Gaston announcement coming
TORONTO — Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston today confirmed that he expects to sit down with general manager J.P. Ricciardi this week to hammer out the details of Gaston’s contract going forward. Gaston said he believes an announcement regarding his and the coaching staff’s status going forward could come during this homestand.
“I think J.P. and I are going to talk some time this week, hopefully,” Gaston said. “We’re going to try to get together and, hopefully, it’ll happen this week. I don’t know if it’s going to be today, tomorrow or whatever. I’m pretty sure it’ll be before we go on the road anyway.”
Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Godfrey wouldn’t confirm whether or not the forthcoming announcement signaled that Ricciardi would be back as the GM in 2009. Godfrey did offer some criticism about Ricciardi’s declaration in early August that Gaston was going to be back in the manager’s seat next year.
“As I said at the beginning, everybody is going to be evaluated at the end,” Godfrey said. “J.P. is the one who announced that Cito would be coming back. That should have been done at the end of the season, but that’s something that I concur with. So I guess there’s nothing more I can say about that one.”
Some injury updates: Shaun Marcum is having an MRI on his right arm on Thursday and is unlikely to make his next start; Scott Downs (right foot) is still day to day and unlikely to pitch again, if you ask me; and Rod Barajas is still day to day with tight left hamstring and also undergoing an MRI on Thursday.
The Blue Jays also plan on picking up Barajas’ $2.5 million club option for 2009. That being the case, this could be the end of the line for catcher Gregg Zaun in Toronto. The Jays will still likely want a veteran backup to Barajas next year, so there’s always the possibility, while remote, that Zaun returns.
BALTIMORE (67-82) at TORONTO (80-71)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre
Brian Roberts, 2B
Nick Markakis, RF
Melvin Mora, 3B
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Ramon Hernandez, C
Adam Jones, CF
Oscar Salazar, DH
Lou Montanez, LF
Juan Castro, SS
PITCHING: RHP Brian Bass (3-4, 4.84)
Joe Inglett, 2B
Marco Scutaro, SS
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Adam Lind, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C
Travis Snider, DH
PITCHING: LHP David Purcey (3-6, 5.10)