The Blue Jays’ Manoah to start Saturday against the Royals after IL activation

The Blue Jays’ Manoah to start Saturday against the Royals after IL activation

The Blue Jays’ Manoah to start Saturday against the Royals after IL activation

Toronto Blue Jays rookie pitcher Alek manoah has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will begin Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the team announced.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays sent Trent Thornton to triple-A to make room for Manoah.

Manoah had been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised back on July 21 after he slipped and fell down the rain-soaked steps of the dugout at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. He successfully completed a mock game and is hopeful to start against the Royals in the Blue Jays’ first home game at Rogers Center since 2020.

The rookie pitcher was also out at the end of June due to a five-game suspension he received following an expulsion against the Baltimore Orioles on June 19.

Manoah, Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, has thrived in his first season, going 2-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 40.1 innings.

Live coverage of Blue Jays vs. Royals begins at 3:07 pm ET on Sportsnet.

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