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!!!
At Getting Blanked, Parkes puts together an enormous, must-read post, breaking down what he thinks might be wrong with Ricky Romero. Go on, read it. We’ll wait.
Excellent, as usual, John Lott of the National Post tries to find out what the Jays’ plan is to rescue Romero. “Farrell sent out intriguing signals suggesting a new rescue plan for his beleaguered starter on Thursday morning, but refused to provide details. And when he was asked in separate scrums whether Romero would make his next scheduled start, Farrell gave slightly different answers,” he writes, noting that the manager was clear that Romero would start Monday in Seattle, after intimating to a different group that the plan could change, saying only, “as of right now, yes.”
Lott also talks to JA Happ, who is quietly waiting for a spot in the rotation.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi wonders if it’s time for drastic action to correct whatever is wrong with Romero, reminding us of the rebuild that Cliff Lee went through around the same point in his career.
Dirk Hayhurst writes some words you should probably read about Romero’s situation– especially if you’re a dickhead.
Remember those Josh Johnson rumours from yesterday and the day before? Well, don’t hold your breath for him. Jon Heyman writes at CBS Sports that the Marlins “are seeking a ‘Teixeira-like’ package” for him. The Rangers, of course, got some OK long-term pieces when they traded their first baseman to Atlanta in 2007: Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Holland and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Oy.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tweets that he’s hearing the A’s are concerned about Yunel Escobar’s clubhouse presence, and aren’t as into him as other reports have maybe suggested. Speaking of which…
Richard Griffin live blogged the Jays’ win this afternoon at the Toronto Star, and even though some of his readers are insufferably negative fuckfaces, he made it through the exercise and actually produced a couple of interesting tidbits. There was this, on Yu Darvish: “I do know that AA wanted Darvish, but he could not guarantee Rogers that this guy would be good and of course Rogers needs guarantees for everything — except that your cellphone and wireless are working properly.” And this on Yunel Escobar: “All I know is that the GM speaks fondly of Escobar as a baseball-first, clubhouse rat. He stays late to talk baseball with the other guys and has been there after midnight with AA and EE talking game stuff. Inside the Braves clubhouse may have been a different story because that place has traditionally been run by golf-playing card-playing starting pitchers who do not like flare and individuality. The Jays have a different clubhouse so observations about Yunel fitting in are coming from outside. Will he be traded? Maybe, but not because of attitude.”
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm has some injury updates, noting that Drew Hutchison is making progress– still on track for the six week absence that was originally diagnosed– and that the club is encouraged about what the surgeons found in the shoulder of Sergio Santos. “Some wear and tear in the joint, no specific tears of any kind,” said John Farrell. “So, it was a general cleanout, and based on his findings, probably the best-case scenario given surgery was required.”
And in case you missed it, in another notebook post, Gregor… er… notes that Joel Carreno and Evan Crawford have been recalled after Wednesday’s loss.
Wait, what? Jerry Howarth is featured in one of FanGraphs‘ audio Q&A sessions? Coolness.
Only two Jays-related tidbits in today’s KLawChat at ESPN.com, so here they are: KLaw agrees with a reader who wonders if clubs might go back to the 140 inning reliever and mentions Marcus Stroman as a potential candidate. “I’d settle for 100 innings,” he says. “Fifty appearances a year, averaging two innings. And then we wouldn’t see so many teams running 3-man benches.” When asked about the changes to Travis Snider’s swing, he says that he “liked them back in March – but the tiny big league sample so far is pretty mixed.”
Law and Eric Karabell spoke about the Jays– and Ricky Romero– on today’s ESPN Baseball Today podcast, as well.
Lastly, because there’s no Game Threat left to do to put it in, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…