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Top Santiago Espinal News

  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Agrees to terms

    Espinal agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    The 29-year-old utility player saw 20-plus games at second base and third base last season while playing 16 games at shortstop. His defensive versatility makes him more valuable in real life than in fantasy.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Hits bench Sunday

    Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

    Espinal went 6-for-10 with a double and four RBI while starting in three of the past four games at third base, but he'll head to the bench Sunday while Cavan Biggio logs a start at the hot corner. The Blue Jays should have extra playing time available for Espinal on the left side of the infield while both Matt Chapman (finger) and Bo Bichette (quadricep) are on the injured list.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Returns to bench

    Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

    Espinal went 4-for-21 with three runs and two RBI while starting in each of the past six games, but he appears primed to see fewer opportunities moving forward while he transitions back into a utility role. Bo Bichette, Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Chapman and George Springer have all returned from recent injury-related absences, bringing the Toronto lineup back to full strength.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Nabs fourth straight start

    Espinal will start at third base and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

    Espinal will stick in the lineup for the fourth game in a row, with each of his last three starts now coming at third base in place of the injured Matt Chapman (finger). Though he's held his own over the last three games with three hits, two RBI and two runs over 11 at-bats, Espinal will likely be headed back to a utility role in the near future, assuming Chapman is able to avoid a trip to the injured list.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Activated from injured list

    Espinal (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

    Espinal has been sidelined since late May because of a right hamstring strain but got through a few rehab games with no problems. He will return to a utility infielder role with the Blue Jays.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Third rehab game Saturday

    Espinal (hamstring) is slated for a third rehab game Saturday with Low-A Dunedin, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Espinal has the night off Friday after going 2-for-6 with a double in his first two rehab games Wednesday and Thursday. On the shelf since May 20 due to a right hamstring strain, the 28-year-old utility infielder should be ready to return to the Blue Jays' active roster next week.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Takes live batting practice

    Espinal (hamstring) took live batting practice Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Espinal is working out at the Blue Jays' player development complex in Florida as he recovers from the right hamstring strain he suffered May 20 against the Orioles. He still has a lot of hurdles to clear, including agility drills and running, but the 28-year-old could feasibly be ready to return to Toronto's active roster in the early part of June.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Placed on 10-day IL

    Espinal was placed on the 10-day injured list by the Blue Jays on Monday with a right hamstring inflammation, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    There had been hope Espinal would avoid the IL and the fact that the Jays are calling it inflammation and not a strain would seem to suggest they're just being extra cautious. Otto Lopez is up to take Espinal's roster spot.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: May not require injured list

    Espinal, who is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles with a hamstring injury, said he shouldn't need a trip to the injured list, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

    The 28-year-old exited Saturday's contest with a right hamstring issue, but it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Even if available, Espinal isn't guaranteed to rejoin the starting nine within the next couple days since Toronto's position players are otherwise healthy.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Exits early Saturday

    Espinal exited Saturday's contest with the Orioles early with a right hamstring injury. He went 3-for-3 before leaving.

    Espinal was forced out of the game in the top of the eighth inning with right leg discomfort, which is now understood to be hamstring related. Whit Merrifield replaced him at second base and will bat eighth for the remainder of the contest. More information on Espinal's status will likely be provided after the game.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Getting start

    Espinal is will start at second base and bat ninth Wednesday against the Yankees.

    With Whit Merrifield covering left field Wednesday while Kevin Kiermaier (illness) gets the night off, the keystone is opened up for Espinal. The 28-year-old infielder has put up a woeful .477 OPS across 71 plate appearances this season.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Three hits, stolen base in win

    Espinal went 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored and a steal in Wednesday's 8-0 win over the White Sox.

    Espinal made an impact in his first game since suffering a wrist contusion on April 22, hitting three singles while stealing his first bag of the season. The 28-year-old infielder had gotten off to a sluggish start to the season, going just 4-for-35 before the injury. Following the three-hit performance, Espinal is slashing .179/.238/.256 with one homer, five RBI and five runs scored through 42 plate appearances. He'll likely continue filling a utility role off the bench for Toronto.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Back in lineup Wednesday

    Espinal (wrist) is starting at second base and batting ninth Wednesday versus the White Sox.

    After suffering a right wrist contusion Saturday when he was hit by a Gerrit Cole fastball, Espinal had been available off the bench for both of the Blue Jays' first two games this week against the White Sox but went unused. He'll now get the chance to re-enter the lineup, as Whit Merrifield will moves from the infield to left field while Kevin Kiermaier gets the afternoon off.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Available off bench

    Espinal (wrist) was available off the bench for the Blue Jays during Monday's win over the White Sox, MLB.com reports.

    Espinal had to exit Saturday's game versus the Yankees after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch, but tests came back negative and he's been cleared to play. The infielder is off to a 4-for-35 start at the plate this season.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Requires more testing

    Manager John Schneider said Espinal (wrist) will undergo additional medical testing Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

    Espinal had X-rays come back negative on his bruised right wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday, but more medical testing is still necessary. The 28-year-old should still be considered day-to-day but seems unlikely to be available for Monday's series opener versus the White Sox.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: X-rays negative on wrist

    Espinal is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, but X-rays on his bruised right wrist returned negative, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

    Espinal was fortunate to avoid any structural damage to his wrist after being hit by a pitch in Saturday's 3-2 loss, but he may be down for a day or two while he waits for the bruising to subside. The Blue Jays still have Cavan Biggio on hand as a utility infielder if Espinal isn't available off the bench.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Undergoing tests on wrist

    Espinal was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after getting hit by a pitch Saturday against the Yankees and is undergoing further evaluation.

    The Gerrit Cole fastball forced Espinal to exit the game, and depending on the results of the tests, it could force him to miss some time. Cavan Biggio would be in line for an expanded role if that happens.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Exits after pitch hits hand

    Espinal left Saturday's game against the Yankees after getting hit on the right hand or wrist, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    Espinal was struck by a Gerrit Cole fastball and left the game in obvious pain. Cavan Biggio replaced him as a pinch runner and could see more at-bats as Toronto's top utility infielder if Espinal is forced to miss time.

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  • Blue Jays' Santiago Espinal: Hits homer as replacement

    Espinal went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in Monday's 9-2 loss against Houston.

    Espinal replaced Bo Bichette at shortstop in the bottom of the seventh, and he hit his first homer of the season in the top of the eighth. It was only the third hit this season for the backup middle infielder, who's appeared in just 10 of Toronto's 17 games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Age: 29
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R