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In yet another blow of the kind that the Yankees, and fans of the senior citizens on their roster, are probably going to have to get used to, Alex Rodriguez– fresh off a horrific playoffs, and second half of the season– will undergo “a left hip arthroscopy to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst.”

We’d been hearing most of the morning that surgery would be necessary for A-Rod– MLBTR has a handy timeline– but the club made it official in a press release around 1:30 PM ET.

Not to wish anyone– even A-Rod– poor health, but it certainly appears to be good news for a newly-competitive Jays club, but I don’t think it’s quite so simple as that.

Ken Rosenthal tweets that Yankee doctors are saying that there’s a good possibility A-Rod’s poor end to 2012 was due to the hip. While he’ll never again be the same guy he was at his peak, even a return to his early season form makes Rodriguez a quality player– albeit one still on the decline and maybe not so suited for third base any longer.

That’s a problem, as Dave Cameron points out at FanGraphs, since the market for third basemen isn’t great. “The league just lacks interesting young third baseman who haven’t already become franchise players,” he says. But that doesn’t mean the Yankees can’t get creative– and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports think its time they do it, arguing that they can’t wait for A-Rod, and that they ought to make a play for Padres star and Brett-Lawrie-dream-projection Chase Headley.

It’s a terrifying thought– not enough people know how good Headley is, but they’d find out in a big hurry once he moved from Petco to the Bronx– but one we don’t have to worry about too too much, as Morosi suggests a package built around Phil Hughes and David Phelps, which… seriously?

Still, they’re probably going to do something here– otherwise the Jays window, I think, creeps open just a little bit more as the Yankees wait.

So… there’s that.

Mentoring 101…

Oh, the ironing is delicious. After shooting his mouth off to the Toronto Sun about the lack of accountability inside the Jays clubhouse– which we covered earlier today– Omar Vizquel was held accountable for his actions. The Jays held a closed-door meeting during which, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi, was about Vizquel’s “comments regarding accountability in Jays clubhouse. He apologized to coaches and team.”

Davidi adds a two more tweets:

So… that’s pretty much all awesome. Oh yeah? You’re going to try to save your own skin after the Escobar stuff and try to coast out of town on your bizarrely-earned reputation and longevity? Well, Omar, I think perhaps it’s time we made it crystal clear that we DO have accountability in this clubhouse, and guess who just walked right fucking into that one?

I know, I know, I tried to make clear earlier today that it’s as bad on one side to dismiss these concerns as it is to swallow Vizquel’s self-serving tripe whole hog, but I’m sorry, it really is just too rich for me to take seriously, especially now that the Jays have made so clear that they’re not buying what Vizquel is selling– and also, in light of the conveniently ill-remembered fact that last year’s narrative was that the intimidating Farrell would have supposedly never allowed Boston’s chicken and beer brigade on his watch. So… which is it, people constructing a narrative from the crumbs in their ass in the desperate need to point fingers in the wake of a disastrous season?

And, I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t help that Gregg Zaun– who would like you to support his golf tournament in support of Right To Play, just as long as you’re really, really clear that HE HIMSELF, GREGG ZAUN, IS NOT GAY– is fully on board the defence of Vizquel, and not at all for his own entirely self-serving reasons, right?

But you know what? Zaun actually offers some insight on this– for example, he tweets that “veteran leaders have to be everyday players in order to garner respect”– and I’m reluctant to entirely throw the baby out with the bathwater, as there are definite questions about what’s happened here with Vizquel, including– at the very least– how the front office seems to have got it so wrong on either him or Farrell.

It’s just… as much as people want to believe Vizquel and Zaun simply for who they are, neither has a hell of a lot of credibility on the issue, as far as I’m concerned. Vizquel bitched publicly more than once about his role on the team this season, kinda has a history of shit like this, and has all the reason in the world to want to distance himself and his ambitions as a leader from the Escobar situation. Zaun seems to crave the attention, cashes easy points for being a kind of clubhouse insider even though he hasn’t actually played here since 2008, and must be absolutely loving how directly this new narrative ties into his one-man drumbeat for a more old school approach.

So… I’m skeptical– probably more than that. But I’ll own up to the fact that it’s partly because they’re saying things I don’t particularly want to hear. It’s just… give me more before I can really believe it. Give me statements from guys who don’t have the same kind of agendas. Give me statements that aren’t so contravened by the acts of discpline we’ve actually seen– first for Escobar, now for Vizquel. I’m not saying it can’t be true, just give me more.

TV: Sportsnet

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Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
J. Arencibia C
A. Lind 1B
Y. Escobar SS
K. Johnson 2B
R. Davis RF
A. Gose LF

C. Jenkins RHP

New York Yankees

D. Jeter SS
I. Suzuki RF
A. Rodriguez 3B
R. Cano 2B
N. Swisher 1B
C. Granderson CF
R. Ibanez LF
R. Martin C
E. Chavez DH

H. Kuroda RHP

 

Image of Omar Vizquel’s in-dugout handiwork during June’s Marlins series via @whatadewitt.

Batter WPA aLI
3B – Lawrie 0.170 0.68
CF – Rasmus 0.008 0.50
DH – Encarnacion 0.105 0.45
SS – Escobar -0.050 0.45
1B – Lind -0.051 0.48
C – Arencibia -0.018 0.33 Pitcher WPA aLI
2B – Johnson -0.009 0.26 SP – Morrow 0.337 0.89
RF – Sierra -0.052 0.46 RP – Lincoln 0.013 0.16
LF – Gose 0.046 0.35 RP – Oliver 0.003 0.17

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For the first time since the day after he wore a homophobic slur written on his eye black, Yunel Escobar returns to the field at Rogers Centre, starting at short, as usual, for the Jays tonight, and batting cleanup, as a constant reminder that fuck this season.

The big question of the day, I guess, is how he’ll be received by Jays fans when he takes the field and makes his first appearance at the plate. The Jays didn’t take batting practice today, so there wasn’t a chance for any reporters to hound Escobar with questions about how he thinks he’ll be received, which is probably for the best, given that all we can do is wait and see– and especially because it turns out that the team met with Patrick Burke of You Can Play this afternoon, and Escobar specifically met for 45 minutes with Burke and openly gay NCAA track athlete Jose Estevez, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi.

“He understands whatever comes his way is part of process,” said Alex Anthopoulos according to another Davidi tweet. “He made a terrible mistake and is going to have to be accountable.”

Asked about it yesterday, John Farrell was evasive about whether Escobar would even play today, as John Lott outlines in the National Post. Also in the piece, Lott refers to an online petition that has been circulating, urging the Jays to make a video condemning homophobia in sports, and urging them to make a LGBT-positive video, in much the way that the San Francisco Giants tackled the issue last year with an issue for the It Gets Better Project.

The Jays and Escobar sound like they are, at least, taking steps in the right direction. At the very least they know enough to try to say the right things. Now we just have to see if they continue to follow-through in the coming months and years, as they should, regardless of whether Escobar remains with the team or not. They need to make emphatically clear that they’re inclusive of all of Toronto’s many communities, and that appears to be starting tonight in earnest.

Scuttlebutt

In the form of a team release, the Jays announce the winners of their 2012 R. Howard Webster Awards, which go to the most valuable players at each of the clubs minor league affiliates, and this year include Adeiny Hechavarria, Justin Nicolino, and Javier Avendano.

Lastly (or… y’know… secondly), for your between inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked. (Audio here). (Subscribe on iTunes for audio and video).



TV: Sportsnet One, TVA

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
Y. Escobar SS
A. Lind 1B
J. Arencibia C
K. Johnson 2B
M. Sierra RF
A. Gose LF

B. Morrow RHP

New York Yankees

D. Jeter SS
I. Suzuki RF
A. Rodriguez DH
R. Cano 2B
N. Swisher 1B
C. Granderson CF
R. Martin C
R. Ibanez LF
J. Nix 3B

I. Nova RHP

Batter WPA aLI
3B – Lawrie -0.049 0.89
CF – Rasmus -0.023 0.44
LF – McCoy -0.025 1.31
DH – Encarnacion 0.043 0.44
1B – Lind 0.029 0.95 Pitcher WPA aLI
RF – Sierra 0.077 1.01 SP – Laffey -0.332 1.35
2B – Johnson 0.038 0.84 RP – Lincoln -0.151 0.70
C – Arencibia -0.053 0.55 RP – Cecil -0.042 0.28
SS – Hechavarria -0.008 0.56 RP – Frasor 0.003 0.05
LF – Gose -0.016 0.79 RP – Carreno 0.008 0.09

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Game Threat. Game Threat, Game Threat, Game Threat.

Hmmmm…

Game Threeeeeeeaat. Ahhh…. yeah.

Nope.

Scuttlebutt

As you can see below, Edwin Encarnacion is back in the lineup tonight– at DH.

From a series of tweets by John Lott:

Farrell says he will sit down with Escobar tomorrow in Tampa on his return from suspension; topic unspecified. But Farrell said he has sat down Escobar on previous occasions to talk about “baseball things.” Asked whether hogging pop-ups all over the infield was a discussion topic, JF replied: “baseball things.”

Gold!

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
A. Lind 1B
M. Sierra RF
K. Johnson 2B
J. Arencibia C
A. Hechavarria SS
A. Gose LF

A. Laffey LHP

New York Yankees

D. Jeter SS
N. Swisher RF
R. Cano 2BB
A. Rodriguez DH
R. Martin C
C. Granderson CF
C. McGehee 1B
I. Suzuki LF
J. Nix 3B

P. Hughes RHP

BatterWPAaLI PH / C – Arencibia-0.0120.45

RF – Davis -0.221 2.16
CF – Rasmus -0.090 1.02
3B – Lawrie 0.051 0.90
1B – Lind 0.003 1.26
C – Mathis 0.095 2.84
PH / 2B – Johnson 0.095 2.84
DH – Sierra -0.080 1.54
2B/1B – Vizquel 0.245 1.62 Pitcher WPA aLI
SS – Hechavarria -0.144 1.81 SP – Alvarez -0.100 0.51
LF – Gose -0.144 1.81 RP – Oliver -0.058 0.46

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