Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
Good news on Sirotka 2.0, as Shi Davidi tweets: “Sergio Santos’ surgery cleans up fraying in labrum, no major tears, best case scenario. Can start rehab in 10 days, on track for next spring.”
MLBTR passes along the latest from Jayson Stark, who talks to an exec who figures the likelihood of Josh Johnson still being with the Marlins on August 1st is 95%. Didn’t someone say it was 90% he goes earlier today? Who even knows anything anymore.
Actually, I think it might have been Joel Sherman of the New York Post who said that. He’s not having a great day around here, but he does tweet that, now that the Phillies have re-signed Cole Hamels, maybe Cliff Lee is available. I’d take him over Halladay, but I’m sure that won’t stop a whole lot of Jays fans from wondering, maybe Doc too?
Yunel Escobar was originally in the lineup tonight for the Jays… but he’s been scratched!!!! With back soreness, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi. I really wouldn’t look that much more into it, until we hear anything actually worth wondering about.
“My suspicion is that the Blue Jays still have some agreement with Inbev (formerly Interbrew), who were former owners of the Toronto Blue Jays, to serve exclusive Interbrew products (Labatt, Budweiser, Keith’s, etc),” writes Ian Hunter at the Blue Jay Hunter in a piece looking at ways to improve the Rogers Centre fan experience. Hmmm.
Maybe if Brett Lawrie didn’t go for a full-on turtling pussy slide he wouldn’t have been gunned down by Josh Reddick as spectacularly as he was last night, as we see in this GIF from Getting Blanked.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Parkes talks about the Miami fire sale, complete with YouTube-y awesomeness.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail finished his game story in record time last night.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri reminds us of some hard lessons learned by clubs who’ve made mistakes at recent-ish trade deadline.
Lastly, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet looks at how the plucky A’s are getting by using prospects, while his colleague Mike Wilner examines last night’s loss, JA Happ’s performance, and the possibility that John Farrell just might not have a very reliable bullpen to call upon at this point.