Not Kyle Drabek.
Nope. Still doesn’t not feel weird to type those records out in the headline of this post.
This run from the Jays still hasn’t stopped being fun as hell, either. Series already clinched with Liam Hendriks yet to have pitched in it?
I can live with that.
Casey Janssen won’t be available for the Jays tonight, due to “general soreness,” according to… everyone. He’s “hanging a little bit,” says John Gibbons, according to a tweet from Mike Wilner. It’s nothing serious. “Overall body soreness,” said Gibbers, as per a Brendan Kennedy tweet.
Sergio Santos, on the other hand, according to Wilner’s tweet, has suffered a bit of a setback and is shut down until Sunday. Gregor Chisholm elaborates, saying that Santos felt some soreness when throwing from 120 feet, while Kennedy tweets that the official explanation was that Santos’s forearm felt “tender.”
Scott MacArthur tweets: “Santos wouldn’t describe what he felt as either ‘pain’ or ‘soreness’ and says he’s not sore today.”
“Nothing new on Rasmus,” tweets Brendan Kennedy. “He says he’s just getting treatment, taking it day to day. Ran a little yesterday. No plans for a rehab assignment.” (As in, nothing is scheduled yet, not that he has no plans on going on one, even though that was something he was saying the other day that he hoped to avoid. Footsteps.)
Dioner Navarro, you’ll notice, is in the lineup and behind the plate tonight. Evidently the bruised finger he suffered last night isn’t terribly serious. He’s not perfect, though. John Lott spoke with him for a piece at the National Post, and it turns out Navarro is simply having too much fun to let a minor injury take him out of the lineup. ”I just love to play, man. I kind of put myself in a situation where I want to be [playing] again after being a backup for the past three years, and now I‘ve got this opportunity. This is such a wonderful experience being around these guys, Eddie hitting bombs, Melky getting five hits a day, Reyes getting stolen bases. It’s just so much fun,” he said, among other things that perfectly capture the current Jays zeitgeist.
Megan Robinson tweets a link to her new pre-game in a minute feature for Sportsnet and the Fan, warning our ears to be on the lookout (the hear-out?) for some Phil Collins tonight, thanks to Liam Hendriks.
Jerry Crasnick was on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Podcast today talking about the Jays. Worth a listen if you want to hear US guys talk about how the Jays might actually be pretty good. Starts around the 38 minute mark.
Pitch Talks #3 goes Monday, with Richard Griffin, Scott MacArthur, Cathal Kelly, Brendan Kennedy, Alexis Brudnicki, and Cashew Mirman — not to mention, delicious suds from Left Field Brewery — so get yourself a ticket.
The Dome is not open at the time of writing, but there’s still a chance it will be open by game time. @IsTheDomeOpen will keep you posted.
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Kansas City
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And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
RHP Liam Hendriks
Tampa Bay Rays
DH David DeJesus (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
RF Wil Myers (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
2B Sean Rodriguez (R)
C Jose Molina (R)
RHP Chris Archer