Rays @ Jays pregame

Did our rounds in the clubhouse this mornign, checking in with a few players and their respective injuries.

Brian Wolfe isn’t sure when he’s going to begin throwing again after hurting his right shoulder. Manager Cito Gaston guesstimated about a week. Wolfe said all he knows is he’s waiting for the swelling to go down and the pain to subside before playing catch again. No kidding. As for learning that he had no structural damage: “Those were good words to hear.”

Dustin McGowan did not play catch today and he doesn’t know when he’s going to begin throwing again either. Jays are slowing his throwing program down. Vernon Wells thought he might DH in a Minors game today, but that didn’t come to pass. Jays are also taking it really slow with his left hammy injury.

Jesse Litsch, Scott Richmond and Ricky Romero all threw in a Minors game today. Didn’t get a chance to really chat with Litsch or Romero, but Richmond said it definitely felt good too get back out on a mound after being idle for so long — with Canada being bounced from the WBC and all. He logged 32 pitches in two innings.

Hey, and Howie Clark is back in camp. He signed a Minor League deal with the club in January and was available off the bench today.

Don’t forget, you can follow my in-game updates at www.twitter.com/mlbastian … I’ll be honest, though. I’m not feeling all that great today and I’m not sure how much twittering I’ll be doing.

Today’s lineup:

RAYS
Elliot Johnson, CF
Justin Ruggiano, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Morgan Ensberg, DH
Chris Richard, 1B
Shawn Riggans, C
Reid Brignac, 2B
Ray Olmedo, SS
Adam Kennedy, 3B

Carlos Hernandez, P

BLUE JAYS
Joe Inglett, LF
Brad Emaus, 2B
Adam Lind, DH
Kevin Millar, 1B
Scott Rolen, 3B
Jason Lane, CF
Travis Snider, RF
John McDonald, SS
Michael Barrett, C

Brett Cecil, P
David Purcey, P

~JB

2 Comments

Nice to see the Jays beat the Rays, even if it’s only spring training. Let’s hope we can do it in the regular season too, the Rays always seem to give us a hard time.
I’m glad Lind is getting some time in the three hole, but he doesn’t seem to be doing much there, .217 going into todays game I believe. Perhaps we’ll see more of him there if Wells is out during the season.

Nice game by Brad Emaus. His strong performance last year in Dunedin A+ probably already earned him a promotion to AA.
His showing to date in spring training (.286/.375/.619) with 1 hr and 5 rbi’s in 21 ab’s suggests this kid is one to watch in AA this year.
Emaus was selected as the best defensive 2nd baseman in the FSL this last year and his offensive breakout, (if he continues this year in AA) will likely put him ahead of Scott Campbell as out best middle infield prospect.

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