There is rain in the forecast for the Clearwater area today, which could spoil a rather interesting afternoon of baseball in Dunedin, with Brandon Morrow on the hill for the Jays, facing big league hitters — or, at the very least, members of the Philadelphia Phillies — for the last time before taking two big turns in front of big Jays crowds, Saturday in Montreal, and then in the home opener next week. Assuming, that is, that Dustin McGowan isn’t squeezed into the spot… or something.
And, of course, Morrow hasn’t been particularly sharp, or throwing particularly hard as yet this spring, though his last outing — in a minor league game — was reportedly a step in the right direction. And thank fuck for that! I mean, we’re talking about Dustin McGowan possibly, shit-you-not, potentially getting a look as a rotation candidate. Things, clearly, must be desperate, and if Morrow doesn’t look like the guy the Jays need him to be this afternoon, it probably won’t mean anything, but it will sure feel like it means something. And something not good, because no matter how discouraged we all may be about how the off-season has gone, it’s still spring, everybody’s record is still the same, and no right thinking person could be absurd enough to have already given up hope that there’s at least a chance things finally break right for this team.
Hey, and Casey Janssen is pitching too!
Holy shit, and Bautista in centre!
Moises Sierra was a late scratch from this one, which prompted some to start wondering about the possibility he could be traded. Not so, though — at least according to the club — as he has apparently come down with the flu that sidelined Dustin McGowan and Sergio Santos earlier in camp. Gregor Chisholm was the first in my feed to tweet it.
The Jays have made Ryan Goins officially their second baseman. Probably going to work out great, right? Right??? John Lott has the details for the National Post.
It’s J.P. Arencibia’s moment now. The Rangers’ would-be starting catcher, Geovany Soto, is out for the next ten to twelve weeks, according to a tweet from Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan.
Speaking of injuries: Josh Johnson.
And now the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
LF Matt Tuiasosopo (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
CF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
RF Brad Glenn (R)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
RHP Brandon Morrow
Today’s Phillies lineup brought to you by this tweet from Dominic Continenza. Inaccuracies possible.
1. No power
3. Chase utley
5. Old as ass
6. Dom brown
7. Older than ass
8. Who’s Cody Asche?