At The Trop
One of the better things about being on the road is the pregame meetings with the manager. At home, the interview sessions are so structured because of the higher volume of home media. On the road, sometimes we only have four or fives guys traveling. What is the benefit of this? Well, with John Gibbons, a lot of times it leads to lengthier meetings in which we don’t just get our day-to-day info for our notebooks, but also a lot of just sitting around and talking, telling stories, jokes — stuff like that.
Gibby had a nice anecdote today about his time at the All-Star Game. He said Tampa Bay was probably going to be running on the basepaths with Halladay on the mound on Tuesday — something a lot of teams have increasingly done against Doc, who doesn’t have a traditional slide step. The approach was something that led to a funny exchange at the ASG in Pittsburgh.
When Halladay was on the mound for the American League, two runners stole bases against him. Gibbons was on the bench when he overheard one of the White Sox players ask manager Ozzie Guillen about the pair of swipes:
"One of the White Sox players said to Ozzie, ‘How come we never try to steal when Halladay pitches?’" Gibbons said on Tuesday. "Guillen says, ‘Because nobody ever gets on.’"
Obviously, there was no post yesterday. For those of you out there with good detective skills, that probably meant I didn’t attend Gustavo Chacin’s rehab outing in Dunedin, after all. That’d be correct. It was raining sideways at my hotel and I didn’t want to be sitting at a potential rainout at Knology Park on my day off — not going to lie to you.
Well, Chacin gave up five runs on six hits with four walks in 4 2/3 innings. Not the best stats, but Gibbons and Brad Arnsberg, the pitching coach, insist that results aren’t what they are looking at in a rehab start. They are looking at the fact that he’s been able to throw a lot of pitches and not experience any pain in his elbow. So he’s scheduled to start Saturday in Baltimore.
No word yet on who will be removed from the bullpen and added to the roster when Chacin returns. Toronto will most likely return to 13 position players and 12 pitchers. That would mean Chacin is up, two relievers are down, and a position player is added. If I had to venture a guess: Add catcher Jason Phillips and option Francisco Rosario and Jason Frasor or Dustin McGowan. We’ll see what happens.
Gibbons said he expected injured pitcher Justin Speier (forearm) to join the team on the current road trip. He wasn’t sure if that’d be in Tampa or in Baltimore, though. Neither Gibbons nor Arnsberg know when Speier will begin throwing again, but Gibby said today he’d expect him back in September. Speier’s estimation was that he’d begin throwing a week after he got hurt, which would be tomorrow. It’ll probably be more than a week.
I saw Jose Canseco at the airport in Tampa. Nothing else to report on that — literally just a random sighting.
ONE MORE THING:
Check out the blogs of my colleagues Mark Feinsand at Yankees.com or Ian Browne at RedSox.com. I have links to them on the left side of this site. Check out how many comments they get. All of you Blue Jays fans need to spread the word and use this blog as a discussion board. Let’s get the comments rolling, the discussions churning, and show that the Jays fan base can be just as active their East rivals. Just had to say my part.
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