Kawasaki? The goddamn DH.
What a clusterfuck of a lineup for the Jays tonight, but… at least it exists! Their bench? Not so much, though their injured sluggers and/or Arencibias are, to varying degrees, available to pinch hit tonight in a… uh… pinch. But for all intents and purposes, the Jays are playing without a bench this evening.
Just the kind of game they’ll totally surprisingly win, right? Baseball has a way of keeping you on your toes– provided you’re not, y’know, one of the dullards who just can’t comprehend that.
Uh… go Jays?
According to a tweet from John Lott, it “looks like” both Lind and Encarnacion will be back tomorrow.
Brendan Kennedy tweets that Alex Anthopoulos says Brett Lawrie will play 6-7 innings tonight for Dunedin (or he was going to before it turned out that there was no game, and that the GCL Jays’ game was called off due to rain– as Shi Davidi notes). It was thought Lawrie would be headed to New Hampshire to continue his rehab assignment soon after, but with rain in Florida, it turns out he’ll head to Lansing, Kennedy tweets.
Sergio Santos was also scheduled to pitch in Florida tonight, Kennedy notes. He’ll have three outings there, then move up to Buffalo where he’ll go back-to-back before rejoining the Jays.
Kennedy adds that, as we’ve been hearing, the club doesn’t want to rush Lawrie, and that they’ll likely use all 20 days of his rehab assignment, which began last Wednesday.
Elsewhere on the injury front, Kennedy tweets that Kyle Drabek is nearly done his rehab assignment, after which he’ll likely be optioned to class-A Dunedin– where, according to a Scott MacArthur tweet, he’ll be capped at two innings per appearance to start. Drew Hutchison, Kennedy adds, will begin rehabbing soon.
John Lott notes that Brandon Morrow is now throwing pain free, but still won’t likely be back until August. It’s an August timeline for J.A. Happ, he adds, most likely, as he still has some knee soreness (though his head is, thankfully, fine).
Kennedy tells us that Ramon Ortiz chose to not have surgery, but he’s not close to starting a rehab assignment. Luis Perez, on the other hand, is farther along, and– according to a tweet from Scott MacArthur– feeling better following a setback a couple weeks ago. He’s “still pretty far away,” though, apparently.
What of Ricky Romero? Alex Anthopoulos says, according to a John Lott tweet, that the club wants to see consistent results from him– at which point, if the need arises, he could be recalled any time.
Alex Anthopoulos says he’s ready to make some deals, according to a tweet from Mike Cormack, but that other teams need a week to ten days to resolve fanbase and ownership considerations (i.e. whether to raise the white flag on 2013 or not).
That said, Brendan Kennedy tweets that AA says he’s not “engaged” in anything right now, but it just gathering information, like most clubs at this point.
Prospect stuff: according to the GM, via a Kennedy tweet, negotiations with top draft pick Phil Bickford are expected to take a step forward this week, whatever that means. He remains one of, I think, six first rounders as yet unsigned.
Second rounder Clinton Hollon, AA says, is “getting close” to signing, according to a tweet from Lott, who notes that the deadline to sign guys is July 12th.
On the international front, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi, the Jays signed international products Yeltsin Gudino and Freddy Rodriguez, both of Venezuela. Ben Badler of Baseball America has them as the eighth and 18th best prospects in this year’s international free agent class.
AA name checked several impressive prospects, according to a Kennedy tweet, including Pillar, Stilson, Jimenez, Stroman and Sanchez.
Regarding Pillar, John Lott tweets that the GM says he may be the biggest surprise. “Reports are that he’s ready to come up if we have a need,” AA says.
Kennedy tweets that the GM says Aaron Sanchez is back and healthy. “‘He’s back on track, good to go, no restrictions.’ Hoping he can advance to NH by end of year.”
On A.J. Jimenez, according to a tweet from Mike Cormack, AA says, “I think with everyone that’s defence-first, you get the Molina comparisons, but it’s that type of glove.”
Let it be known to the world, Craig Robinson is a dick.
@james_in_to noticed some words exchanged, not caught on the broadcast, between the Tigers and Jays yesterday after Jose Bautista had some words for Brayan Pena.
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Rajai Davis (R)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Mark DeRosa (R)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
DH Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RHP Chien-Ming Wang
CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Victor Martinez (S)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
LF Andy Dirks (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
C Alex Avila (L)
RHP Doug Fister