The Jays manufactured a second straight, albeit less-impressive-than-Monday, comeback last night, though it was obviously overshadowed by the incident involving J.A. Happ (about which there are many updates in the Scuttlebutt section below).
A big part of what was overshadowed is the fact that the Jays now have two cracks at actually winning a series in Tampa, and are two games from pulling themselves up to the level of at least one of their AL East competitors– the first, unfortunately, of four teams who began the month well ahead of ol’ Gibbers’ boys.
It won’t be anything close to easy, though, with the Rays sending David Price to the hill on Thursday to take on R.A. Dickey, and Matt Moore tonight, as he goes up against game two of the Ricky Romero Comeback Extravaganza– and Romero will have to be better than he was in his season debut, or at least avoid the big inning that sank him back on Friday.
Or, shit, with the way the Jays have been hitting the Rays’ bullpen, maybe it doesn’t even matter! Though… let’s not go nuts.
John Lott tweets about the Jays release saying that Happ was placed on the DL, with Edgar Gonzalez coming up temporarily to help an overworked bullpen, and notes that the release only mentions the head injury and not the fact that Happ also appeared to hurt his knee.
Brendan Kennedy tells us that John Gibbons is saying he hasn’t even thought about who might fill in for Happ when his turn comes around again.
Mike Wilner notes that, at his media conference, Happ appeared without crutches and without his head being wrapped.
That, of course, doesn’t mean nothing is serious: Shi Davidi tweets that Happ says he has a fracture behind his ear.
There is no concussion though, tweets Wilner, though Happ says he may still not be entirely in the clear, and that he may stay in the Tampa area, as doctors don’t want him to fly.
As for the knee, Shi Davidi says that Happ limped on and off of the dais, and that he said the knee was tight and swollen. He will see a doctor tonight to get that looked at, though obviously it was secondary last night.
Elsewhere, Davidi tweets a link to a piece of his on the rules that may, or may not, have allowed the umpires to stop play in order for Happ to be attended to more quickly last night.
In other news, according to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy, Gibbons says that Colby Rasmus was going to sit against at least one of the Rays’ tough lefties, so he chose tonight to have him on the bench against Matt Moore.
Toronto Blue Jays
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
LF Rajai Davis (R)
2B Mark DeRosa (R)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)
CF Emilio Bonifacio (S)
Ricky Romero LHP
Tampa Bay Rays
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Kelly Johnson (L)
2B Ben Zobrist (S)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
DH Luke Scott (L)
C Jose Lobaton (S)
RF Sam Fuld (L)
Matt Moore LHP