That’s… just… fucking… awesome.
The pic is from the sim game referred to here, by Shi Davidi, who has even more decent news on the injury front:
#BlueJays updates: Jose Reyes plays 2 ings in sim game today; Brandon Morrow bullpen today, 35-40 pitch start Mon; Brett Lawrie out of boot
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 14, 2013
As for Reyes, I noted in yesterday’s Daily Duce that Davidi quoted him on his progress– and, in particular, how long he’ll be rehabbing.
“If it feels like my swing is there where I need to be, I don’t want to take too long because I need to be here [Toronto] and not down there,” Reyes told him. “When I start to see live pitching and I feel like my swing is comfortable enough to be here I’m going to come up.”
Reyes last played on April 12th, so his time on the 60-day DL can be ended whenever he’s ready.
And there’s more gold on the Reyes front, as Ben Nicholson-Smith writes at Sportsnet about John Gibbons’ appearance today on Baseball Central with Jeff Blair and Gregg Zaun:
Even when Jose Reyes returns from his left ankle sprain, the Toronto Blue Jays expect to continue using Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the number two and three spots of the lineup.
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Placing a slugger such as Bautista in the number two spot of the lineup may be an unconventional move, but it means the team’s best hitters come to the plate more often. Studies such as those in The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseballsuggest that batting a player of Bautista’s calibre second gives teams a small advantage over time.
“Over the course of the season that adds up,” Gibbons said.
Gibby. The. Best.