Note: Confirmed via Sportsnet, which is owned by the same people who own the Jays thus I'd put this in 100% official status.
Opening day for the Jays is next Tuesday. Opening day for most teams is next Monday. The Jays have four games left in Florida and two in Philadelphia as they make their way back to Toronto. The roster is now getting clearer:
Brett Lawrie will start the season on the DL.
The Jays will likely start the season with an 8 man bullpen. The Jays think it will be easier to get Jeremy Jeffress through waivers a week into the season than it will be just before opening day.
Henry Blanco has made the roster, Josh Thole is headed to Buffalo.
Brad Lincoln has also been optioned to Buffalo, he has been nursing a sore shoulder.
Having our "HEY PHIL, EJECT THIS" sign ejected from the Rogers Centre. Irritating the Yankee pitching staff from all the way up in the 500 level so much that they complained to stadium security. Richard Griffin telling me in person how much he disliked an article about him without realizing I had written the article. These things were the very definition of Dubious Achievements. And now I may have out-dubiously achieved all of our exploits.
I didn't set out to create the World's Worst Fantasy Baseball League. But guys... Oh man, have I ever done a bad thing.
The WBC is over, the Dominican Republic are "World Champions" and the Jays will have all of their players in camp within a day or two. The Jays have eleven days of spring games left before they head north for the Tuesday home opener. There are few decisions left to be made, basically the backup catcher and the long man in the bullpen. Otherwise the roster is set, the starting pitchers are known, the batting lineup is 90% set with second base the one unknown.
Spring training, up to this point, has had as its objective to get the players in shape, particularly the pitchers arms. Players returning from injury need to be tested. And roles and responsibilities need to be defined.
Here’s a thread to discuss all the latest spring training developments from Dunedin and around the majors while we all anxiously await Canada’s opening match in the World Baseball Classic on Friday afternoon.
Today at 1:05, the Jays face off against the Phillies. It's a great game for new-Jay spotting: R.A. Dickey will start, followed by Josh Johnson a handful of innings later. The game will be televised, radioized and internetized, so tune in whatever way floats your boat. I'll see if I can convince my kids to watch with me. Maybe I'll bribe them with chips or popcorn.
2012 first round pick D.J. Davis is the highest rated position player in the Jays farm system according to Baseball America.
No. 2 and trying harder: Roberto Osuna was Keith Law's number two Blue Jays prospect. The Mexican righty just turned 18 today.
Jack Morris is the new Alan Ashby. Morris will be the play by play guy on radio and cover on TV when Buck or Tabler are on vacation.
Is this good? I don't know, has anyone ever heard Jack do analysis?
Meanwhile Sportsnet announced their spring training coverage....six TV games starting February 23rd, and all the games on radio or web.