So, who’s starting in place of Steven Matz?

Steven Matz tested positive for COVID. This now leaves an open start in the rotation and begs the question, who will start in the third game against the Yankees on Thursday? 

Bullpen day:
I find this highly unlikely. The Jays have 13 games in a row from the 8th of June until the 20th. To me, wasting bullpen arms that have struggled since the end of April is not a wise decision. Their designated long man and my favourite pitcher on the staff, Trent Thornton, is likely not stretched out to go more than a few innings.
This bullpen has also been incredibly shaky, especially during the past three weeks. There have been at least seven games by my count that have been lost due to the bullpen. Why expose them to further work when you have four options available in triple-A?
I think that a bullpen day is admitting defeat which shouldn’t be happening against a fellow AL East rival who is currently chasing you.
TJ Zeuch:
Following Zeuch since he was drafted in 2016 is… difficult. I do actually like Zeuch and I believe that the Blue Jays management does as well. With all that being said, his AAA …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Grading OG Anunoby’s breakout 2020-21 season

Toronto Raptors: Grading OG Anunoby’s breakout 2020-21 season

If the Toronto Raptors can take anything positive away from the 2020-21 season, it’s the fact that OG Anunoby has continued his upward ascension and has become one of the game’s premier two-way forwards. After coming into the league as a defensive stopper out of Indiana that needed to work on becoming a consistent threat […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 players who need to step up without Chris Boucher

Toronto Raptors: 3 players who need to step up without Chris Boucher

The Toronto Raptors saw all of the positive momentum they acquired during a win over the Brooklyn Nets, their fourth consecutive win, blunted when they were dealt some grim injury news about standout reserve Chris Boucher. Boucher left the win with what was termed a left knee sprain, meaning that there is a good chance […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Injury Updates! Jordan Romano is expected back soon, Teoscar Hernandez is COVID symptom free, and more!

The weekend in Kansas City was ugly but we got some positive injury updates in regards to some key players. Let’s go through them all…

Teoscar Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 and has been away from the team since the series last weekend against the Los Angeles Angels. Thankfully, Hernandez has recovered and is now “symptom-free,” which is a great sign. Of course, per MLB’s COVID protocol, Hernandez has to be quarantined from the team for a 10-day period and he has to test negative before he can join the Blue Jays. That would mean that, if he can test negative, he’ll be eligible to join the team on April 23, which is the beginning of this weekend’s series in Tampa against the Rays.
Speaking of that series against Tampa, we might also see George Springer finally make his debut this weekend. According to Ross Atkins, Springer isn’t quite at 100% but “all signs are exceptionally positive,” and Charlie Montoyo noted that Springer has resumed all baseball activities.
This, of course, would be a game-changer for the Blue Jays lineup. The team pretty much only has two players, Bo and Vlad, who are hitting right now, and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Metropolitan Riveters pull out of the Lake Placid NWHL Bubble

After members of the team tested positive for COVID-19, the Riveters have withdrawn from the season. All NWHL games scheduled for today have been postponed. A new schedule and any additional changes should be announced shortly.
 

The Metropolitan Riveters have withdrawn from the 2021 NWHL season after several members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.
Press Release: https://t.co/D8b0kxYz5q
— NWHL (@NWHL) January 28, 2021

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

27 NHL’ers test postive for COVID-19 in training camp

27 players have tested positive for COVID-19 during NHL training camps, the league said.

The tests came from nine teams with the majority due to an outbreak on the Dallas Stars that infected 17 players there. They have been largely asymptomatic and are recovering without complication, the league said.
All of the tests were conducted between Dec. 30 and Jan. 11 on a daily basis. The league said a total of 12,000 tests were administered to over 1,200 players.
This year the league will be providing regular updates on COVID-19 test results and will be including the names of the players. This is a shift in the way the league handled the reporting of tests during their 2020 return-to-play.
There, the league opted to not identify players skirting it by deeming players “unfit to play.”
During the summer series’, no players tested positive inside the bubble, but before teams landed in Edmonton and Toronto, a total of 50 positive tests were found.
On Twitter: @zjlaing
 

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: must avoid drafting LaMelo Ball at 2020 NBA Draft

Toronto Raptors: must avoid drafting LaMelo Ball at 2020 NBA Draft

The Toronto Raptors are known for creating positive drama around winning basketball and were crowned NBA Champions in 2019. At the 2020 NBA Draft, the management team of Bobby Webster and Masai Ujiri want to avoid the drama that will come with drafting LaMelo Ball. The only thing the Toronto Raptors have in common with […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Re-Signing Hollis-Jefferson should be top Priority for Toronto Raptors this Offseason

  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson brings the hustle mentality and a positive culture to the Toronto Raptors organization. Yes, I know there are some massive names hitting the free-agent market from the Toronto Raptors roster, but other than Fred Vanvleet I don’t know if the front office is fully tied to any of the outgoing players. Fred […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

NHL finds two COIVD-19 cases in traning camps

The NHL says they have found two positive cases of COIVD-19 in training camps.

The league kicked off training camps July 13th and between that day and the 17th, 2,618 tests were conducted on over 800 players.

NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results: pic.twitter.com/C137laTvbH
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 20, 2020

Both players who tested positive have self-isolated and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols.
The league, which is handling all injury reporting for teams, says they will not be providing information on identify of the players or clubs.
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Caleb Jones spoke out this week confirming he tested positive for COVID-19.
Through the NHL’s phase two the league found a total of 43 cases in players both in and outside of camps.
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News and Notes: Mid-season standings update, Justin Holl’s new contract, Ilya Mikheyev, and more

The Leafs ended the 2010s on a positive note, beating the Minnesota Wild by a score of 4-1 on New Year’s Eve. Sheldon Keefe’s team will head into the 2020s sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division with the surging Tampa Bay Lightning right behind them.

After three months of play, the Atlantic is finally looking normal. The Boston Bruins sit at the top of the pack with a healthy lead in the standings while the Leafs and Lightning, the two other teams who were expected to form the division’s Big Three, are in second and third respectively. While the Panthers, and, to a lesser extent, the Sabres and Habs, are in the mix, it seems like the second half of the season will be a fight between Toronto and Tampa for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
Tampa is three points back but they have three games in hand on the Leafs. The teams will also play each other three more times before the end of the season. Despite a slower-than-expected start, the Lightning are looking more like last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners as of late, as they’re …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation