TORONTO — Oh, those Blue Jays are such jokesters. Walked into Toronto’s clubhouse after Friday night’s game and sitting on an exercise bike in the middle of the room was a plastic skeleton dressed in Jesse Carlson’s uniform. A nice prank to pull on Carlson, who in case you hadn’t noticed, is quite thin.
With skeletal systems in mind, here’s your Saturday afternoon medical report:
VERNON WELLS: Had the brace removed from his broken left wrist on Friday and he put on his glove on Saturday and shagged fly balls during pregame BP. He’s started doing hand/forearm exercises and is due to head south to Florida for further rehab, beginning Monday.
DAVID ECKSTEIN: Went 1-for-3 with a run scored as the shortstop for Class A Dunedin on Friday night and was due for another rehab appearance on Saturday. Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said Eckstein was on target to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, if everything goes according to plan.
JOHN MCDONALD: Took BP on the field on Saturday and could be seen jogging around on his sprained right ankle. Still, Ricciardi said it’s been a slower comeback than Eckstein and there’s no timetable for Mac’s return. On Monday, he’ll also head to Florida was Minor League games to follow soon.
BRIAN WOLFE: Remember him? On the DL with a right triceps strain on April 17 and finally due to appear in a Minors game with Class A Dunedin come Sunday. Still no word on a return date.
JEREMY ACCARDO: Landed on the DL with a right forearm strain on May 10, the same day Wells broke his left wrist. Ricciardi noted that Accardo was set to resume playing catch today. Bullpen sessions and sim games are down the road.
MATT STAIRS: Still out with a stiff neck — three games now. Saw Stairs in the clubhouse today and he said, “It’s feeling better.” Skip John Gibbons wasn’t sure if Stairs was available off the bench, even if it’s a tie game in the 15th inning with the bases juiced and a righty on the mound: “Maybe,” Gibbons said.
KANSAS CITY (21-27) at TORONTO (25-25)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre
David DeJesus, LF
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
Alex Gordon, 3B
Jose Guillen, DH
Mark Teahen, RF
Billy Butler, 1B
John Buck, C
Tony Pena, SS
Joey Gathright, CF
PITCHING: RHP Luke Hochevar
Shannon Stewart, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, CF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Marco Scutaro, SS
Gregg Zaun, C
Joe Inglett, LF
PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch