Go figure that on the day the Blue Jays place three pitchers on the disabled list, head trainer George Poulis is named to the American League All-Star team’s staff. Asked if he received the honor because he was the busiest trainer in baseball, Poulis laughed.
“I don’t know if that’s a requirement,” he said. “But, if it is, I’m your guy.”
News spread early on Wednesday that right-hander Casey Janssen was going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Later, not surprisingly, it was announaced that Doc Halladay (strained right groin) and closer Scott Downs (sprained left big toe) would join Janssen on the DL on Thursday.
Brad Mills will take Janssen’s turn in the rotation on Thursday, but no replacements have been named for Halladay or Downs. Since they aren’t being placed on the DL officially until Thursday, Toronto is going to wait to announce the subsequent moves. Brett Cecil seems likely to be promoted and Jason Frasor will step in as the closer for now.
Halladay’s DL stay is retroactive to Saturday and he is eligible to come off on June 28, when the Jays are at home against the Phillies. Halladay was asked if he expected to be ready by then and he said “Absolutely.” Quickly adding that he was going to play it smart and return when he was completely 100 percent.
Doc threw in a bullpen session here today and threw about 20 pitches before calling it quits. He said he still felt some tightness, more when he was on the mound than when he was doing long toss in the outfield. Under the circumstances, Halladay felt it was better to be cautious and take time to recover.
So, if you’re keeping score at home, all of Toronto’s five starters from last season are now out of the Jays’ rotation: Halladay, Jesse Litsch (right elbow), Dustin McGowan (right shoulder), Shaun Marcum (right elbow) and A.J. Burnett (Yankees). Mills will be the 11th different starter used and fifth different rookie this season. And it’s only June. Yikes.
More on all of this later on bluejays.com.
Manager Cito Gaston was asked again today about last night’s debacle here against the Phils. Without mentioning Rios by name, Gaston did express some disgust over how the Jays ran the bases in the ugly 8-3 win. Rios didn’t tag up on a play in the ninth inning, costing the Jays a crucial run at the time.
“I just didn’t like the way we ran the bases,” Gaston said. “I really can understand guys not getting hits with guys in scoring position, because in this sport, seven out of 10 times you can be wrong or you don’t get the job done. But running the bases is pretty easy and we didn’t run the bases properly last night and it almost cost us the ballgame.
“It’s something we addressed. [Bench coach Brian] Butterfield and [third base coach] Nick Leyva talked to those guys and we’ll make sure we try to get it right next time.”
UPDATE: Jays will be calling up Jeremy Accardo from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Downs.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Scott Richmond, P
Starter: RHP Richmond (4-3, 3.90)
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Raul Ibanez, LF
6. Jayson Werth, RF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Chris Coste, C
9. Jami Moyer, P
Starter: LHP Moyer (4-5, 6.11)
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