Marco Estrada
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19 hours ago

Estrada (5-4) gave up two earned runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander made a solid return from his back injury, giving up only a first-inning fielders choice RBI to Robinson Cano and a fifth-inning run-scoring double to Seth Smith. Estrada was also able to notch 14 swinging strikes, but didn't receive any appreciable run support on a night where Mariners lefty James Paxton consistently stymied the potent Blue Jays lineup. Despite dropping his second straight decision, Estrada's ERA remains a solid 2.94 and his WHIP remains a strong 1.01.

Marco Estrada
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1 day ago

Estrada (back) was activated from the disabled list and will start Friday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Back soreness cost Estrada a couple turns in the rotation but he's been cleared to toe the rubber Friday opposite James Paxton. The back issue has been something Estrada's had to manage really since spring training, but it's been impossible to tell by the way he's pitched as the 33-year-old is putting together a career year (2.93 ERA, 0.99 WHIP). He's been excellent at home this season, posting a 2.44 ERA and .151 BAA in eight starts.

Marco Estrada
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1 week ago

Estrada (back) is on track to be activated from the DL, and make his next start on July 22 against the Mariners, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada is currently on the 15-day DL with soreness in his lower back. The injury was considered relatively minor, but it was enough for Estrada to miss his final start before the All-Star break and then the Midsummer Classic in San Diego. Estrada technically could have been activated from the DL in time for an upcoming two-game series in Arizona. Toronto has decided to not make the move for that interleague series because the club is concerned that Estrada being forced to hit could result in more back problems.

Marco Estrada
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2 weeks ago

Before being placed on the 15-Day DL with a back injury, Estrada (5-3) posted a nifty 2.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 16 first-half starts.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada is scheduled to return after the All-Star Break and that news couldn't be any better for the Blue Jays and fantasy owners. The 33-year-old right-hander leads the AL in WHIP, BAA and OPS against, while managing the league's third-best ERA. Estrada has put forth a quality outing in 12 of his starts, including a stretch of eight in a row from May 19 to June 27. In fact, had he not pulled himself from his final start due to injury, Estrada may very well have entered the break riding a streak of 13 straight quality starts. Unfortunately, he's fallen victim to having one of the worst run support averages in all of MLB at 4.1 runs per game. The Jays have been heating up though, and that should translate into many more wins in the second half for Estrada.

Marco Estrada
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2 weeks ago

Estrada (back) was placed on the 15-day DL and will not be able to return to the rotation until after the All-Star break, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays had been hoping Estrada would be able to return to the rotation this weekend, but that has now been ruled out, and he will not be able to pitch in the All-Star game as a result. It is unclear how soon he will be able to take the mound after the break, but he could slot in as soon as July 19 in Arizona. It's a shame that Estrada won't be able to pitch in the All-Star game, as he is certainly deserving of the honor, but the Jays are far more concerned with him getting back to help them down the stretch as they contend for a playoff spot.

Marco Estrada
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3 weeks ago

Estrada (back) is expected to make his next scheduled start, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada reports.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada was bothered by a bit of back pain in his previous start, which seems a bit similar to his early-season back issue. It didn't hinder his performance much, however, as the right-hander allowed three earned runs over five frames. Estrada has since received a cortisone shot, and as long as nothing new resurfaces, he should be good to go for Wednesday's series finale against the Royals. Manager John Gibbons was non-committal, however, stating "He should be fine. We'll see."

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Estrada was bothered by back soreness during his start Saturday against the Indians and is set to undergo an MRI on Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Estrada turned in a respectable stat line Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out seven, he lasted only five innings, tying for his shortest outing of the season. It's likely that the back may have influenced his reduced workload, as the right-hander needed to put on a brace in between the first and second inning to stabilize his ailing back. While Estrada doesn't believe the MRI will reveal anything more than inflammation in his back -- a diagnosis he also received in spring training -- the Blue Jays could still play it safe with him as the All-Star break approaches. Estrada's final start is scheduled for Thursday against the Tigers, and considering the quality of the opponent along with the pitcher's own health issues, it may be a wise move for fantasy owners to hold him out in weekly leagues.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Estrada didn't factor into the decision Saturday versus the Indians, surrendering three earned runs on five hits over five innings. He also struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty pitched reasonably well against the hottest team in baseball, and did managed to induce 12 swinging strikes. However, he did see his major-league record of 12 starts of six innings or more pitched snapped, as he'd thrown 96 pitches by the end of five frames. Despite a solid season, Estrada has been battling a sore back, and is reportedly considering forgoing his next start at a minimum as a result. The 32-year-old currently has a 5-3 record and 2.93 ERA over 104.1 innings.

Marco Estrada
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3 weeks ago

Estrada says the back issue he's been dealing with for a while has gotten worse following his last start, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Estrada has been dealing with a back problem since Spring Training and it appears he may require time off to return to full strength. The 32-year-old will likely undergo an MRI in the coming days which will determine if he'll need a DL stint. The right-hander is improving upon an impressive 2015 campaign as he's posted a 2.81 ERA and 0.99 WHIP so far this season, both career-bests.

Marco Estrada
SP TOR
4 weeks ago

Estrada allowed three runs on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Considering Estrada has historically had a big home run problem, the fact that he escaped six innings in Colorado and only allowed one homer has to feel like a win. Unfortunately, it was a three-run shot from Carlos Gonzalez that accounted for all the damage against Estrada. Other than that, he was nasty as usual, as he induced 15 swinging strikes in just 91 pitches, and he now owns a sharp 8.3 K/9 to go with his 2.81 ERA.