Toronto Raptors: Will Yuta Watanabe lose playing time in 2021?

Toronto Raptors: Will Yuta Watanabe lose playing time in 2021?

The Toronto Raptors are welcoming in plenty of new faces this season, but one returning fan favorite that will be back in the fold is Yuta Watanabe, who ended up going from a two-way player with some potential into a high-energy wing that made an impact on games with his defense. Watanabe, who was discarded […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Transactions: Breyvic Valera and Travis Bergen are back with the Blue Jays

We’ve got some transaction news as two familiar-ish faces are back in the mix.

First, as you would have noticed if you watched Sunday’s game against the Yankees, infielder Breyvic Valera is back with the Blue Jays after being reinstated from the Restricted List. Valera was unable to join the team last season as he wasn’t able to get out of Venezuela due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Valera is a really random name you might have completely forgotten about until today. He was claimed by the Blue Jays from the Yankees back in September of 2019, a dark period of time many of us have wiped from our memories, and he got into five games with the team that season.
His numbers in Triple-A that season (between the Giants and Yankees minor-league affiliates) were actually quite good. Valera slashed a .303/.389/.480 line over 107 games with a 50-to-44 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Of course, he’s also 29 years old with no success at the big-league level.
Anyway, Valera is apparently in the mix for a backup infield gig with Santiago Espinal and Joe Panik, who’s in Florida as a non-roster invitee. I figure Valera is a pretty likely candidate to be …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Prospect Roundup: Nick Robertson’s injury, Amirov settling in, Leafs long shots

Two of the Maple Leafs’ most exciting new faces in Nicholas Robertson and Mikko Lehtonen found themselves on the outside looking in when the puck dropped on opening night but both made their NHL regular season debuts this past week.
Unfortunately for the Leafs and Robertson, he played just 2:20 before suffering a knee injury that will keep him on the shelf for upwards of four weeks. It’s a tough break for a kid that has worked so hard to to crack this lineup as a 19 year old, staying in Toronto all through the summer and offseason while skipping the World Juniors to better prepare himself for his shot at the Leafs roster, but it sounds as though he may have been fortunate it wasn’t worse.

Sheldon Keefe says Nick Robertson (knee) likely out at least four weeks
They consider this good news after initial fears
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 18, 2021

The timing of Robertson’s injury only got worse when Joe Thornton left Wednesday’s game with what appeared to be a significant injury of his own, opening a spot in Toronto’s top nine forward group that the young rookie certainly would have been given a chance to …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation