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And injury updates on Diaz, Grichuk, Pearce, Stroman and Tulo

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There are some Blue Jays injury notes.

  • Aledmys Diaz is doing base-running drills, getting ABs in extended spring, likely to begin rehab assignment next week. Diaz will likely resume the starting role at shortstop. While Diaz is only hitting .210/.269/.430 with 6 home runs on the year, in his last seven games before being injured, he was heating up with a line of .350/.435/ .750.
  • Randal Grichuk - will resume rehab games in OF tonight, may send him to AA to avoid bad weather in Dunedin. Grichuk, while showing some improvement discipline-wise at the plate before his injury, is still mired in a deep slump, hitting just .106/.208/.227.
  • Steve Pearce - doing long-toss, running drills. Hitting progression to begin next week.
  • Marcus Stroman - off today after four days of throwing. Long toss tomorrow and will probably throw a side next week.
  • Troy Tulowitzki - cleared to begin running on ground and will progress from the anti-gravity machine. Progression to game activities as he is ready

Manager Comments

Gibbons answered questions from the media before the game, including questions on:

  • The team’s current losing streak
  • Osuna’s continued absence
  • Biagini’s return to the bullpen
  • Closing options for tonight (with tongue firmly in cheek)

Lineup

Solarte is starting for Travis at second tonight. Biagini has been moved to the bullpen, presumably to provide long relief in case of continued short outings by the starting rotation.