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What should the Jays do about Alek Manoah?


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Finnegan Frost
April 24, 2024  (5:46 PM)
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Alek Manoah, the Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher on the path to redemption, is gearing up for another crucial step in his comeback journey.

Following a stint in rehab marked by promising signs of improvement, Manoah is set to take the mound for Triple-A Buffalo this week, as confirmed by manager John Schneider.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet shared insights via social media, highlighting Schneider's positive observations of Manoah's recent rehab start. The manager praised Manoah's command of his fastball and the movement of his slider, indicating progress in the right direction.
Manoah's quest for resurgence stems from a challenging period in 2023, where he endured a stark decline from Cy Young contention to struggling as one of the American League's least effective starters. Compounding his woes, a shoulder injury during this year's spring training further hindered his return to form.
However, amidst setbacks, Manoah's determination shines through. His rehabilitation journey reflects a narrative of perseverance and incremental improvement. Transitioning from a rocky outing in A-Ball, where he surrendered six earned runs in just 1.2 innings, to a more composed performance at Triple-A last Friday, where he yielded only two runs across 5.2 innings while tallying five strikeouts, underscores his resilience.
Yet, the impending return to the Blue Jays' rotation poses intriguing roster dynamics. With established names like Chris Bassitt, Kevin Gausman, and José Berríos secured under long-term contracts, and Yusei Kikuchi excelling in the 2024 season, Manoah's reintegration raises questions about the pitching lineup's composition. Yariel Rodriguez currently occupies the fifth spot, backed by a recent five-year deal reflecting his potential.
As speculation swirls regarding the rotation's future, options such as a transition to a six-man rotation or leveraging Rodriguez or Manoah in bullpen roles emerge. The decision hinges on multiple factors, including Manoah's performance in the upcoming start. Clarity on the team's direction is anticipated post-game, shedding light on the path forward for Manoah and the Blue Jays.
source: FanNation
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