Manager Charlie Montoyo revealed the expected news on Wednesday ahead of the club’s training for Thursday’s season opener against the New York Yankees, adding that Ross Stripling will follow ace Hyun-Jin Ryu in the rotation with TJ Zeuch. likely to start Game 3 if he doesn’t. needed earlier.
“He deserved it,” Montoyo said of Zeuch being considered for a start. “He pitched really well, he pitched really well last year and he pitched really well in the spring. I’m not saying he’ll be the starter, but it’s a choice because of what he did. ”
Two rosters of players also remain to be decided after practice, Julian Merryweather, if in good health, should grab one and a handful of options for the other. The Blue Jays also need to clear two spots on the 40-man roster for Joe Panik and Tim Mayza, with non-options Breyvic Valera and Reese McGuire two options.
Springer, who is with the team in New York, will continue baseball activities for the time being and his placement on the injured list may be backdated to March 29, making him eligible along with southpaw Robbie Ray, also opening the season on IL. for a return from April 8.
“I hope as soon as possible, but we have to go day by day,” said Montoyo. “Of course he’s got to face pitchers, live BPs and stuff, so how he’ll react from there we’ll know more (on a timeline). Hopefully the first or second day it’s time to come back he’ll be ready.
The Blue Jays made the call after a collective discussion with Springer, medics, Montoyo and general manager Ross Atkins.
“He understood, he’s a player, he wants to go, but he understood the reason why we are doing it,” said Montoyo. “He was okay with that. All together, we agreed that the best thing to do was to participate in the IL at this point.
Montoyo also revealed that he had received a COVID-19 vaccine in recent days after climbing to a standby availability. When asked if other coaches / off-court staff had been shot, he replied, “I think so.” The team is also in the process of “making plans” for the others who want it.
The Blue Jays open the season Thursday in New York against the Yankees with a first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET / 10:05 a.m. PT on Sportsnet.