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.
Great news! Y’know, unless you’re Chien-Ming Wang, because via MLB.com, Anthony Casavell notes that J.A. Happ told ESPN Radio today that he’s aiming to return to the Jays rotation by the All-Star break. “I was in a brace for several weeks and am now moving, jogging and regaining athleticism. I began running again three or four days ago, and I’m not quite there yet as far as cutting or turning,” he said.
Speaking of recoveries from injury, Shi Davidi tweets that John Gibbons says the plan is for Jose Reyes to play nine innings at short in all three of this weekend’s games in Buffalo. The club will evaluate after that, he adds, but… uh… what the hell do you think they’re gonna do? Send him back down a level?
I hung out briefly with Trevor Cole– as noted in the description of my one half-decent picture from Spring Training– when he was down in Dunedin working on this, and I’m pretty sure it was totally worth the wait: a huge and fantastic profile of Jose Bautista, which you can read over at Toronto Life.
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith talks to John Gibbons, who says that Ricky Romero “could still play a vital part in this thing before it’s all said and done,” and also notes the recent woes of Anthony Gose in Buffalo, where his “questionable effort” earned him “a day to think,” according to Bisons manager Marty Brown. “We have to get his head removed from a place it shouldn’t be,” Brown awesomely said.
Another gem from Benny Fresh looks at the Jays roster options for when Jose Reyes comes back– presumably Monday– and includes a poll in which a slim majority (at the time of writing) says they’d prefer Munenori Kawasaki sent down, rather than a reliever, Bonifacio, or a different position player. Progress!
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm has a nifty profile of Jamie Evans, the weighted-ball guru the Jays hired this week, following his off-season success working with Brett Cecil, and– prior to that– Steve Delabar.
John Lott of the National Post profiles Neil Wagner, who the headline says is passionate about poetry and pitching. Yeah, but can he build his own robot?
In the Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy writes about the tough test the Jays are in for, as they get set tonight to begin ten straight games against AL East rivals. Hey! And so does Ken Fidlin, over in the Toronto Sun.
Elsewhere in the Star, Richard Griffin notes how the Jays’ 2013 hype was built on newcomers, though it has been holdover Adam Lind who has really been the key to their resurgence. He also has a new mail bag up, which I’ll be sure to hijack… eventually.
The always-excellent Jonathan Bernhardt takes a look at the new Jays rotation at Sports On Earth.
Over at the Tao Of Stieb, it’s something about roster crowding.
At Jays Journal, we’re shown the difference in usage of one excellent and one supremely moronic Twitter hash tag: #GibbyTheBest and #FireGibby.
Another post from Bluebird Banter looks at how it’s been J.P. Ricciardi’s guys who are driving the bus for the 2013 Jays. Crazy, huh? [Note: No. No, it's actually not.]
At CBS Sports, Jon Heyman wonders about a fire sale on the south side of Chicago. Gordon Beckham anyone? … No? OK, I’ll show myself out.
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, it’s the always-awesome MLB GIFs of the Week!