When will it end?
TORONTO — The Barry Bonds talk that is. It ain’t happening. Bonds isn’t coming to Toronto. Everyone needs to get that clear. OK, to be fair, it wasn’t the fan base that went crazy on the Bonds issue this time. The latest comes courtesy of Torii Hunter and TSN … sigh.
From Off the Record:
“I think Barry Bonds is a big pick up for a lot of teams,” Hunter told OTR host Michael Landsberg when asked about recent rumours suggesting the home run king might fit in Toronto. “If we needed a DH, I think Barry Bonds would be a great fit. I mean, he’s one of the best hitters in the game. Why not have him?
“On the field he’s one of the best players to ever play this game, so why not? The Blue Jays should go after him.”
When asked about how Bonds might affect the Blue Jays’ clubhouse, Hunter said it was nothing to worry about.
“I think he’d be a good fit. It’s a different scene, a different clubhouse. That’s Vernon Wells’ clubhouse, you’ve got to respect that.. Trust me, he’s a great guy, I know him pretty well. I think he’s a pretty good guy in his own way. You’ve just got to get to know Barry.”
Rumored to be a fit? Is that possible? I’ve heard of rumors that teams are interested in someone or rumors that a player was heading to a certain team, but rumored to be a fit? Well, sure, I’ll start the rumor that Bonds would be a fit with a lot of teams — maybe every club in the American League.
David Eckstein (strained right hip flexor) was a little sore after his rehab appearance in Monday and sat out of games on Tuesday and will do so again today. He’ll play on Thursday and will need at least two games in a row before rejoining Toronto.
Brian Wolfe (strained right triceps) has thrown a couple sim games and is another week or two away. Jeremy Accardo (right forearm strain) hasn’t started throwing yet. John McDonald (sprained right ankle) will be heading out on a rehab stint some time within the next week.
Toronto manager John Gibbons also noted that he doesn’t plan on moving slumping center fielder Alex Rios out of the No. 3 spot of the lineup just yet. Gibbons likes Brad Wilkerson and Aaron Hill in the Nos. 1-2 slots, respectively, and is hoping Rios can swing his way out of this skid.
LOS ANGELES (27-20) at TORONTO (23-24)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre
Chone Figgins, 3B
Gary Matthews Jr., RF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Garret Anderson, LF
Torii Hunter, CF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Mike Napoli, C
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Maicer Izturis, SS
PITCHING: RHP Jon Garland
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, RF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Matt Stairs, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Shannon Stewart, LF
Gregg Zaun, C
Marco Scutaro, SS
PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum