Notes from Game 10
A few years ago, Jason Frasor might not have shown such a sense of humor about the outing he had on Sunday. Frasor is a bit older, though, and far more confident than he was in the past.
In one-third of an inning against the Braves, Frasor allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and one home run surrendered. This from a guy who has been linked to the Cubs and Twins in recent trade rumors.
“I don’t know if that trade’s going to happen now with what they saw today,” Frasor quipped.
So, what happened?
“I felt good. I feel good,” Frasor said. “My changeup was terrible. Fastball was good. Once I got in trouble, I just did some things that wasn’t me. I just kept going to the offspeed.
“It wasn’t there, but I kept forcing it instead of, ‘Why not try a fastball down and away?’ I just didn’t do it and you saw what happened. I just kept trying to find it and find it and find it and it just didn’t come.”
Maybe the Braves just have his number. On May 24 last season, Frasor allowed four runs in two-third of an inning on the road against Atlanta.
“A touchdown and a two point conversion,” Frasor joked.
The fact of the matter is this is Spring Training and one bad outing won’t hurt Frasor’s chances of making the team. He is a lock for the bullpen and could see some time in the ninth inning this season, along with Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg. Frasor said sometimes it’s good to get one bad outing out of the way in the preseason.
“B.J. Ryan used to say it kind of gets that bad taste out of your mouth,” Frasor explained. “He used to think it was good to — not to consistently give up runs — but maybe have them run around the bases a few times one time and get that bad taste out of your mouth.”
“It’s still miserable, even though it really doesn’t count,” he said. “I’m glad it doesn’t count.”
SHORTSTOP OF THE FUTURE? The Blue Jays are reportedly nearing a deal believed to be worth $10 million over four years with Cuban shortstop Adeinis Hechavarria. Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos would neither confirm or deny the reports, saying, “I really don’t want to comment. I don’t want to lie.”
Anthopoulos was asked why it seems as though Latin American players are increasingly having interest in Toronto these days. The GM has been tied to other Cuban players over the past few months and he also was able to quickly sign shortstop Alex Gonzalez over the offseason.
“Especially when it comes to free agents, whether they’re Latin American or big league free agents,” Anthopoulos said, “opportunity is a big component of it. I think anybody you look to sign, they’re going to look to the landscape and see who’s competing in front of them and so on and where the opportunity can lie to get to the big leagues as fast as they can.
“I think that’s certainly a part of it. That being said, the feedback we’ve got from a lot of the Latin players, they love the city. They love Toronto. Alex Gonzalez is a great example. He just liked the cosmopolitan city that Toronto is and he thinks it’s a great place to play. A lot of our players feel the same way.”
Heading back to the first part of Anthopoulos’ answer, Toronto only has short-term solutions at short. Hechavarria would have a chance to rise quickly through the system to the big leagues in a bid to be the Jays’ answer over the long-term. The Jays’ main competition for Hechavarria appeared to be the Yankees, but he reportedly decided against signing with New York since it’s expected that the Bombers will sign Derek Jeter to an extension after this season.
BIRD FEED: RHP Dustin McGowan threw a two-inning sim game on Sunday morning, working through 44 pitches. Next up will be a Minor League outing, tentatively planned for Friday. McGowan is still not throwing bullpen sessions between starts. It seems increasinly likely that he will open the year on the disabled list. … RHP Brandon Morrow allowed four runs on six hits in three innings in a start against the Braves on Sunday. He struck out five and walked two. … Toronto has a “B” game at 10 a.m. on Monday at Dunedin Stadium, free to attend for fans. The Jays’ “A” lineup will stay home for that game. The “A” pitchers will hit the road for the game against the Tigers in Lakeland. … Pitching in Lakeland will be Marc Rzepczynski, Brett Cecil, Casey Janssen and Jeremy Accardo. … RHP Shaun Marcum will pitch in a Triple-A game at 1 pm on Tuesday at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. This keeps him on a scheduled that lines up for the Opening Day start. … 3B Edwin Encarnacion remained out of the lineup on Sunday and there is still no timetable for his return to game action. … Relievers Willie Collazo, Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs, Shawn Camp, Josh Roenicke and Rommie Lewis combined for 5 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday. … 1B/DH Randy Ruiz belted his second homer of the spring on Sunday, sending a pitch to center field, bouncing off the black backdrop above the wall. Ruiz is hitting .500 this spring. … DH/LF Adam Lind added a two-run trible. Look for a feature on Lind on bluejays.com later today. … Leadoff man Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 to raise his spring average to .647. … LF Travis Snider went 0-for-3 with one strikeout.
LIST OF THE DAY
Recent Opening Day Shortstops
2010: Alex Gonzalez
2009: Marco Scutaro
2008: David Eckstein
2007: Royce Clayton
2006: Russ Adams
2005: Russ Adams
2004: Chris Woodward
2003: Chris Woodward
2002: Felipe Lopez
2001: Alex S. Gonzalez
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