Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:04:00 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Russell Martin is not in the starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 24. C Josh Thole is batting ninth and will catch SP R.A. Dickey Friday.
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to remove Martin ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) from your lineups Friday. While his batting average (.159) leaves a lot to be desired, his counting starts are impressive, as Martin has already scored nine runs, hit two home runs and drove in nine runs. When in the lineup, Martin is a nice source of cap relief for FantasyScore players. Thole is a defensive-first catcher and career .204 hitter against left-handed pitchers. Avoid him in daily contests Friday.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:58:44 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Josh Thole is expected to make his season debut Friday, April 24, against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Fantasy Tip: Thole doesn't have any worthwhile fantasy value, and he is starting because he specializes in catching the knuckleball and R.A. Dickey is on the hill.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:48:58 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Thursday, April 23, and the move was backdated to April 22. C Josh Thole was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.
Fantasy Tip: With Navarro and Jose Bautista (shoulder) currently sidelined, Danny Valencia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) and Ryan Goins should see consistent playing time, but both are nothing more than dice rolls at FantasyScore in the right matchups.
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 12:44:36 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up options on SP J.A. Happ and C Josh Thole.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:24:55 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (illness) was scratched from the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 26. OF Kevin Pillar will play center field and bat eighth. 3B Juan Francisco and C Josh Thole will each move up the batting order a spot.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:51:57 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 26, against the Boston Red Sox. C Josh Thole is starting behind the plate and batting eighth.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:54:50 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Tuesday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles. C Josh Thole works as the personal catch for SP R.A. Dickey, who started Tuesday, and he has been hitting well. "Thole is swinging," manager John Gibbons said. "I could tell (Navarro) was starting to slow down a bit. It helps us keep (him) fresh over the whole season, and he'll be available on the bench if we need him."
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:09:41 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Josh Thole has won the backup catching job over C Erik Kratz. Thole will be tasked with catching SP R.A. Dickey.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:48:37 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Moises Sierra and C Erik Kratz are in good position to make the club as bench options. Sierra has an advantage over OF Anthony Gose because Sierra is out of options and hits right-handed, which would complement DH Adam Lind for platoon duties. Melky Cabrera would be the backup center fielder if Sierra makes the club. Kratz is beating out C Josh Thole because he's been SP R.A. Dickey's primary receiver. Still, the backup backstop competition probably will last until the end of camp.
Fantasy Tip: Sierra is an intriguing AL-only dice roll because of his power-speed mix. Gose's speed could be just as useful for hopeful, cautious bidders.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:23:42 -0800
The plan is for Toronto Blue Jays C Erik Kratz to continue working with SP R.A. Dickey this spring, meaning Kratz has the inside track over C Josh Thole for the job to back up C Dioner Navarro. However, manager John Gibbons is saying not to read anything into it, despite praising Kratz's work with the knuckleballer.