The Blue Jays headed for cover today on a very rainy and cold (relatively speaking, of course) day at the club’s complex in Florida. The soaked fields were vacated and the pitchers and hitters took to the indoor cages for the day’s live “batting practice” sessions.
I use the quotation marks because there’s no swinging when the pitchers are working off a mound in the netted tunnels. They can track the movement of various pitches, but taking a hack in there today would have been dangerous.
Pitchers scheduled to work off the mound included Shaun Marcum, Scott Downs, Jesse Carlson, Marc Rzepczynski, Brandon Morrow, Jason Frasor, Daniel Farquhar, Casey Janssen, Robert Ray, Kevin Gregg, Jeremy Accardo, Kyle Drabek, Brad Mills, Brian Tallet and Zach Jackson.
We caught up with Marcum in the clubhouse afterward and discussed his comeback from Tommy John surgery, the fact that he’s in the mix for the No. 1 starter’s job and what life is like sans Roy Halladay. Check bluejays.com later for more on Marcum and Romero’s bid for the Opening Day nod.
Every Saturday from now until the end of camp, I plan on including my current predictions for the Opening Day roster. Two days into full-squad workouts, here is who I believe will be among the 25 players headed north:
PITCHERS — Starters: Ricky Romero, Shaun Marcum, Brandon Morrow, Brian Tallet, Marc Rzepczynski. Relievers: Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, Shawn Camp, Jesse Carlson, Casey Janssen, Jeremy Accardo
POS. PLAYERS: John Buck, Jose Molina, Lyle Overbay, Aaron Hill, Alex Gonzalez, Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Travis Snider, Vernon Wells, Jose Bautista, John McDonald, Joey Gathright, Randy Ruiz.
EXCHANGE OF THE DAY:
Gregg: “How’d it go?”
Downs: “It went.”
Gregg: “Strike ’em all out?”
Downs: “No. I gave up a homer to Lind.”
TAKING A DAY: I will not be in camp covering the Blue Jays on Sunday. I am running the Tampa Marathon (my fourth career 26.2) in the morning and will be using the rest of the day to rest up. I’ll be back limping around camp on Monday. MLB.com reporter Anthony Dicomo will be filling in for me while I am gone.