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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Misses out on Opening Day roster

    Lukes was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

    The 29-year-old outfielder was hoping to win a spot on the Blue Jays' bench in camp, but despite batting .450 (18-for-40) this spring with four doubles, a triple, two steals and a 5:5 BB:K, Lukes will begin the season back in Triple-A. He has little left to prove in the minors after slashing .311/.381/.459 for Buffalo in 159 games over the last two years, but Lukes will likely have to wait for an injury to create a big-league opportunity for him.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Two hits, one run

    Lukes went 2-for-4 with a run during Toronto's 9-2 Grapefruit League win over Tampa Bay on Monday.

    It's a small sample, but through 24 spring training at-bats, Lukes is hitting .500. The 29-year-old's ability to play multiple outfield spots could land him a spot on the Opening Day roster, but it's hard to project much fantasy value in that expected role.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Back in minors

    The Blue Jays optioned Lukes to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.

    With Matt Chapman (finger) returning from the injured list, Lukes will be pushed off the major-league roster. Lukes boasts an impressive .970 OPS through 203 plate appearances in Triple-A, but he has yet to find the same success in the majors and would likely only return to the big leagues as bench depth.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Up from Triple-A

    Lukes was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

    Lukes is not in Tuesday's lineup against righty Max Scherzer. Spencer Horwitz figures to benefit from Brandon Belt (back spasms) landing on the injured list while Lukes should offer outfield depth in the short term.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Sent back to Buffalo

    Toronto optioned Lukes to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

    Lukes gave the Blue Jays some extra outfield depth while Kevin Kiermaier (elbow) spent 10 days on the injured list. Kiermaier has been activated in a corresponding roster move ahead of Friday's series opener in Cincinnati.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Recalled from Buffalo

    Toronto recalled Lukes from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.

    Lukes has gone 4-for-21 (.190) this season at the major-league level, but he's been excellent at Triple-A and the Blue Jays need outfield depth after placing Kevin Kiermaer on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow laceration.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Sent to Triple-A

    Lukes was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Lukes has spent more time in the majors than minors this season but has hardly played while up with the big club. Jordan Luplow is absorbing his spot on the roster.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Back in big leagues

    Lukes was recalled by Toronto on Saturday.

    Lukes has spent more than two months in the majors this season but has received a total of 23 plate appearances, posting a .524 OPS. He's up to replace George Springer, who was placed on the paternity list, but probably won't play much if the pattern continues.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Optioned to Triple-A

    Lukes was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

    Lukes has been in the majors almost all season but has been used sparingly, garnering just 23 plate appearances. Spencer Horwitz is taking his roster spot.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Gets rare start Sunday

    Lukes went 0-for-2 before being replaced by pinch hitter Santiago Espinal in Sunday's win over the Twins.

    Lukes has seen very little action this season from the end of the Blue Jays' bench, and he's done little to demand a bigger role, batting just .158 (3-for-19) while mainly being used as a pinch runner or defensive replacement. The 28-year-old still has all his minor-league options remaining, but so far he's avoided being a regular passenger on the shuttle between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Getting first start

    Lukes is starting in right field and batting ninth for the Blue Jays on Wednesday versus the Astros, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    It will be the first start in the majors for Lukes, who is hitless in one plate appearance. George Springer is in the designated hitter spot Wednesday.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Gets call-up

    The Blue Jays recalled Lukes from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday.

    Lukes will be back with the big club for the second time this season, though his path to playing time remains fairly blocked while all of Toronto's key regulars are healthy. Since Lukes possesses decent speed and is capable of covering all three outfield spots, most of his usage is likely to come as a pinch runner or late-inning defensive replacement while he's with the Blue Jays.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Optioned to Triple-A

    Lukes was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo by the Blue Jays on Friday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.

    The 28-year-old was sent down to make room for Jordan Luplow. Lukes did not receive a plate appearance during his time with Toronto to start the year, but he should receive regular playing time as a member of the Bisons in the International League.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Makes Opening Day roster

    Lukes was informed Tuesday that he's made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Lukes will be getting his first taste of the majors after he was added to the 40-man roster over the winter following a strong season at Triple-A Buffalo. The 28-year-old turned in a productive spring and will be a backup at all three outfield spots.

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  • Blue Jays' Nathan Lukes: Added to 40-man roster

    Lukes was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Thursday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    Toronto wanted to keep Lukes in the organization this offseason and decided he's worth a spot on the 40-man roster. He appeared in 111 games for Triple-A Buffalo in 2022 and had a .285/.361/.425 slash line with 11 home runs, 61 RBI and 20 steals.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Portland, OR
Age: 29
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, R