An injury report
The list of injuries the Blue Jays have had to endure and battle through in 2020 is long. Ken Giles, Bo Bichette, Teoscar Hernandez, Nate Pearson, Jordan Romano, Matt Shoemaker, Wilmer Font, Rowdy Tellez, just to name a few.
Giles made his return on Friday night against the New York Mets. He will likely need a few more appearances before the team considers him in the closer’s role. Still, he’s a welcome addition who helps add more depth to the bullpen. Giles has the potential to be the team’s best reliever going forward, but even if he can’t regain his form there is a strong group of arms in the pen that can get the job done.
Bichette also made his long awaited return to the lineup on Saturday. After missing nearly a month of action, Bichette went 1 for 4 in his first game back but then followed that up with an 0 for 4 performance on Sunday. No doubt it will likely take Bichette a bit of time to get back to his old self that saw him having so much success before the injury.
Hernandez and Tellez could both be back before the post-season starts, as outlined here by Paul Taylor. Both would be huge additions, especially Hernandez who has arguably been the Blue Jays’ best hitter this season.
There’s still no definitive date set for Pearson’s return from a flexor strain, however, Ross GM Atkins said last week that it’s likely he’ll be used out of the bullpen upon his return.
The Yankees haven’t been as lucky, as they are still missing many key players. However, manager Aaron Boone said Friday that both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton could be back as early as this coming weekend. That would mean that the Blue Jays will avoid both in this series, but could very well see them starting next Monday when they open a four-game series in Buffalo.