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!!!
Sportsnet’s Mike Cormack tweets this afternoon that Jose Bautista is leading off and DHing in the Gulf Coast League today, while Brett Lawrie is not in the rehab game lineup, and is “likely en route to Detroit.”
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun reports that Lawrie did play in Dunedin on Sunday, and that it was possible he’d be with the club as soon as tomorrow. He adds that Yan Gomes has been optioned back down to Vegas in order for Yorvit Torrealba to join the club, and that Adam Lind might test out his wonky back in a rehab game this week.
John Lott of the National Post reviews yesterday’s loss, and Henderson Alvarez’s non-ducking of the media. He apologetically said that he wouldn’t be answering questions following the worst start of his young career, as he’d been pitching with a heavy heart, having learned of a death in his family in Venezuela prior to the start.
MLBTR watches the latest from Kenny Ken Ken so you don’t have to, in which he tells us that the Pirates could have got Shane Victorino in exchange for Brad Lincoln, but opted instead for Travis Snider.
Jays Journal has this weeks prospect hot sheet up, in which they review the top performing prospects in the Jays system, including Justin Nicolino, who keeps rolling at Lansing, unlike a couple of his high profile teammates.
Speaking of, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun visits Eastlake, Ohio, and catches up with the Lugnuts– specifically, hot prospect Aaron Sanchez, who it turns out had a bit of a forearm scare earlier in the season. Or… did I just totally miss that?
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail looks at Adeiny Hechavarria, who got his first start at second base over the weekend– a position he might play for the Jays next season.
Richard Griffin has a new Bullpen post up at the Toronto Star. Read it.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels reviews the seasons so far for this year’s supplemental round draft picks. The Jays’ first two, Matt Smoral and Mitch Nay, have been hurt. Tyler Gonzales was “hammered early but has pitched well in his last three outings.”
Minor Move: MLBTR tells us that Juan Abreu has been outrighted to Vegas.
Bluebird Banter tells us all we need to know about JA Happ.
Lastly, seriously, it sounds like the door is opening for the Jays to move their Triple-A affiliate to Buffalo. So nails.