The Blue Jays host the Atlanta Braves and their split squad edition today, and surprisingly the Upton brothers are making the trip to Dunedin. Brandon Morrow will throw for the Jays, and is expected to toss six innings, or 90 pitches, before giving way to Aaron Loup, Esmil Rogers and Clint Everts. Still no Edwin Encarnacion for the Jays, who hopes to get back into the lineup on Monday.
As for the health of two members of the bullpen, looks as if Casey Janssen and Sergio Santos, who both tossed an inning of work yesterday, look to be on track to begin the season on the Opening Day roster.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) March 23, 2013
And even better, we can finally stop the closer debate, as Gibby announced Janssen as his ninth inning man.
Janssen declared healthy and anointed #bluejays closer by Gibbons. Encarnacion back in lineup Monday (rt index)
— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) March 23, 2013
With the Home Opener just over a week away, John Lott writes at the National Post about who might win the two remaining spots on the 25-man roster. Yes, one of them happens to be Brett Cecil.
Also, staying with John Lott, he notes that J.P Arencibia believes Ricky Romero will be fine during the regular season, while ending his article with an interesting thought from new Jays broadcaster Jack Morris, who suspects Romero’s elbow may not be 100%.
Dustin, McGowan, who will likely begin the year on the DL, or better yet, in Buffalo, pitched in a minor league game today, facing five batters while recorded four outs tweets Lott.
Brett Lawrie continues to rehab from his rib injury, and hit off a tee yesterday, while taking ground balls at third. Scott MacArthur tweets that John Gibbons hopes he returns to game action sometime next week.
TV: Today’s game can be watched on Sportsnet Ontario, but, you can also listen to the game online at MLB.com.
And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
J. Reyes SS
R. Davis DH
M. Cabrera LF
J. Bautista RF
J. Arencibia C
A. Lind 1B
M. DeRosa 3B
M. Izturis 2B
E. Bonifacio CF
B. Morrow RHP
B.J. Upton DH
R. Johnson CF
J. Heyward RF
J. Upton LF
C. Johnson 1B
B. DeWitt 3B
S. Kazmar 2B
M. Pagnozzi C
S. Gilmartin LHP