Game 76: Philadelphia at Toronto pregame
Funny story. So, you know how the Blue Jays announced that Rod Barajas was going to be placed on the disabled list last night? Yeah, well, see, it turns out that Rod felt much better this morning, so Toronto went ahead and pulled the plug on that move.
So all that stuff about Kyle Phillips being called up from Triple-A and Shaun Marcum being moved to the 60-day DL to clear room on the roster? Yeah, just kidding. That’s all voided. The Jays never filed the paperwork with the league, so the roster remains as is.
Raul Chavez will serve as the starter behind the plate for now and Barajas is available, if needed. If the strained right hammy continues to act up, the Jays will then place him on the DL. For now, he’s day-to-day and the club is in a wait-and-see mode.
Phillips did catch a flight from Las Vegas and I’m guessing the team will have him hang out in Toronto for a few days while the club sees how Barajas recovers. Hopefully Phillips can at least get some air miles out of all of this.
In other news, Johnny Mac is in the lineup! Starting at third base in order to give Scott Rolen a day off. It’s McDonald’s first start at third since April 20 of last season, when Rolen was on the DL.
FROM THE WOW DEPT: In the first inning on Saturday afternoon, Jayson Werth sent a 2-2 offering from rookie lefty Brad Mills to the first row of the 500 level seats high above left field. That’s the first 500-level bomb I’ve seen since covering this team. The last came on Sept. 16, 2004, when Vernon Wells sent one up there.
1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Jayson Werth, RF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. John Mayberry, LF
6. Pedro Feliz, 3B
7. Chris Coste, DH
8. Eric Bruntlett, SS
9. Carlos Ruiz, C
Starter: LHP J.A. Happ (4-0, 3.47)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Kevin Millar, 1B
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Jose Bautista, LF
8. Raul Chavez, C
9. John McDonald, 3B
Starter: LHP Brad Mills (0-1, 9.82)
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