10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
3 weeks ago

Howell was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, Gregor Chisolm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Gibbons was vague on the injury, merely saying "It's all connected" when asked if this injury was connected to a prior shoulder issue. It's safe to assume, given Howell's brutal 8.31 ERA and 2.19 WHIP, that the Blue Jays won't be rushing him back. That is, if he even has a job at all by the time he's healthy again.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
1 month ago

Howell's appeared in just four of Toronto's 22 contests in May.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Gibbon's early-month concerns regarding the left have resulted in minimum usage for Howell. The 34-year-old was signed in the offseason to ease the loss of Brett Cecil, but his contributions (9.64 ERA and 2.79 WHIP) have fallen extremely short of doing such.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
2 months ago

Howell's performance since returning from the DL has his manager, John Gibbons, concerned, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

In three appearances since coming back from a shoulder injury, Howell has been ineffective at fulfilling his role as the Jays' go-to southpaw out of the bullpen. The 34-year-old gave up a home run in his first outing back, threw a wild pitch in his second appearance, and issued a free pass in his most recent game. Howell -- who endured a rough 2016 campaign -- has logged just 1.2 innings for his new team this year, allowing three runs on a few hits and three walks while failing to notch a strikeout through five games. He's also been tagged with a blown save and one loss over just 1.2 innings. The sample size is too small make any conclusions, but the fact that Gibbons has already expressed concerns is a bad sign.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
2 months ago

Howell (shoulder) was activated from the DL on Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Now that he's back in full health, Howell will return to the Blue Jays' bullpen. During his rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin, Howell pitched two shutout innings over two games and struck out five batters. In a corresponding move, Toronto optioned Leonel Campos to Triple-A Buffalo.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
2 months ago

Howell (shoulder) allowed one hit and struck out two In one inning Thursday for High-A Dunedin, The Athletic's John Lott reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howell is eligible to return to the big-league club once he feels up to the task, and it seems that will happen sooner rather than later. However, Thursday was his first rehab game, and the left-hander will probably require another one or two more outings before rejoining the Jays' bullpen. A reasonable expectation for Howell's return would be after the weekend series when the team heads to Yankee Stadium for a three-game set beginning Monday.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
2 months ago

Howell (shoulder) is expected to appear in a few rehab appearances with High-A Dunedin before returning to the big-league bullpen, Mike Wilner of the Blue Jays Radio Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander has been on the disabled list since April 9 (retroactive to April 7, however), but it seems like he's been able to nurse his ailing shoulder back to full health in the meantime. Howell should be able to return to Toronto in the next week or so, and he'll likely resume a fairly prominent role in their bullpen once he's good to go.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
3 months ago

Howell was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a sore left shoulder, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The DL stint will be retroactive to Howell's last appearance April 7, when he failed to record an out while conceding two runs on two hits and two walks to take the loss in relief. It's likely the shoulder issue may have contributed to his poor outing, so the Blue Jays are hopeful that some extended time off might be all the lefty needs to right the ship. It's a surprising development nonetheless for the durable Howell, whose last DL stint came all the way back in 2011.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
3 months ago

Howell was tagged with the loss Friday after failing to record an out while giving up two runs on a pair of hits and walking two Rays.

EDGE Analysis

The Jays had come back from a four-run deficit to take the lead just before Howell entered the game. He allowed a pair of doubles while sandwiching in his first two free passes of the season. Despite the implosion, the team acquired Howell during the offseason to play a major role out of its bullpen this year, so expect to see him back on the hill soon.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
3 months ago

Howell retired the only Orioles hitter he faced, Chris Davis, in his Blue Jays debut on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Howell was brought in this year to replace Brett Cecil, and the left-handed specialist dove headfirst into that role on Opening Day. In his last seven seasons, Howell has averaged less than an inning of work in 434 total appearances. What owners saw Monday is what they can expect throughout the 2017 campaign. From 2013-2016, Cecil averaged 13-plus saves per season with Toronto, and Howell can be expected to do the same -- if not better -- with his new club.

10DJ.P. Howell
RP TOR
4 months ago

Howell believes he will thrive against the competition in the AL East, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howell, a native of the west coast, said the unique ballpark environments of the hard-hitting division is one reason he chose to join Toronto this offseason. "The AL East is so intense. All season long it's usually a close race, so there's usually no letup," the lefty said. "The crowd plays a huge factor when you're tired or struggling, in all aspects, really. But when you need it, they're there. You can get something out of it and it can break some guys down, too." The 33-year-old veteran will replace the departed Brett Cecil as the team's go-to lefty in 2017, affording Howell a realistic opportunity to notch 15-plus holds during the campaign.