AL East Notes: Pearson, Borucki, Harvey, Judge, Meadows, Rays, Pollock

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the blue jay are dealing with some injury concerns at their bullpen, as Nate Pearson is related to a non-COVID disease and Ryan Borucki left yesterday’s game with a problem in his right Achilles tendon. Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith (Twitter link) and other reporters that Borucki will undergo an MRI. More about Borucki’s situation will be known when the MRI results come in, but for Pearson, his illness has limited him to just two Grapefruit League appearances so far.

In all likelihood, Pearson’s illness will keep him from making the Toronto opening day list. While this issue seems less severe than the other injuries that have sidelined the right-hander over the past two years, it represents another setback for the former top contender. As for Borucki, the southpaw has been a pretty solid backup, when he was healthy, although he missed most of the 2019 season with elbow problems and over two months of last season with a forearm strain. If another IL mission is required for Borucki, Tim Mayza will be the only left-hander in the Jays’ planned bullpen who could open the door Anton Kay, Taylor Saucedoor Andrew Vasquez cancel stock.

More from the division….

  • the oriole consider a new contract Matt Harveyreports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter link). Harvey battled with Baltimore last season to a 6.27 ERA over 127 2/3 innings, a feat that didn’t result in any publicly known interest in his market this winter. Harvey’s situation is further clouded by the possibility of a 60-game minimum suspension. A new deal would certainly take the form of a minor-league contract and if Harvey is suspended he will need a bit more time to get onto the pitch anyway.
  • In between, there doesn’t seem to be much new on the extension front Aaron Richter and the Yanks, as reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the two sides are nowhere near an agreement. The judge has said he does not want negotiations to continue after opening day, so it appears some progress needs to be made in just five days.
  • He also reports from Rosenthal that the White socks suggested a trade rays you would have seen that Austin Meadows Head to Chicago in exchange for Craig Kimbrell. Though Tampa Bay has reportedly discussed Meadows in other trade talks, the Rays turned down the Kimbrel offer, which is no surprise considering the closer’s $16 million salary for 2022 capped an outsized portion of Tampa’s payroll would have claimed.
  • The White Sox eventually dealt Kimbrel with the dodgers in for another outfielder yesterday AJ Pollock. Aside from Chicago’s discussions with the Rays, there’s another AL East connection to this swap, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that the Red Sox were one of the teams interested in Pollock. The right-handed swipe at Pollock would have been a nice equalizer for Boston’s current outfield corner tandem Alex Verdugo and Jackie Bradley Jr., both swinging from the left side. Barring a platoon split, Pollock would have been an everyday option for the most part, but the Red Sox appear to have committed to Bradley getting a regular share of the outfield, despite Bradley having had a terrible season on the plate.

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