Kevin Gausman will return, start for Blue Jays vs. Royals Thursday

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Pitcher Kevin Gausman will be back on the mound starting for the Toronto Blue Jays to open their series against the Kansas City Royals, interim manager John Schneider said in a post game press conference.

Gausman hasn't pitched since exiting the game against the Rays on July 2 with a bruised right ankle, and was rumoured to return earlier, and was speculated to appear on Tuesday against the Phillies but had his return date pushed back multiple times.

The 31-year-old currently has a 2.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 88 innings pitched through his first 16 starts in Toronto.

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