Mighty Joe out, Rolen in

TORONTO — Mighty Joe Inglett was still out of the starting lineup on Tuesday due to a wonky left knee, but he’s considered day-to-day. I’d be willing to bet that, with rookie lefty Gio Gonzalez due to start on Wednesday for the A’s, Inglett gets another day to rest.

Inglett shouldn’t be out long, basically, but Aaron Hill? That continues to be a different story. Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said today that the club is getting closer to the point of potentially coming out and saying Hill is done for the year. He’d probably need a two-week Minor League rehab at this point, and Toronto is running out of time.

One interesting item that came out of the discussion with Ricciardi was in looking ahead to next season. Inglett will be around. Hill will be around. Ricciardi didn’t dismiss the notion that the Jays might discuss moving Hill back to shortstop for 2009: “I dont know. That might be something we have to look at, but that’s a long way off.”

Also, Scott Rolen was back in the starting lineup for the Jays after resting his ailing left shoulder for the past two games. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said that, when he took over as manager in June, he could almost immediately tell that something wasn’t quite right with Rolen’s shoulder.

“Since I’ve been here, I could tell that there was something going on with him,” Gaston said. “Once in a while, the left hand comes off the bat and he’s holding on to it with the right hand. Usually, a right-hander, unless you’re hurting, the right hand comes off a lot. The left hand doesn’t come off. I’ve been seeing that since I’ve been here. So, it’s not like it’s something that just showed up lately.”

Today’s lineups:

OAKLAND (53-58) at TORONTO (56-56)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Ryan Sweeney, RF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Jack Cust, LF
Frank Thomas, DH
Carlos Gonzalez, CF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Bobby Crosby, SS
Daric Barton, 1B

PITCHING: LHP Greg Smith (5-10, 4.04)

Marco Scutaro, 2B
David Eckstein, DH
Alex Rios, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Rod Barajas, C
Adam Lind, LF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Kevin Mench, RF
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Scott Richmond (0-1, 5.06)



What do you think of the Brett Favre soap opera?

How’s life in Boston without Manny and what did you think of the trade?

great to see another come back. After looking like it was impossible for them at the start of the year, I think they now have 3 walk offs in the last month. I hope that Rolen’s problem isn’t something that carries into next year because for a while he was definitaly showing signs of what he can do when he was fresh off the disabled list. I wish too that the Jays were more open about these things because I hate watching a guy like Rolen struggle so much and not know if it’s actually him declining or an injury (see Wells too last year). Good night everybody.

good question sumner, i’d like to know what he thinks myself.


Ramirez is a great player and he’ll probably put the Dodgers in the playoffs. He became a malcontent towards the final weeks with the Red Sox. He seemed like he was worried about his contract. Without Ramirez Boston wouldn’t have won 2 titles. I say thank you Ramirez but good luck. Bay is an all star and he seems to fit in just fine. Boston needs to win on the road and soon. Start winning series on the road. Hope all is well!!!

BOSOX: Whodathunk we’d see the day Manny could be Manny on Joe Torre’s watch? … As for the Favre ordeal, it just needs to end already. I’m as sick of hearing about it as the next guy. BUT, I’d take him on the Bears in a heartbeat.

Bay is a nice player-but I don’t think anyone can replace Manny. Manny’s a for sure hall of famer. He killed us each time we played Boston and loved hitting hore runs in the Rogers centre. He’s probably hit more home runs here than any other visiting player.
I am happy to see him go from a competitive position.I for one thought a lot of his antics brought color to what sometimes is a boring game. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the time he went through the back door in Fenway to relieve himselfandcame back outwith that sheepish grin.
I’m sure the fans in Boston will miss him.


The beauty of sports, you can never tell what will happen. Imagine saying to someone 3 years ago. Torre will manage Ramirez in L.A. Who would have believed it? Boras played a big role behind the scenes. Boras is bad for baseball. Great for players.
Favre would put the Bears in the playoffs. No Favre, no playoffs for the Bears and Packers. Vikings will take the Central. 10 wins and the Central is yours.


Bay will never replace Ramirez. He is there to stretch the lineup, not too replace Ramirez. So far he has done quite well. He is an All Star. Happy too see him in Boston, he wants to play everyday unlike Ramirez. Ramirez will tear it up in L.A. He’ll end up in N.Y. 2009 and beyond—- Yankees? Mets? I would prefer too see him with the Yankees.

Joba is going to visit Dr. James Andrews. Isn’t that the guy notorious for Tommy John surgery ?

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