Shoemaker to start in next Blue Jays game

Shoemaker to start in next Blue Jays game
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WASHINGTON – Matt Shoemaker will be the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in their next game, whenever that might be.

Shoemaker has gone the longest since his last start among Toronto’s rotation. He allowed one run over six innings in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 25.

The veteran right-hander’s next start comes as Major League Baseball’s season continues to be clouded by doubt.

“From a player standpoint, hectic to say the least,” said Shoemaker. “As a team we got together and said ‘we just have to control what we can control.’

“Whether we play or not, whether they’re postponed, that’s beyond our control, so we just have to roll with it.”

Another game was postponed on Saturday by the COVID-19 pandemic, for a total of 17 games MLB has had to reschedule including Toronto’s three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend.

Philadelphia reported no new positive tests on Saturday after the Phillies were sidelined for at least a week following a series against the Miami Marlins. Two Phillies staff members previously tested positive.

“We’re just staying mentally ready,” said Shoemaker. “We think we should have been in playing in Philly this weekend.
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