One More Sleep

DUNEDIN, Fla. – I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow morning, heading back to Toronto for a day before scooting over to New York for the season opener. Until that moment arrives, I’m here in Florida gathering up some Spring Training bits for one final day.

This morning, manager John Gibbons let us know that Matt Stairs (hasn’t had an at-bat since March 20th) is nursing a sore hips. He was over at a Minors game today to get some at-bats. Having him play there is a precautionary way for the Jays to guard against possibly having to DL Stairs.

If Stairs opens on the DL, the Jays could backdate his stint to his last game appearance. Gibbons was quick to point out that there had been exactly zero discussion about putting Stairs on the DL. And judging by his recent BP showings, I think it’s doubtful he’s going to the DL, too.

Gibby also noted that he’s going to use the left-field platoon guys (Stairs/Stewart) in the second spot of the batting order. B.J. Ryan threw a bullpen session today and Scott Rolen was back in camp. We’re still waiting to talk to Rolen, who will likely give us the finger at some point during the interview.

More spring recap later. For now…

Today’s lineups:

HOUSTON (12-16-1) at TORONTO (10-16)
at 1:05 p.m. ET at Knology Park

ASTROS
Michael Bourn, CF
Hunter Pence, RF
Darin Erstad, 1B
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Jose Cruz Jr., LF
Mark Loretta, DH
David Newhan, 2B
Tomas Perez, SS
Humberto Quintero, C

PITCHING: Brandon Backe

BLUE JAYS
David Eckstein, SS
Shannon Stewart, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Marco Scutaro, 3B
Rod Barajas, C

PITCHING: Dustin McGowan

Farewell, Knology Park. It’s been real.

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