TAMPA — Just got back from a pregame chat with Jays manager John Gibbons — OK, I’m lying, I JUST got back from lunch, but we did talk with Gibby about a few items this morning.
Of note is the fact that Gibbons said the Jays should have their roster set before the team heads to Philadelphia for a pair of exhibition games (March 28-29). Gibbons added that a decision on whether to keep Shannon Stewart or Reed Johnson on the roster will probably be made in the next few days.
Gibbons said that a few teams had contacted the Jays about possible trade scenarios for either Johnson or Stewart, so that’s one possibile way that the situation will be resolved. Toronto’s manager said he felt it would be best for the two players to come to a decision soon.
Gibbons also said that he heard catcher Sal Fasano’s comments about being unwilling to accept a Minor League assignment: "I heard that he said he wouldn’t go to Triple-A. I can’t blame him. I really couldn’t. I mean, there’s no playing time for him down there anyway. I’d love to see him get an opportunity somewhere else."
While the Jays are in Philly, Gibbons said pitchers A.J. Burnett and Shaun Marcum will remain in Florida to get some work in. Dustin McGowan pitched in a Minors game this morning, but there’s still no word on how he did just yet. It’s been sprinkling here, so we’ll see how much of this game is squeezed in between the rain drops.