The Afternoon Snack is now The Daily Duce– all the latest must-read Jays links, fully Rob Ducey-fied…
Arash Madani of Sportsnet reports on today’s minor league outing from Sergio Santos, in which the prospective closer says he “felt great.” Crucially, though, he reports that “whether or not Santos will be ready for Opening Day is still undetermined,” and yet, “Santos is ahead of Janssen medically.” GULP.
Bruce Arthur of the National Post thinks that Toronto should be excited for the coming of Jose Reyes– and he’s right.
Three from Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun: In one he takes a look at Brett Lawrie’s injury, for which there’s no timetable for a return yet, though Rutsey comes away impressed at the maturity Lawrie is showing in handling it. He also reports on Brandon Morrow’s minor league outing yesterday, and how the spring is progressing as scheduled for the Jays’ important right-hander. And in the third he speaks to lefty reliever Aaron Loup, who has impressed so far in camp, after impressing last year, posting better numbers in the Majors than he did at Double-A New Hampshire.
Gregor Chisholm also speaks to Lawrie’s injury trouble at BlueJays.com.
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Melissa Couto talks to Anthony Gose, who says he gets that he’s not quite ready to fit into the Jays’ plans at the big league level. Gose clearly has a better perspective on results at this time of year than most fans do, explaining, “I’m just showing them that, hopefully, I can play at the next level and be consistent, but it’s just Spring Training. We’re facing guys who just want to get their work done and get in shape.”
With the Jays in Bradenton, Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail looks at the status of Travis Snider, now– of course– an outfielder for the Pirates.
That’s not the only tangentially-related Jays story filed by Maloney this week, as he also was in Clearwater yesterday, and tells us about Roy Halladay’s uncharacteristic struggles.
The latest 30-odd thing from the Tao of Stieb takes a look at Henry Blanco, who got his first pro contract from the Los Angeles Dodgers when they were still reigning World Series champions after Orel Hershiser’s magical 1988.
Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter reviews Steve Clarke’s 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die.
Dan Toman of gamerax GIFs a pumped up R.A. Dickey during Team USA’s most recent win.
Does Dayn Perry read Richard Griffin’s mail bag? Because at CBS Sports he proposes the same DH compromise that a Griff Bag reader did last week: making the use of a DH the prerogative of the home manager.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star takes a look at how Deadspin may have taken a step closer to being more like– ugh– Bleacher Report.
Lastly, the outstanding Jeff Sullivan announces his departure from Mariners blog Lookout Landing, which… if that’s the best thing for him and his other writings, that’s great. But it’s certainly a loss for those of us who thoroughly enjoy his work.