The Jays return home from their west coast swing to open a three game set with a very good Rangers team, and while they seem to have stabilized themselves enough to keep from falling farther back in the supposed race for the playoffs, um… could they maybe win some fucking games? Like… a lot of them? In a row or something?
Like, wouldn’t that be kinda alright?
It’s not like they’re not capable. No, really! And shit, they get starters Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm from the Rangers this series– albeit sandwiching a start from the maddeningly magnificent Yu Darvish– so it’s not like they don’t have a fighting chance here. Even with Esmil Rogers set to take the hill tonight.
And… like… A.J. Pierzynski is hitting third, and Jeff Baker fifth for Texas tonight. It’s not like they’re that goddamn fucking good. GAH!!! FUCKING 2013!!!
Esmil Rogers should be good for five innings tonight, according to John Gibbons, via a tweet from Brendan Kennedy.
How about this tweet from the Buffalo Bisons: “Third straight 1-2-3 inning for Ricky Romero. Has retired 10 straight and now has a 1-0 lead as we head to bot 5th.”
Shi Davidi tweets that there’s no timetable for Brett Lawrie’s return, and that the third baseman is currently in a walking boot. Awesome.
More injury stuff as Kennedy tweets that Brandon Morrow is “feeling better,” but not throwing, and has no timetable for a return as yet. Ugh. He adds that Gibbons says J.A. Happ has played some catch, but is “still a ways off still.” Double ugh.
Kennedy also tells us that John Gibbons figures on playing Josh Thole more than Henry Blanco does– but more like Dickey starts plus day games after night games. The notion of a platoon was not addressed in the tweets.
According to a tweet from John Lott, John Gibbons declined to make a comment on the rumours about Chien-Ming Wang starting for the club on Tuesday. The ex-Yankee’s acquisition is still unofficial, of course.
Davidi tweets that Darren Oliver is set to make a rehab appearance for Buffalo tonight, and could be back with the Jays as early as next week.
“Dickey said he wasn’t consulted on Blanco decision and didn’t want to be,” tweets Brendan Kennedy. “Asks to be kept out of those convos, bc awkward position.”
At Sports Illustrated, Jay Jaffe takes an in-depth look at the Jays’ desperate acquisition of Chien-Ming Wang.
Lastly, here’s something interesting: according to his feed, prospect Roberto Osuna is headed back Lansing (presumably from Dunedin), and has been tweeting about his arm feeling better. So… has all that “may need Tommy John” stuff turned to “may not need Tommy John?” Fingers crossed!
Toronto Blue Jays
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RHP Esmil Rogers
SS Elvis Andrus (R)
2B Jurickson Profar (S)
C A.J. Pierzynski (L)
DH Adrian Beltre (R)
3B Jeff Baker (R)
LF David Murphy (L)
CF Craig Gentry (R)
1B Chris McGuiness (L)
RF Leonys Martin (L)
RHP Nick Tepesch