Leading off, as always (or usual), it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– which for the duration of the season will be coming at you daily! We’re not double posting this year, but I’ll be sure to include the link in the first Daily Duce or Game Threat that follows the post going up over at Getting Blanked. Otherwise, you can find the podcast at Getting Blanked on iTunes, get it via the RSS feed we have setup, or like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed (and while you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too).
Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet Magazine profiles Brett Lawrie, and kicks it off with perhaps the greatest thing I’ve ever read: “Everything you’ve heard about Brett Lawrie is true,” he writes. “The boundless energy, the frequent Red Bull consumption, the lengthy vocabulary of movie quotes, college party proverbs and other assorted bro-isms—’RELAX,’ ‘EASY, BRO’ and ‘FIGURE IT OUT’ are favourites—all said loudly and in a mock-direct tone, eyes bulging from their sockets. You can see it all on display before games, when Lawrie is generally much more jacked up about things than anyone else. You’ll likely find him bouncing around the clubhouse, talking rapidly at whoever will listen or sometimes to himself, European house music pulsing at high decibel levels into his ears from bulky, red Beats By Dre headphones, as he sings along to the chorus, bobbing to the beat, slicing his hands through the air above his head like the world is his own personal rave. Yes, the mock Twitter accounts are accurate, more or less.”
Shi Davidi tweets that Jeremy Jeffress cleared waivers and will be sent to the minors– though the club he’ll be assigned to is still to be determined. Not sure if they would have lost him had they sent him down at the end of camp, but the fact that they didn’t here is almost a validation of all the eight-man bullpens they’ve been running so far. Almost.
Davidi also tweets that Ricky Romero threw in a simulated game today, and that Alex Anthopoulos says the reports are that he looked good, but there is still no timetable for him to get into real game action in Dunedin.
Richard Griffin discussed Romero’s situation in a wide ranging chat with Toronto Star readers today. “The Jays are slow-playing Romero for many reasons,” he explained. “They said originally that it was all about ‘direct line to the plate’ but now they are talking about no hands over the head, just in front of his chest in windup. It’s becoming a full makeover a la Halladay even though they won’t admit it. There’s no hurry to put Romero on a minor-league roster because they don’t need him at the MLB level yet. If there was an injury, you would see him start to go 0-60 in 15 days.”
“Sanchez belongs in any discussion of the most live arms in the minors,” said BP’s Monday Morning Ten Pack this week– speaking, of course, of top Jays prospect, and current Romero teammate, Aaron Sanchez. “He still needs to work on developing his change-up, but it has come a long way since his 2010 debut. The major concern with him right now is his command: in his first three seasons, he’s averaged nearly five walks per nine innings. Sanchez has made two starts in 2013, going five innings in each and walking a total of three batters while striking out seven.”
Staying with Baseball Prospectus, R.J. Anderson wonders about Jon Trolololosi’s suggestion that the Jays are not behaving like a contending team based on all of the waiver claims they’ve made so far this year, concluding that the merits of their approach are debatable, but that the claims alone are hardly enough to suggest that the club is in trouble.
MLBTR passed along, over the weekend, the notion that the Jays had inquired on blocked Braves shortstop– and former Jays farmhand– Tyler Pastornicky. They also cited several more options being whispered, including but not limited to: Cody Ransom, Josh Wilson, Mike Aviles, John McDonald, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jonathan Hererra, Ramiro Pena, Cesar Izturia and Dee Gordon.
Steve Simmons suggests in the Toronto Sun that the Jays’ use of the entire waiver wire as their 25th man is “micro managing” and “premature manipulation,” because… of course he does.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star tells us about how several Jays aren’t sold on protective cups, which is silly, because how else are you going to be sure your drink isn’t going to spill? Wait.. what?
In his post-game post at Sportsnet yesterday, Mike Wilner looked at the strong impression Munenori Kawasaki has made on the Jays thus far.
At gamereax, Chris Toman looks at Brandon Morrow’s start on Sunday, as he did well, getting creative while not quite having his best stuff.
In a notebook post, Evan Peaslee of MLB.com talks to Darren Oliver about Jackie Robinson Day, which was, of course, celebrated yesterday across the Majors. He also looks at the role Ramon Ortiz is expected to fill with the Jays (in long relief), as well as yesterday’s roster stuff.
Jonah Keri’s latest MLB rankings at Grantland have the Jays even lower than they were in his previous set.
As a handy reference, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet provides us with a guide to the various types of roster moves that take place in Major League Baseball. Ever wondered the difference between someone being designated for assignment and being outrighted? Here’s your guide.
Lastly, from Getting Blanked, it’s John Gibbons flashing the “Lo Viste” in GIF form. GibbyTheBest.