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Awesomeness from Drew at Getting Blanked, as he dissects the at-bat that led to Edwin Encarnacion’s home run off Chris Archer yesterday.
Great stuff from Matt Klaassen at FanGraphs, too, as he looks at the season put in by Colby Rasmus, who has turned back the clock to his breakout 2010… sort of.
A number of Jays-related tidbits in Nick Cafardo’s latest at the Boston Globe, as he notes that Mark Buehrle is on the weighted ball program (did we know that already?), adds a small item about Kevin Pillar, and writes about Josh Johnson, who he says has “been shut down for good with a forearm strain, and will now enter free agency. The Jays can’t even make him a qualifying offer.” No, there isn’t some rule, he just means that it seems an untenable proposition at this point. He’s probably right. Also, the local media reports aren’t saying that he’s been shut down for good, so far as I can tell, though there’s no timetable for him to start throwing as yet, and not a tonne of season remaining.
Roster stuff: per a team release the Jays have reinstated Munenori Kawasaki from the paternity list, and have optioned Thad Weber back down to Buffalo (though he’ll be recalled as the club’s 26th man for yesterday’s doubleheader).
In his latest Bullpen post, Richard Griffin talks to Brian Butterfield, and weighs in on the A-Rod mess– though seeming less openly in favour of dickhead Ryan Dempster than he was on Twitter last night.
Elsewhere in the Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy speaks to Brett Lawrie about his recent turnaround at the plate– or he, at least, tries to, though Lawrie isn’t very quick to talk about what’s going right. While Griffin looks at the wreckage that’s become of the Jays’ rotation this season.
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith recaps a Fan 590 interview featuring agent Scott Boras, who at one point, regarding the Jays’ failure to sign top draft pick Phil Bickford, “suggested that factors other than money ‘may have been a part of the issue’ that kept the sides from reaching a deal.”
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, a trio of items from Shi Davidi, who speaks to the frustrated Anthony Gose, gives us an interesting tidbit on Darren Oliver’s investment in the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs, and looks at the impressive pickup the Jays made when acquiring Todd Redmond.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Adam Berry writes about Anthony Gose, who is looking to turn around a bad season, and Steve Delabar, who still has no timetable for a return, among other things. Another notebook post, this one from Jim Hawkins, includes stuff on Kevin Pillar, whose slow start isn’t dampening his enthusiasm, as well as the wonky leg of Jose Reyes. Yet another notebook post looks at Adam Lind’s recent hot-swinging ways, among other things.
A Canadian Press piece, via the National Post, looks at Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek, and their long road back to the Majors together following both of their having Tommy John surgery a year ago.
Elsewhere in the Post, John Lott profiles Mark DeRosa, who looks like he’s played well enough this year to earn having his option for 2014 picked up.
The Blue Jay Hunter shares a video in which the Jays talk about their various batting superstitions.
Lastly, great stuff from Jared Macdonald at Jays Prospects, who gives us a lengthy look at the path traveled by Kevin Pillar from Bluefield to the Big Leagues.