Despite being blanked 7-0 by the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays provided an encouraging injury update on right-hander Mitch White, who has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut this spring.
White, delayed by a right shoulder impingement over the off-season, has been working on his build-up at the player development complex over the last few weeks and made a positive stride this past weekend, throwing a 43-pitch bullpen session. The 28-year-old’s next step will be facing live hitters on Friday, where he is expected to throw a few simulated innings.
If everything checks out, White may be cleared for game action shortly afterwards and could make his spring training debut as early as next week.
Mitch White (shoulder) threw a 43-pitch bullpen over the weekend. He’s scheduled to throw a live bullpen on Friday against Blue Jays hitters. Aiming for a couple simulated innings.
If all goes well Friday, White’s next step would be 1-2 innings in a Grapefruit League game.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) March 8, 2023
The 6-foot-3 hurler, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at last season’s trade deadline, figures to open the regular season in the bullpen – if he’s ready by then – and would serve as Toronto’s multi-inning reliever. But if he were to start the season on the injured list, however, the team would likely turn to Nate Pearson or Zach Thompson for that role.
White made eight starts and two relief appearances with the Blue Jays in 2022, logging 43.0 innings and posting a 7.74 ERA a …
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