The Brandon Wheat Kings were given the green light to resume team activities this week, in accordance with WHL COVID-19 Protocols. Brandon's weekend schedule is up in the air. The Wheat Kings are to play the Blades in Saskatoon on Friday and Sunday. The Blades were unable to field a complete team due to nine players on the active roster currently on the WHL COVID-19 Protocol List. As a result, Saskatoon's road games against the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 25th and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on January 26th were postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Brandon is scheduled to face the Raiders in Prince Albert on Saturday. The Wheat Kings haven't played since defeating the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in overtime on January 16th.
The Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers released offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais in order to allow him to further pursue an NFL agreement. The 24-year-old Belle River, Ontario native was selected in the first round (4th overall) by the Bombers in the 2019 CFL Draft.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed former Major League right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas. Lucas signed with the Goldeyes for the 2021 season before his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first week of training camp. He was assigned to the Triple-A West’s Reno Aces where he made five relief appearances. Lucas first joined the Goldeyes at the end of 2020, posting a 1.20 ERA in two starts and one relief outing. The Lakeland, Florida native struck out 18 and walked only two in 15.0 innings pitched. Lucas enters his 12th season of professional baseball, and was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 21st round in 2010 out of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (Bradenton, Florida). The 31-year-old right-hander first reached the Major Leagues in 2017 where he made five relief appearances for St. Louis. The following season, Lucas appeared in eight games for the Oakland Athletics, and returned to the Majors again in 2019 with the Baltimore Orioles. The Goldeyes now have eight players signed to contracts for the 2022 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 30 players during spring training, which begins May 5th.