TORONTO — The Blue Jays activated catcher Gregg Zaun from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and sent Curtis Thigpen back to Triple-A Syracuse. Someone asked manager John Gibbons if Thigpen was going to talk to “Voodoo” Joe Inglett about how to stay in the big leagues.
“We’ll get him on his flight as soon as possible before Joe can get ahold of somebody,” Gibbons said with a laugh.
Zaun was in the lineup as the DH, but Gibbons said having him catch is “a non-issue.” Zaun’s arm is feeling fine. Gibby was non-committal when asked about how he plans to divy out the playing time between Zaun and catcher Rod Barajas, saying, “We’ll just put the guy out there that we think can help us win that day.”
Vernon Wells was back in the lineup one day after leaving early with a sore left wrist — the same one he broke in May. Lyle Overbay was given the day off and Brad Wilkerson took over at first base. Gibbons liked Wilk vs. lefties and former Jays southpaw Ted Lilly is on the bump for the Cubbies.
CHICAGO (44-25) at TORONTO (35-35)
at 1:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre
Reed Johnson, LF
Kosuke Fukudome, RF
Derrek Lee, DH
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Jim Edmonds, CF
Geovany Soto, C
Mark DeRosa, 2B
Micah Hoffpauir, 1B
Ryan Theriot, SS
PITCHING: LHP Ted Lilly (6-5, 5.13)
Alex Rios, RF
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Kevin Mench, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Brad Wilkerson, 1B
Gregg Zaun, DH
John McDonald, SS
PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch (7-2, 3.42)
…really? Playing “Father of Mine” by Everclear during pregame? Don’t they realize that’s not exactly a heartwarming song to be playing on Father’s Day? Of course, as I type that, it’s promptly cut off. Nice.