Simmons belts grand slam to lead Angels past Blue Jays 5-4

Troy Tulowitzki's injury problems have resurfaced, as the Toronto Blue Jays have placed their shortstop on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

"Momentum was huge in the game, especially after the home run by Pillar", said Kole Calhoun, whose diving catch robbed Jose Bautista of extra bases an inning earlier.

While the team has struggled in multiple categories early on, injuries have also stricken some of the club's top players in recent days.

Hiring freeze or thaw? "Obviously Simmons is known for those kinds of double plays".

Justin Smoak led off the ninth inning with a homer off Yates to pull the Blue Jays within 5-4.

The Blue Jays are 1-6 in Stromans last 7 road starts, 3-8 in Stromans last 11 starts and 1-5 in Stromans last 6 Sunday starts.

He also drove a fly ball off the left-field wall for an easy two-bagger with one out in the seventh. Biagini then struck out Albert Pujols and got C.J. Cron to line out to center field for his first save. He's also a solid defender at shortstop, being credited with nine defensive runs saved by FanGraphs across four different positions, so even though he can't match the power output, the overall performance drop won't be steep.

Toronto called up Leonel Campos from Triple-A Buffalo to help their depleted bullpen.

Ryan Tepera (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings in the game that lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes. Tulowitzki injured himself going from second to third on a wild pitch.

Sticking with the topic of starting pitchers, Toronto also announced Tuesday that J.A. Happ, a 20-game victor in 2016, will join Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list after an MRI on his left elbow revealed inflammation with no serious damage.

Tulowitzki (hamstring) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels, Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner reports. He is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two relief appearances for the Blue Jays this season, but has an ERA of 1.80 in two starts for Triple-A Buffalo.

Angels: Prior to Saturday's game, manager Mike Scioscia declined to offer his selection for Sunday's starting pitcher, telling reporters his decision was "depending upon what happens tonight".

  • Julie Sanders