June 2007

Game #57: Rays at Jays pregame

Tampa Bay (24-31) at Toronto (27-29)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

DEVIL RAYS
Elijah Dukes, CF
B.J. Upton, 2B
Carl Crawford, LF
Greg Norton, DH
Carlos Pena, 1B
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Delmon Young, RF
Raul Casanova, C
Brendan Harris, SS

PITCHING: RHP Andy Sonnanstine

BLUE JAYS
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Matt Stairs, 1B
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
Sal Fasano, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay

NOTES: The Jays called up C Curtis Thigpen to fill Lyle Overbay’s spot on the roster. Toronto manager John Gibbons said Thigpen will likely start at first base on Wednesday. Gibbons added that the Jays will reevaluate their roster before heading to the West coast, which could mean Thigpen’s promotion may be temporary. … Overbay underwent surgery on his right hand on Tuesday in Baltimore, where the surgery was performed by the same doctor who operated on C Gregg Zaun’s hand. … Zaun will suit up for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday ans is on schedule to join the Jays in L.A. and be activated from the DL on Friday. … RHP Shaun Marcum is still OK to start on Saturday after experiencing back tightness during his start on Sunday. … To clear room on the 40-man roster for Thigpen, Toronto transferred RHP John Thomson to the 60-day DL.

QUOTABLE: "He’s a Texan. That’s all that matters." – Gibbons, on Thigpen

Overbay to the DL

Just when he was starting to feel better at the plate, Lyle Overbay gets struck on the right hand with a pitch from Chicago’s John Danks. An X-ray revealed a fracture and Overbay is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as a result. In the meantime, Matt Stairs will probably get the bulk of the playing time at first, and the Jays will call someone up from Triple-A to help out.

Overbay, who has played in at least 157 games in each of the past three years, has never been on the DL in his career. But, he’s an unfortunate member of the 2007 Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse.

Take a look at the injury woes that have plagued the Jays this season:

RHP Roy Halladay – DL stint in May after emergency appendectomy
3B Troy Glaus – DL stint in April with left heel issue. Troublesome left hammy.
LF Reed Johnson – On DL after back surgery. Possible return this month.
RHP Brandon League – On DL with shoulder issue. Possible return this month.
C Gregg Zaun – On DL with broken hand. Could return later this week.
1B Lyle Overbay – On DL with broken hand. Possibly out until mid-July.
RHP John Thomson – On DL with shoulder issue. No timetable announced.
RHP Victor Zambrano – On DL with forearm issue. No timetable announced.
LHP Gustavo Chacin – On DL with shoulder issue. No timetable announced.
LHP B.J. Ryan – On DL after elbow surgery. Out until 2008.
LHP Davis Romero – On DL after left shoulder surgery. Out until 2008.
CF Vernon Wells – Missed time earlier this year with flu symptoms.
C Jason Phillips – Missed time earlier this year with flu symptoms.
SS Royce Clayton – Missed time with left foot and back issues.
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian – Missed one game with a back injury.

Did I miss anything? At least there’s no staph infections yet.

HE SAID IT: "It’s almost comical when you start thinking about all the guys who have gone down. I’ve never seen anything like this." – Overbay

Game #56: White Sox at Blue Jays pregame

Chicago (25-26) at Toronto (26-29)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

WHITE SOX
Jerry Owens, CF
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
Jim Thome, DH
Jermaine Dye, RF
Paul Konerko, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Joe Crede, 3B
Rob Mackowiak, LF
Juan Uribe, SS

PITCHING: LHP John Danks

BLUE JAYS
Alex Rios, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Frank Thomas, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Jason Phillips, C
Royce Clayton, SS
Adam Lind, LF

PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum

NOTES: RHP Brandon League (60-day DL with shoulder issue) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance with Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday. … Toronto has switched up its upcoming rotation. For the Tampa Bay series, the Jays will send Roy Halladay (Tues.), Tomo Ohka (Wed.) and A.J. Burnett (Thurs.) to the mound, with Dustin McGowan kicking off the Interleague series in L.A. on Friday. Toronto wanted to give Burnett an extra day of rest, considering he’s thrown 242 pitches over his past two starts. Ohka hasn’t started since May 26.

Game #55: White Sox at Blue Jays pregame

Chicago (25-25) at Toronto (25-29)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

WHITE SOX
Jerry Owens, CF
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
Jim Thome, DH
Jermaine Dye, RF
Paul Konerko, 1B
Rob Mackowiak, LF
Joe Crede, 3B
Juan Uribe, SS
Toby Hall, C

PITCHING: RHP Jose Contreras

BLUE JAYS
Howie Clark, 3B
Alex Rios, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Frank Thomas, DH
Matt Stairs, RF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
Royce Clayton, SS
Sal Fasano, C

PITCHING: RHP Dustin McGowan

Game #54: White Sox at Blue Jays pregame

Chicago (24-25) at Toronto (25-28)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

WHITE SOX
Jerry Owens, CF
Tadahito Igucki, 2B
Jim Thome, DH
Jermaine Dye, RF
Paul Konerko, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alex Cintron, 3B
Rob Mackowiak, LF
Juan Uribe, SS

PITCHING: RHP Javier Vazquez

BLUE JAYS
Alex Rios, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Frank Thomas, DH
Matt Stairs, LF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Jason Phillips, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett

NOTES: SS Royce Clayton remained on the bench with a sore left foot, but Toronto manager John Gibbons said he would likely be in the lineup again on Saturday. … A second MRI on LHP Gus Chacin’s throwing shoulder revealed nothing new this week. The southpaw could possibly resume throwing next week. … Elias Sports Bureau, whose records only go back as far as 1900, say the Jays’ 2-0 win over the Sox on Thursday marked the first time since 1900 that a team won without ever having a runner on base. Toronto had two solo homers and nothing else.

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