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 (if we bother to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.
“I’ve joked about his hanging around the MLB margins, but the video of Ramon Ortiz’s injury is utterly heartbreaking,” tweets Jay Jaffe as he presents a link to Mike Axisa’s piece at CBS Sports on the incident last night at Petco. He’s not wrong.
Former big leaguer, and current awesome Twitterer and MS Paint artist, Fernando Tatis, is on the same page, tweeting, “I pray for Ramon Ortiz the video makes me cry too.”
Per a team release the Jays have sent Mickey Storey to Buffalo, noting that they’ll make a corresponding move tomorrow. Seeing as Josh Johnson is already set to start for the Jays in San Francisco, that would seem to be the coming move– though it’s possible Ortiz will also be placed on the DL, with additional help being added to the roster as well.
You can hear Josh Johnson speaking to reporters about his rehab process in this audio clip from TSN.ca.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star looks at the Jays’ options for the next time they need a healthy starter, which because of off days isn’t until June 11th. R.A. Dickey will face the Giants on Wednesday, with Mark Buehrle taking on the Rangers Friday, and Chad Jenkins getting the ball Saturday.
Similarly, John Lott looks at this conundrum in the National Post. Lott also looks at the utter loss the Jays are at when it comes to figuring out what to do with Ricky Romero. In the Star, Richard Griffin suggests giving Romero a game plan– like pitching with Vancouver until September 1st– and sticking with it.
Nick Cafardo continues his crusade against fucking sanity in the Boston Globe, once again pretending the Jays will entertain trading their two best hitters for prospects this summer, and finding someone who’ll play along: “Rios, Bautista, Encarnacion, and you can add Justin Morneau, are definitely the major guys scouts are focusing on,” said one American League GM. “They can be game-changers. Nobody wants to give up their prospects unless they are game-changers. Every struggling team is going to reach D-Day where they say, ‘OK, are we sticking with our personnel and hope to win with it next year or are we going to retool it?’ Toronto is going to do that. Chicago is going to do that. Philadelphia is going to do that. The Dodgers are going to do that. They may all come up with different conclusions, but the conversation will take place.”
On the occasion of his return to San Francisco, Melky Cabrera spoke to reporters– and Gregor Chisholm provides a transcript of the Q&A over at North Of The Border.
Back to Twitter, Parkes lays one down that pretty much perfectly says all that needs to be said about tonight’s Yankees lineup against the Clevelands: “Lyle Overbay will play RF tongiht for the New York Yankees. This is like me stepping into the role of dentist for an afternoon.” Drew looks at the situation in a more favourable light (slightly) at Getting Blanked.
Speaking of the Yankees, in another Getting Blanked post, Drew notices that Vernon Wells sucks again– also: thunder!
In Richard Griffin’s latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, he looks at how the Jays’ overused relievers have truly come through for them this season, among other things.
Mark Zwolinski of the Star talks to Brett Cecil, who, with a couple of demotions on his own resume, understands a thing or two about what Ricky Romero is going through.
Dirk Hayhurst is over R.A. Dickey and his post-game spirit quest updates regarding his mysteriously missing knuckleball.
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith gives a great primer for the draft, which begins this Thursday, with the Jays holding the tenth selection.
Todd Devlin of MLB.com looks that the impact that Roberto Alomar’s assistance has had on the Jays’ infield defenders this year.
Fantasy Trade 411 gives a positive review of the changes Adam Lind has seemed to make since coming back from the minors in the middle of last season.
Didymus Henley reflects on the clusterfuck of a season the Jays have had so far over at Dumb Shit I Think About.
Lastly, I really thought today was going to be back to business as usual around here after a weird couple of weeks, but I found out last night that a friend of mine had died way too fucking young, so… yeah… so much for that, eh? I’ll get around to hijacking last Friday’s Griff Bag at some point, for sure. Sorry we never reconciled, Frenchie. RIP.