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Cesar Valdez sidelined with shoulder injury, throwing Jays pitching plans in to flux

August 8th, 2017 at 10:16 PM
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The Blue Jays were without a Wednesday night starter heading into Tuesday night’s series opener against the New York Yankees, after a fill-in member of its makeshift starting staff, Cesar Valdez, was sidelined with a right shoulder impingement.

The right-hander, who has been filling in for injured Aaron Sanchez, was scheduled to face off against Yankees’ righty Masahiro Tanaka in game two of the three-game series. He was also expected to start over the weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Manager John Gibbons said before last night’s game the club had an idea of who would replace the replacement, but hadn’t finally decided. Reliever Leonel Campos, who has pitched 8 2/3 innings out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays this year, with a 2.08 ERA, immediately replaced Valdez on the 25-man roster.

It won’t be Sanchez in for Valdez. Gibbons said the 25-year-old is making slow progress, but he couldn’t put a timeline on Sanchez’s return.

“Hopefully, he makes it back (this season). We’ll see,” the manager said.

Nor will it be Joe Biagini, who was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons on Friday in an effort to once again stretch him out as a starter. The 27-year-old …

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