Toronto won't have too many breathers in this slate, not least because the team will be away from Canada for all of it.
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Trent Thornton on the 10-day injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.Thornton felt some discomfort while throwing a bullpen session, manager Charlie Montoyo said during a video availability. There were no immediate plans for an MRI exam, he added.Earlier in the day, the Blue Jays optioned infielder Santiago Espinal and right-hander Jacob Waguespack and added them to the team's taxi squad.Major League Baseball teams had a noon Eastern Time deadline to trim 30-man active rosters to 28 players. Waguespack was recalled after Thornton went on the IL.Teams can now carry a maximum of five players on the taxi squad for road trips this season. Espinal joined catcher Caleb Joseph and right-hander Sam Gaviglio on the list.The moves leave Toronto with 14 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders and five outfielders on the active roster ahead of Thursday night's game in Atlanta. The Blue Jays will continue their road trip with a three-game weekend series at Boston before making their Buffalo home debut on Tuesday against Miami.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 6, 2020.The Canadian Press
Toronto Blue Jays (4-5, third in the AL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (8-5, second in the AL East)Atlanta; Thursday, 7:10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Blue Jays: Nate Pearson (0-0, .00 ERA, .80 WHIP, 5 strikeouts) Braves: Touki Toussaint (0-0, 8.10 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 11 strikeouts)LINE: Braves favoured by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Atlanta Braves take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.The Braves went 50-31 on their home field in 2019. Atlanta averaged 8.8 hits per game last year and totalled 249 home runs as a team.The Blue Jays went 32-49 away from home in 2019. Toronto pitchers had an ERA of 4.79 last season with a staff WHIP of 1.43.The teams meet for the second time this year. The season series is tied 1-1.INJURIES: Braves: Jacob Webb: (shoulder), Jeremy Walker: (shoulder), Mike Soroka: (achilles), Phil Pfeifer: (elbow), Cole Hamels: (left arm), Ozzie Albies: (right wrist), Matt Adams: (left hamstring).Blue Jays: Ken Giles: (right elbow), Yennsy Diaz: (lat), Chase Anderson: (oblique), Derek Fisher: (left quad).___The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.The Associated Press