Game 91: Boston at Toronto pregame
While discussing innings limits for a few of his pitchers, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston was asked if Brian Tallet’s innings would need to be monitored similarly — seeing as he was moved from the bullpen to the rotation earlier this year.
“Since you asked that, we’re going to move Tallet back into the bullpen,” Gaston replied.
Part of the reason is, yes, the Jays need to watch his work load, considering he’s been a reliever throughout his career and he’s almost thrown more innings this season than in the last two combined already. The other reason is Toronto has so many off-days coming up that the club doesn’t require a fifth starter until July 25 — a start tentatively planned for Tallet.
So, on Saturday, the Blue Jays will send rookie lefty Marc Rzepczynski to the mound to face the Red Sox. Initially, it was thought that Scott Richmond (sore right shoulder) would be activated from the DL and inserted back into the rotation after the All-Star break. Gaston said today that Richmond will likely be sidelined until the Oakland series at the end of the month.
With so many off-days, there’s really no rush to bring Richmond back, especially if Rzepczynski can continue to hold his own. After this three-game set with Boston, Toronto has off-days on Monday and July 30, as well as five off-days in August (on the 3rd, 6th, 13th, 17th and 27th). Enjoy the rest, Jays, because in September? One day off on the 17th.
Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells was out of the starting lineup on Friday night due to a stomach virus, according to Gaston. Toronto’s manager didn’t expect Wells to miss too much time.
And, no, ace Roy Halladay has not been traded yet. But he was on the field giving a pitching clinic to two young boys from the local Rookie League.
On June 26, the Jays Care Foundation hosted a charity auction and one was for a private pitching lessons with Doc. A bidding war ensued and Brandy Halladay, Doc’s wife, allowed the top two bidders to take part in the lesson. The second winner, with no kids of his own, donated the spots to Jays Care.
The foundation awared the spots to 10-year-old Faris Adamou and 12-year-old Joseph Bryan, who play in the Rookie League — a baseball program for kids within Toronto Community Housing. They began by playing catch with Halladay in the outfield and then moved by the mound, where Doc gave them personal tips.
1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Rocco Baldelli, CF
9. Nick Green, SS
Starter: RHP Clay Buchholz (Season debut)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Alex Rios, CF
7. Jose Bautista, RF
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. David Dellucci, LF
Starter: LHP Ricky Romero (7-3, 3.00)
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