Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:52:54 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays activated SP J.A. Happ (back) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, April 14, and put 2B Maicer Izturis (knee) on the DL with a sprained left knee. Also, SS Munenori Kawasaki was recalled from the minors.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:01:21 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) allowed a run and four hits while striking out six and walking two in 4 2/3 innings (90 pitches) for Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, April 10.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:59:33 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, April 10, but what the next step is is unclear.
Fantasy Tip: Happ will likely stick around in the minors for more rehab starts and to get back on track after having a very rough spring training camp.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:07:14 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) isn't guaranteed a rotation spot when he returns from the disabled list. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday, April 2.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:11:10 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) will begin the season on the disabled list with back tightness.
Fantasy Tip: Happ had a nightmare spring, and it may have been attributed to his back woes. When he's healthy, he could jump into the starting rotation if there is a need. Otherwise, he's a candidate for long relief out of the bullpen.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:05:26 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ, who is competing for one of the final two rotation spots, allowed three more runs and three hits while walking four in just 2 2/3 innings Wednesday, March 19. He threw fewer than half of his 71 pitches for strikes. He'll have two more spring starts to try to prove he deserves a spot.
Fantasy Tip: Right now, based on his spring performance, Happ is probably on the outside looking in, even though he has the experience edge in his favor. Drew Hutchison looks to be a lock for one of the spots.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:27:44 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in three innings in a minor league game Friday, March 14, and he said his back is feeling better. "I wanted to jump right back in, but they thought this was a good idea, and it turned out to be a good idea," Happ said of his brief absence to rest the injury. "I'm ready to go." The team is being cautious with Happ, and they'll make him earn a rotation spot in competition with the likes of SPs Esmil Rogers, Todd Redmond, Marcus Stroman and Ricky Romero.
Fantasy Tip: As Chisholm notes, it appears that Drew Hutchison has one of the remaining two spots locked up. He's a sleeper pick for AL-only managers. Happ has the experience, but Toronto may prefer health and youth from Stroman. Stay tuned.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:55:18 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ (back) felt good in a side throwing session and is expected to pitch in a minor league game in the next several days. "He's still a guy we're counting on," manager John Gibbons said.
Fantasy Tip: Happ is a member of the rotation when healthy, but as previously noted, he'll have to fight off the likes of Marcus Stroman and perhaps Ricky Romero. He's likely to lose that fight to at least one of them eventually.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:43:17 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchison is in the lead for a rotation spot, according to manager John Gibbons. "Nobody's pitched better this spring than Hutch," he said. "The way he's pitching he's been dominating." Hutchison is likely in even if J.A. Happ (back) is healthy. Marcus Stroman remains in the mix for replacing Happ, but Gibbons wants prospect to tighten his command. Ricky Romero pitched four innings Wednesday, March 12, and apparently impressed Toronto brass, and he can't be counted out yet. Esmil Rogers and Todd Redmond are also in consideration.
Fantasy Tip: Hutchison could be a decent gamble in deep mixed leagues and should be in line for more AL-only confidence. Stroman should get a few starts this season, at least, and warrants a stash. Romero is worth watching.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:34:15 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman continued to focus on developing his changeup in his start Wednesday, March 12, and he allowed three runs in the team's loss. Stroman needs to focus on keeping the ball down in the zone in order to lock up one of the remaining two rotation spots, and it's likely that he's best served from some more minor league seasoning.
Fantasy Tip: Whether Stroman starts the year in the major league rotation will likely depend on how healthy J.A. Happ (back) is. As a result, Stroman should be a low investment in AL-only leagues.