Ivan Nova on track to start Saturday after throwing bullpen session

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According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Ivan Nova is on track to start Saturday against the Reds after making it through a bullpen session this afternoon.

Nova was forced to leave his start Monday against the Orioles with a contusion and sprain of his right foot and ankle after attempting to field a tapper near the mound. His workout this afternoon consisted of throwing roughly 25 pitches and simulated coming off the mound. While he admitted that he still felt a little something in his ankle, he remains confident that he’ll make able to make his next scheduled turn in the rotation.

Nova was tagged for five runs over 5 1/3 innings in Monday’s abbreviated outing and he now owns a 5.44 ERA and 40/14 K/BB ratio in 43 innings over his first seven starts this season.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.