News and Notes: Updates on Joey Votto, Yimi García, Ricky Tiedemann, and more

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Ryley Delaney
1 month ago
There’s some good news in regards to the injuries in the Blue Jays organization.
This is News and Notes, where we look at news and notes from around the Blue Jays organization. In this article, we’ll look at an update on a prospect, as well as some spot starters and a Canadian first baseman who hasn’t been seen (doing baseball activities) in months.
Let’s dig in!

Yimi García update

The tweets we’ll be looking at today come from Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling, who quickly fired out about five in a short span. We’ll start with the bullpen ace, Yimi García.
Toronto’s bullpen has been shaky, to say the least, over the past few weeks. One reason for that is the health of the pen, and missing García to a back soreness hasn’t helped. He hasn’t pitched since April 28, but it appears he could be good to go in this series or be placed on the 15-day Injured List, presumably retroactively.
This season, García has a 0.68 ERA and a 2.39 FIP in 13.1 innings pitched, along with a 34 K% and 6.4 BB%. He’s been nothing short of great this season, and if the Jays need to sell, he could be a valuable piece.

Bowden Francis update

According to Zwelling, Bowden Francis threw a bullpen yesterday and is scheduled to throw another one on Thursday. Zwelling also reported that when he pitches in rehab assignments (likely for Buffalo), he’ll start, but once returning, he’ll come out of the bullpen.
It’s been a tough season for Francis, as he has an 8.59 ERA and a 6.01 FIP in 14.2 innings pitched, along with a 25 K% and a 10.3 BB%. Prior to hitting the Injured List, he had pitched four innings with no-run ball and was seemingly turning a corner until he was placed on the IL.

Chad Green update

Another painful loss in the bullpen, Green is playing long toss and could throw off a mound soon, according to Zwelling.
Green hasn’t pitched since April 15, about a week shy of a month at this point. When he has pitched, he has a 2.35 ERA and a 5.49 FIP in 7.2 innings pitched, or seven outings. The K% sits at 25%, while his BB% of 7.1% is lower than last season’s 7.7 BB%.
The bullpen hasn’t been fully healthy all season, as Erik Swanson and Jordan Romano returned to the mound a day after Green last pitched. The Jays have had to rely on guys like Zach Pop and Nate Pearson.

Ricky Tiedemann update

Some news on the minor league side of things: Ricky Tiedemann has been out with an ulnar nerve issue for the past few weeks but has resumed throwing in Dunedin. While not on a mound yet, Zwelling reports that it could happen in the next few weeks.
Toronto’s top prospect has had a rough season in 2024. With the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, the 21-year-old has a 5.63 ERA and a 10.50 FIP in eight innings pitched. Tiedemann’s K% is usually on the high side, but his 23.8 K% this season is the lowest at any level, albeit in a small sample size. Moreover, his 21.4 BB% is the highest he’s ever had.

Joey Votto update

In his first plate appearance for his hometown team, Joey Votto went deep during his first Spring Training game. However, he rolled his ankle on a loose bat in the dugout, and what seemed like a day-to-day injury has turned into a two-month adventure of “Where’s Votto?”
Zwelling clarified the situation, reporting that he’s still ramping up baseball activities and that the next step will be live at bats.
It still seems like it’ll be at least a few weeks until Votto is ready to go for the Blue Jays, maybe even longer. Votto struggled with the Cincinnati Reds in 2023, slashing .202/.314/.433 with 14 homers in 242 plate appearances for a 98 wRC+. However, the 2021 season proved that he was still one of the best-hitting first basemen, as he slashed .266/.375/.563 with 36 home runs in 533 plate appearances.
While the Jays probably won’t get that version of Votto (he’s 40), having that experience in the dugout will help.

Yariel Rodríguez update

Coming from Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, Yariel Rodríguez will the Jays on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was placed on the 15-day Injured List due to “Thoracic Spine Inflammation” on April 30, which doesn’t sound all too fun. It sucks, because Rodríguez was off to a solid start to his big league career, posting a 4.11 ERA and a 4.51 FIP in 15.1 innings pitched in four games.
Hopefully, he returns to the roster sooner rather than later.

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