecting more than Future Considerations or a conditional seventh, prepare to be disappointed.
Biega played two games for the Leafs and was a -2 in those games. He averaged 13 minutes a night.
Goodbye Alex Biega. We’ll always remember that you were briefly here.
It’s now being reported that it is indeed future considerations that the Leafs are receiving for Biega. I’d still say they came out on top in this move.

**Breaking News**
Alex Biega to @PredsNHL from @MapleLeafs for Future Considerations. @espn @NHLNetwork @TSNHockey #HockeyTwitter
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) March 21, 2022

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