The Toronto Blue Jays ‘big off-season has put them in a position to be the Yankees’ biggest threats in the AL East. But about a week before the two teams meet in the Bronx on opening day, the Blue Jays are suddenly a mess.

Ross Atkins, Toronto general manager, revealed a series of updates on serious injuries to reporters Tuesday afternoon three all-stars. Worst news is that Kirby Yates “most likely” will need surgery on Tommy John and will miss the 2021 season. Yates, 33, signed a $ 5.5 million one-year deal with Toronto over the winter.

Midfielder George Springer, who is on a six-year $ 150 million deal with the Blue after being pursued by the Mets Jays has signed, has a grade 2 slant load and is being re-evaluated this weekend. Toronto added the 31-year-old to boost a line-up with several young, senior local players.

Then there’s Robbie Ray, the left-handed starter who recently slipped down the stairs while holding his child – which is supposedly okay – and injured the pitching elbow. The Blue Jays hope that Ray is just missing his next spring start and ready for the regular season to start. Toronto acquired the 29-year-old from the Diamondbacks last season and signed another one-year contract for $ 8 million.

The Yankees and Blue Jays open the 2021 season with an opening matinee next Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

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