Janssen nearly cleared to throw again

ANAHEIM — Casey Janssen and Jeremy Accardo have a double date with Dr. Lewis Yocum here tonight. Janssen’s hoping to get the go-ahead to begin throwing for the first time since season-ending surgery on his right shoulder in March. Accardo wants some peace of mind about his right forearm strain so he can breathe easier in bullpen sessions.

Janssen said today that he doesn’t see why he wouldn’t be cleared, considering how well his workouts have been going. Talked to pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, who caught Accardo in a long-toss session on Friday and said he doesn’t think Accardo will need Tommy John surgery — the worst-case scenario.

In a perfect world, which this is not, Janssen will be cleared and on pace to fight for a job with the Jays next spring. Accardo will be told there’s no ligament damage in his arm and he’ll continue his program with the goal of getting back in the bullpen within the next few weeks. We’ll know more later…

As for the ol’ lineup, Jays skip Cito Gaston did some tweaking today, moving Mighty Joe Inglett into the leadoff spot and giving Brad Wilkerson the nod in left (Adam Lind is the DH). If the new top of the lineup produces some tonight, Gaston said maybe he’ll stick with Inglett in the No. 1 hole for a while.

Today’s lineups:

TORONTO (41-46) at LOS ANGELES (52-34)
at 9:05 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium

BLUE JAYS
Joe Inglett, 2B
Marco Scutaro, SS
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Brad Wilkerson, LF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Gregg Zaun, C
Adam Lind, DH

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay (9-6, 2.90)

ANGELS
Chone Figgins, 3B
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Maicer Izturis, SS
Vladimir Guerrero, RF
Torii Hunter, CF
Garret Anderson, DH
Gary Matthews Jr., LF
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Mike Napoli, C

PITCHING: RHP John Lackey (6-1, 1.44)

10 Comments

The Doc looks hot tonight maybe we can get lucky and win one tonight.

One thing for sure Cito and crew will not turn this team around this season but with luck maybe next year we can win 88 or 89 games and at least look like like we care they dont have to win the world series to make me happy just stay close.

Mighty Joe just never quits how lucky are we to have him also Lind.

Well Gsumner where are the sceptics now I mean the ones that told you Lind could not hit I guess they are hiding under their beds lol.

By the way where are Bosoxbrian and Indigo did they enlope LOL.

Garry
Last year Lind had a swing problem on high outer half pitches, in which he’d try to pull them from an open stance and hit soft ground balls or very weak flys to left field. He fixed that problem early in AAA this year by maintaining a closed stance and going with the pitch-which is the way he hit when he first came up in 2006 and hit .367.
The guy that fixed the problem was his old batting coach that he had in school. Early in the season Syracuse did an inteview with that coach, which I read, who explained the change. When Lind started in Syracuse, he confirmed that the fix worked when he hit .350+ and lead AAA in BA and RISP. That’s why I was so pro Lind. I didn’t expect he could hit .350+ here, but felt he could hit .300+ and more importantly drive in runs. None of the naysayers knew or cared about the swing fix. What I never understood is why he was sent back down, and we played has beens like Stewart, Mench and Wilkerson. I think Gibbons didn’t like Lind, or there was a problem; something was definately wrong, because the Jays management KNEW how well he was doing in AAA. We were struggling and they didn’t bring him back up. The real interesting thing, to me, was the moment Cito became manager, up came Lind.

Lind is the real deal, and will be one of our best clutch hitters for years. Once he really settles in, I’d expect he’ll hit 20-30 HR’s per year, hit .300+ and drive in 100+ if he’s put higher up in the order.

I belive Cito will keep him down in the order until Sept or next year to give him a chance to gain confidencein himself at this level[Rios].

How about Rios tonight three stolen bases not to shaby.

Rios had a good game, maybe he’s starting to finally heat up. Nice outing from Halliday.

Yes Doc pitched a good game,BJ had me on the edge of my chair I hate it when they bring in the closer when he’s not pitchen for a save they don’t pitch the same.

Any news on what Burnett is being traded for or any offers we might have recieved? There has gotta be some team interested in him?

I doubt Boston will trade Lowrie, they have a good enough rotation and they will need him at SS once lugo is gone.

Just read news that Bedard is rumored to be on the Trading Market?

who would take him?
I would and it woudl be so much better if he was still with Baltimore then would could give up burnett and eck for Bedard…oh well

what do you think its gonna take to get Bedard from the Mariners? I am sure they wouldn’t want Burnett.

Harry Bedard will go for a high price lets give them Jessi the creep Esk and two prospects and JP. They want to cut the payroll so thet leaves burnett out,Myself I would try to trade him to Boston for Lowery,They might make that trade because every team thinks they have the anwser to Burnett.

No Boston has Clay Buckholz, Taylor Buckholz, Matsuzaka, Beckett, Justin Masterson, Tim Wakefeild (is Curth Schilling thinking of coming back?)…basically Boston has alot of young guys and the others are better than Burnett…

well if boston don’t do the deal, Id try to trade him to Milwaukee for Gamel and Escobar who both play for their AA team, but solve our problem at ss and 3rd.

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