Game 101: Toronto at Seattle pregame
While standing outside the visitors’ clubhouse at Safeco Field this afternoon, Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen walked out of the room, stopped by us writers, suddenly looked stunner and pointed back toward the locker room.
“Did you guys know they’re thinking of trading Doc?” Rolen deadpanned.
“Where’d ya hear that?” one scribe jokingly replied.
“From Doc!” Rolen said. “He just told me. I can’t believe it.”
Meanwhile, Halladay was at his locker, putting on his Jays uniform. The good doctor is still here and he’s still scheduled to start tomorrow for Toronto. Today was the self-imposed “deadline” that general manager J.P. Ricciardi set for potentially trading Halladay, but it looks as if these talks will keep going.
Ricciardi did not return several messages. Not a big surprise there, since J.P. has been offering up no comments for the most part since Halladay’s last start. What we know? Jays and Phillies are still talking, but Philadelphia may be turning its attention to Jarrod Washburn and Cliff Lee given the Jays’ asking price for Doc.
One of the Phillies’ top officials is here in Seattle to keep an eye on Washburn’s outing tonight and for Halladay’s start on Wednesday. I’ve heard conflicting reports about whether the Jays have someone scouting Phillies shortstop prospect Jason Donald today, and depending on where you’re browsing the web, the Red Sox may or may not have made an offer.
Elsewhere in Bird Land, the Jays activated righty Scott Richmond on Tuesday and optioned reliever Drik Hayhurst to Triple-A Las Vegas. Brian Tallet will remain in the bullpen, considering he has already chalked up a career-high in innings. Adam Lind has the day off and Vernon Wells is temporarily in the No. 3 hole in the lineup.
UPDATE: Told that the Jays do have a scout in Lehigh Valley to watch the Phillies Triple-A team (Jason Donald and Michael Taylor are playing). Also, interesting that there is no representative from the Jays front office on this trip to Seattle. I’m also told that no front-office types are scheduled to travel to Oakland. Just a thought: If Toronto does decide to trade Halladay — the face of the franchise — wouldn’t that be something he’d be informed of face to face? I’d think so. So, if the general manager shows up on the West Coast, it likely means something’s up.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Lyle Overbay, 1B
7. Kevin Millar, DH
8. Jose Bautista, LF
9. Raul Chavez, C
Starter: LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-2, 2.82)
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Franklin Gutierrez, DH
3. Mike Sweeney, DH
4. Chris Shelton, 1B
5. Jack Hannahan, 3B
6. Rob Johnson, C
7. Chris Woodward, 2B
8. Michael Saunders, LF
9. Ronny Cedeno, SS
Starter: LHP Jarrod Washburn (8-6, 2.71)
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