Bastian's back, Stewart released
DETROIT — Back from my weekend college reunion-type deal and man I’m rusty. The game has started and I haven’t posted the blog yet. Sorry all. Mrs. Bastian and I had a lovely time, but I guess it’s time to get back to work.
Good news for Shannon Stewart: He was activated from the disabled list today. Bad news for Stewart: He was promptly released. Basically, no room in the inn. Kinda funny how the Jays cleared room on their roster for Stewart to add more offense and it got to a point where now they don’t have room for him.
Talk about a rough year for Stew. He had a multi-year deal on the table from the Jays and his agent turned it down. He switches agents and is still without a job by Spring Training. He beats out Reed Johnson for the job and then suffers in a part-time role. Johnson thrives with the Cubs, Stew busts his ankle in June and is unemployed again.
It’s also been a rough year for Aaron Hill, who is once again back in Florida, according to Jays skipper Cito Gaston, who came thiiiiiis close to admitting that Hill is done for the year: “He’s pretty much done.” Gaston was asked for clarification and continued:
“He’ll see us down there when we go down to play the Rays. He told me he might come back up for another week when we’re back home, maybe the last homestand. It doesn’t look good. It looks like he might have to shut it down for the year — we’re not sure.
“I’m not saying he’s done for the year, but I’m pretty sure. I’m not sure, but I’d almost imagine that he is. We haven’t made that announcement yet. If I had to bet, I would think he’s probably done.”
The Jays keep dancing around this. Hill hasn’t played since May 29 due to post-concussion syndrome and he’s only taken part in light activities since. It’s getting to the point where there’s little time to get him back in playing shape if he would be coming back. I think we all assume the official word is going to come that Hill is being shut down, the only question is when. Gaston almost said it today, before quickly covering himself.
In other news, Jeremy Accardo and Brian Tallet will be with Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday to continue their respective Minor League rehab stints. Toronto wants Accardo to be able to comfortably pitch in consecutive games before he can come back. Tallet isn’t too far off.
TORONTO (59-59) at DETROIT (58-59)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Comerica Park
Joe Inglett, 2B
Marco Scutaro, 3B
Alex Rios, CF
Vernon Wells, CF
Matt Stairs, DH
Rod Barajas, C
Adam Lind, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
John McDonald, SS
PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum (6-5, 3.44)
Curtis Granderson, CF
Placio Polanco, 2B
Carlos Guillen, 3B
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Matt Joyce, LF
Gary Sheffield, DH
Edgar Renteria, SS
Brandon Inge, C
PITCHING: RHP Justin Verlander (8-12, 4.56)