Rolen arrives, Stewart next?
Well, that offer may or may not still be on the table. Stewart was offered a contract over the winter, when he was a client of Greg Genske. Since then, an unemployed Stewart — seeking a two-year deal — has switched to Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro.
When reached by phone, Shapiro declined to talk about any negotiations. Toronto isn’t likely to offer two years, with Adam Lind waiting in the wings and Travis Snider rising fast. So, while adding Stewart may or may not be out of the question, it seems an unlikely scenario.
As for other goings on today at Jays camp, well, there wasn’t much. Evidence was the paparazzi-like treatment Scott Rolen received upon his arrival. A swarm of photographers nearly tripped over themselves trying to get the perfect shot of Rolen as he made his way around the complex.
After a lengthy "BS" photo shoot (Rolen’s words, as in "before swings"), he dropped his stuff off at his new locker, picked up a bat and immediately headed to the cage. Rolen spent time working with hitting coach Gary Denbo and then entertained reporters with a brief pow wow.
Rolen said he’ll be back in camp on Thursday for Toronto’s first full-squad workout. DH Frank Thomas (working out at Knology Park), catcher Robinzon Diaz (visa issues) and Roy Halladay (away to attend a funeral) should be in camp Thursday as well. Marco Scutaro, David Eckstein and Matt Stairs need to report, but not necessarily attend camp, on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, manager John Gibbons said some of the lower profile pitchers will throw live BP to some minor league hitters. Halladay and some of Toronto’s big-league arms will follow suit on Thursday. Gibbons noted, however, that A.J. Burnett might not throw on either day, so that the team can "build him up more."
Closer B.J. Ryan threw again today in another pain-free bullpen session. He also won’t be throwing on Wednesday or Thursday. He’s on a slower program that will likely call for an eventual sim game and Minor League appearance before he takes the mound in a Jays spring game.
OK, I’m heading out to grab some grub. Feel free to browse the photo album for a few new shots I took today. Gibbons grabbed a glove and did some fielding today.