Rauch Rolls Ankle

Lost in all of the opinions being put forth on the rumoured Jose Bautista contract was a piece of Spring Training minutiae involving Toronto Blue Jays closer candidate Jon Rauch.

The Raucher twisted his ankle going down a flight of stairs, which judging by his body art, one can only assume he does in an extreme fashion.  The injury isn’t serious, but it was enough to keep him out of yesterday’s scheduled bullpen session.

General Manager Alex Anthopoulos intimated this week that the closer’s role would go to either Rauch or Frank Francisco, with manager John Farrell leaning toward Francisco to close out games.

The 32 year old, right handed throwing Rauch signed a one year, $3.5 million contract with the Blue Jaysthis offseason, after arguably the best year of his career.  The former Minnesota Twins interim closer had the tenth best FIP among qualified relievers last season in the American League, just behind Mariano Rivera.