Bo don't know
DETROIT — The Blue Jays could run into a dicey situation if a save situation presents itself here in Motown tonight. Toronto is still sticking to the whole “B.J. Ryan won’t pitch in three consecutive games” deal, meaning the big lefty isn’t available.
Ryan shrugged and walked away when we tried to ask if he knew if that ban might be lifted before the end of the year.
“You’re talking to the wrong people, boss,” Ryan said. “They haven’t told me anything, either.”
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said that for “right now” there will be no using Ryan in three straight games. The club has been extra cautious with the closer’s schedule, considering he’s roughly 16 months removed from that Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
Gaston noted that Ryan threw some in the bullpen to stay sharp on Sunday, before appearing in games on Monday and Tuesday. So, unofficially, Ryan has thrown three days in a row. As for tonight, Gaston said he could use Jason Frasor, Jesse Carlson, Shawn Camp, or even Scott Downs, even though he’s pitched in the past two games.
“Downs could probably go again,” Gaston said. “And, pretty much, we’ve got Jesse out there. We might have to go back with, I don’t know, Frasor or Camp. I don’t want to use Ryan tonight, for sure. So, Downs is the only guy I’ve got out there, really.”
One guy not out there, in the field that is, is Vernon Wells. He’s back in the lineup as the DH. Wells, who is fresh off the disabled list after hurting his left hamstring, said he’ll probably DH on days that Toronto is facing a left-hander starter. Makes sense, since Matt Stairs rides the pine against southpaws.
TORONTO (61-59) at DETROIT (58-61)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Comerica Park
Marco Scutaro, 3B
David Eckstein, 2B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, DH
Rod Barajas, C
Adam Lind, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Kevin Mench, RF
John McDonald, SS
PITCHING: LHP David Purcey (1-3, 7.40)
Curtis Granderson, CF
Placio Polanco, 2B
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Gary Sheffield, DH
Ryan Raburn, LF
Edgar Renteria, SS
Brandon Inge, C
Ramon Santiago, 3B
PITCHING: LHP Kenny Rogers (8-9, 4.92)