Internet is going wonky on us here, so I’m going to be brief while I have a connection here. Just a few bits from today’s pregame. Obviously, the biggest news of the day is that B.J. Ryan has decided to skip the World Baseball Classic.
Ryan is saying that he’s out of whack mechanically and he wants to stay in camp with pitching coach Brad Arnsberg and crew to sort through the issues. He doesn’t want to be working on his delivery while pitching for his country.
Everyone is saying this is entirely Ryan’s call, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Jays leaned on him a bit to get him to stick around with the team. For what it’s worth, though, no one is saying that’s the case.
The Jays had a “B” game today at noon and David Purcey logged two innings for the Jays. He allowed one hit, gave up two runs (one earned), and finished with four strikeouts and two walks. Purcey is in line to be the No. 3 starter.
Mike Maroth — still fighting that left knee injury — is on deck to start for the Jays tomorrow against Team Canada. For a nice little twist, Scott Richmond is down to start for Canada against the Jays.
Today’s Blue Jays lineup:
Joe Inglett, RF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
Kevin Millar, 1B
Jason Lane, CF
Brad Emaus, 3B
Brian Dopriak, DH
John McDonald, SS
Raul Chavez, C
Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil are down to pitch three innings each
POSTGAME UPDATE: Tough outing for Mr. Romero today. Six walks to the 10 batters he faced and he only lasted 1 1/3 innings. He didn’t give up a hit, but he wasn’t coming close to the strike zone either. Overall, Romero threw 56 pitches and just 27 for strikes. … Cecil came in for Romero with one out in the second and looked sharp, with his typically strong slider. He turned in 2 2/3 innings, allowing no runs with three strikeouts, one walk and one hit. … Ryan Howard CRUSHED a pitch from Jeremy Accardo to DEEP center field. I emphasize these words because the ball bounced off the light tower in straightaway center. Just absolutely killed. … Accardo was roughed up in his second inning of work. Overall, he allowed seven runs on seven hits in two innings. Ugly. … Jays lost the “B” game, 2-1. … Some “B” game lines for you: Jason Frasor, 1 IP, BB; Brian Tallet, 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K; Brandon League, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 K. … I hate to rag on Russ Adams, because he’s one of the good guys in the organization. But that unearned run Purcey allowed today? Came from a tailormade double play grounder that Adams apparently botched with a throwing error (info courtesy of Mike Wilner, who made the trek to watch the game). … Lind, Millar and Emaus all homered today. Lind’s was a crush job to right-center. … That’s it for me today. Remember, you can follow live in-game updates from me all spring on twitter. Find me under @MLBastian.