Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kirby Yates (arm strain) out several weeks

Aug 7, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates (39) pitches during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Reliever Kirby Yates, the favorite for the closer’s role with the Toronto Blue Jays, is expected to miss several weeks with a flexor-pronator strain in his right arm, the team said Monday.

An All-Star in 2019 with the San Diego Padres, the right-hander signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Toronto in the offseason.

He last pitched on Saturday in just his second appearance of the spring. In two total innings, he gave up two hits and struck out two.

Yates, 33, appeared in just six games for the Padres last season before having surgery in August to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow. In 2019, he had an 0-5 record in 60 games, but led the major leagues with 41 saves. He struck out 101 batters in 60 2/3 innings.

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In seven seasons, Yates has a career record of 12-17 and a 3.54 ERA. He averages 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Right-handers Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis now are options to close games for Toronto.

–Field Level Media