TORONTO — No, nothing happened to me. I heard there was some concern about my whereabouts over on Wilner’s blog. Fear not. I’m perfectly fine. I merely took a few days off to celebrate the ol’ anniversary with The Wife.
But, I’m back in Blue Jays land and apparently they played on without me. And they made a bunch of moves, too, huh. Only real updates today were that catcher Gregg Zaun is due back Wednesday as planned and there is no news concerning Shannon Stewart’s MRI, though GM J.P. Ricciardi did say Stew could be out a while. Doesn’t sound good.
Ricciardi was also asked what he thought of this year’s Blue Jays Draft class.
“It’s hard to tell. I’ll let you know in a couple years,” he replied with a smile.
As noted on draft day, David Cooper — Toronto’s first overall pick — is likely ticketed for Class A Auburn for starters. Considering he’s an advanced hitter, the Jays are hoping he doesn’t have to reside in the New York-Penn League for too long. In fact, if Coop plays well, he may skip by Lansing and head straight to high A Dunedin before the year’s up.
“He’d probably start in the Penn League, like we do with most of the guys,” Ricciardi said. “Then, if he progresses for maybe about a month, if he does well, we’d move him up to Dunedin. But he’s an advanced bat, so hopefully he’ll be able to get up there.”
See, I basically just paraphrased that quote. Also, in regards to catcher J.P. Arencibia — one of last year’s first-rounders — he won’t be in Dunedin much longer. All he’s done is hit .307 with 11 homers, 22 doubles, 56 RBIs and an .882 OPS in 55 games for the Class A Blue Jays.
“He’s getting close,” Ricciardi said, when asked if Arencibia was due for a promotion. “He’s got to go. There’s not much more he can do down there.”
SEATTLE (22-41) at TORONTO (33-32)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre
Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Jose Vidro, DH
Raul Ibanez, LF
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Jose Lopez, 2B
Jeremy Reed, RF
Richie Sexson, 1B
Kenji Johjima, C
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
PITCHING: LHP Jarrod Washburn (2-7, 6.56)
Alex Rios, RF
Matt Stairs, DH
Scott Rolen, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Rod Barajas, C
Kevin Mench, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Marco Scutaro, 2B
David Eckstein, SS
PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch (7-2, 3.45)