Getty Images

Mariners activate Felix Hernandez

3 Comments

The Seattle Mariners have activated Felix Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.

He’s missed over a month, in fact, due to a recurrence of bursitis in his right shoulder, having been placed on the disabled list on August 5, retroactive to August 1. The Mariners are 18-20 since then and currently stand three and a half games back for the second Wild Card, with the Angels separating them from the current placeholder Twins.

Hernandez, who is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season in 13 starts, will be limited to around 50 pitches in the outing.

The Buffalo Blue Jays? The team has reportedly asked about playing there

The Buffalo Blue Jays
Getty Images
2 Comments

The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.

The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:

Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.

This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.

As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.