Game 45: Toronto at Atlanta pregame
We have movement — lots of it. You already heard about Travis Snider being optioned to Triple-A last night. Well, this afternoon, the Blue Jays announced that Robert Ray and Brett Cecil would be on the flight with him. Up from the Minors are utility man Joe Inglett and pitcher Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero.
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said the decision to call up Janssen and Romero now had more to do with them being ready to rejoin the club, rather than it being a reflection on anything Cecil and Ray did wrong. Cecil and Ray each had a rough outing after some strong ones, but the club feels they need more Minor League innings.
As for Inglett, he’ll see time in the outfield and he can pitch in around the infield as a backup. He probably won’t play much in this series, but the situation could change when the Jays return to the American League format. Gaston said Inglett and Lind could see time in left against righties, and Jose Bautista against lefties.
One thing Snider said took getting used to was not playing every day. The rookie said he has to learn how to carry his routine over after being out of the lineup for a few days. Asked on Friday if the way Snider was used might have played into the slump, Gaston had this remark:
“If you sit for a week at a time, I could see that,” Gaston said. “I hear these guys talking about, ‘Well, I haven’t played in two days.’ I don’t buy that one. They can take that and shove it. That’s crap.”
I also spent some time chatting with Dustin McGowan today about his seemingly neverending rehab from his right shoulder surgery. He said he is going to be throwing from 120 feet tomorrow for the first time and he expects to be back on a mound some time next month. Asked if he felt he would be back before the end of the year, despite everything that’s been said and written, McGowan said: “I think so. Well, I guess I should say I HOPE so.” After all, ultimately, it won’t be McGowan’s decision.
Gaston added that right-hander Jesse Litsch threw off a mound for the first time today down at the Jays’ complex in Florida. The Jays have said that Litsch could be back some time next month, though the team is in no hurry to bring him back right now. They want to make sure he is indeed fully recovered from his right forearm/elbow issue.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No voodoo this time.” — Pitcher Brian Tallet to Inglett. Last year, it seemed like every time Inglett was sent down, someone got injured and he was called right back up. That led former manager John Gibbons to dub him Voodoo Joe. “That’s right, he’s back,” Inglett said with a grin.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Roy Halladay, P
1. Yunel Escobar, SS
2. Casey Kotchman, 1B
3. Garret Anderson, LF
4. Brian McCann, C
5. Kelly Johnson, 2B
6. Martin Prado, 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
8. Jordan Schafer, CF
9. Kenshin Kawakami, P