We need a thread to catalogue the Jays woes over this long weekend. As Dirk Hayhurst said today todays game is brought to you by the Red Cross. In case you missed it here is yesterday's news:
- the Jays tied the game on a 3 run home run in the ninth by Jeff Mathis
- The Jays lost in 15 innings
- Brett Lawrie left the game in the first inning with a sore side/rib cage
- Colby Rasmus left the game in extra innings with what is believed to be a strained groin
- After the game Brett Cecil was sent down, and Drew Carpenter was DFA'd
- Jesse Chavez and Adeiny Hechavarria have been recalled
There is not many media from Toronto with the team in Oakland and the game ended at approx. 3am so news is short until the team shows up today.
The first issue is what of Brett Cecil. Was he going to be sent out anyway after yesterday's start or did yesterday's start trigger something? Cecil appeared to pitch well for stretches but did leave a number of pitches in the middle of the plate. The first two runs came on 0-2 pitches that were down the middle.
Is Cecil finished as a starter? There has been a lot of speculation that Cecil should become a reliever.
Jay Happ is taking Cecil's spot in the rotation. The Jay's traded for Happ to be a starter and they need to evaluate him.
Hechavarria may have to play third base today even though he has never played there before. At least we will get a look at his bat.
Missed in all the injury stories is that Edwin Encarnacion is in the middle of a slump
The Jays used all of their key relievers in last nights game so their availability is uncertain for today.
Today's lineup could be missing Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, JP Arencibia, Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie. Plus Edwin Encarnacion is nursing a sore heel and hasn't been available to play first base.
On the mound today is Ricky Romero. Romero did pitch better last time out even if the results weren't great. Hopefully he can build on that today.