Minor matters

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.”

Today’s lineups:

SEATTLE (22-41) at TORONTO (33-32)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

MARINERS
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)

BLUE JAYS
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)

4 Comments

THANKS FOR THE UPDATES JORDAN….

where is everybody? I am serious? What do you guys think of the draft….

I think the jays made a wise decision with Copper, he can easily turn into a DH for us in the future (currently the spot is occupied by noone for the future) and I heard his bat is AWESOME…i believe he hit .359 with 56 rbis in 55 games (similar to what arencibia is doing)

Oh and do you think arencibia might be ready for next year because his numbers look awesome and he was supposed to be this good, People didn’t like picking him 2nd overall last year and he didn’t do so good but he has certainly picked it up and after snider, cecil, might turn out to be the top prospect and the most needed prospect…remember we are going to have no catchers next year.

Whats going on with Ahrens? Currently I am pretty disappointed with him espeically being the 1st pick in the 1st round.

ANYWAYS GUYS COMMENT…START SOME TOPICS…WILNERS BLOG IS GETTING TONS OF COMMENTS so if you need topics (steal em off of there and then start a discussion here)

The draft was great, however its too bad that the Brewers took Brett Lawrie right before our pick. It would have been nice to get a young Canadian with that much potential in the system.

I was please with the draft overall, however it was too bad that the Brewers picked Brett Lawrie right before we had our pick. It would have been nice to get a young Canadian prospect with that much potential in the system.

Jordan,
I was the one that asked Mike about you. Usually when you go away for a few days you let us know through the blog. No big deal though, I was just mostly hoping you weren’t under the weather or anything.

I don’t know enough about any of the draft choices to say anything, so I wont. I don’t get where all the regulars have gone…G-sumner, Garry and even Rshobi haven’t commented in a while.

As for the Jays, last night was as demoralizing as any loss this season and there have been some head scratchers. When this team’s going well they can compete with the best of them. Tonight it’s Carlos Silva and the way he’s been pitching lately he should get rocked. With this team though you never know.

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