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.

Today’s lineups:

TORONTO (59-59) at DETROIT (58-59)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Comerica Park

BLUE JAYS
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)

TIGERS
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)

7 Comments

Jordan, Since Stewart was signed to a minor league contract, does that mean if we had kept him on the MBL roster and let him go at the end of year, and he signed with someone else, we’d have gotten a sandwich pick?

Does anyone know Stewart’s fromer agent. All Jays fans owe him a big thank you for telling Stewart not to take it, seeing that JP had offered Stewart a multi year deal.

Gsumner,

What is worse? Offering Stewart a multi year deal or turning that deal down? LOL!!!

Bosox
I was never in favor of signing Shannon, and letting Johnson go. Johnson was the spark plug that made this team go or at least one of them. Making Stewart the offer is obviously worse for us and turning it down was bad for Stewart. Can you imagine if we’d signed him to a 3 year deal?
I hope a combination of this deal and the Thomas signing has the appropriate impact and JP starts to realize in this post steroids era, these old guys just don’t quite cut it anymore like they used to.
We’ve had our share of Thomas’s ,Wlkersons, Stewarts, Benitos’, Okha’s, Clayton’s, Zambrano’s, etc. etc. Give me prospects any day.

I’m not suggesting that either Thomas or Stewart took anything, but there must be some reason so many of these older players seem to be loosing it all of a sudden.

gsummer – your “old guys and steroids” comment kind of makes me think of the Twins. Always a surprise with the young talent. Always contending. I’m with you – give me the kids. Speaking of which – Brett Cecil has had some good moments at AAA. Still a year away maybe.

Gsumner,

Thomas has been battling injuries for quite some time now. He had that solid season with Oakland back in 2006. He was motivated to show the White Sox and especially Kenny Williams he can still play. J.P. signed him and has been downhill ever since for Thomas. He should walk away from the game, his best season’s are wayyyyyyy behind him.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Tampa Bay hang in there with both Crawford and Longoria on the DL. That’s two very important bats out of the lineup.

Gsumner,

I think T.B. will miss them in the field more. Upton and Pena need to step it up!!! Longoria has been stellar in the field and Crawford covers so much ground in left.

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