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The Toronto Blue Jays have decided that 3rd baseman Scott Rolen is ready to be activated on Friday at Kansas City after being out nearly 4-weeks with a broken finger.
The Jays will likely option catcher Robinzon Diaz or infielder Joe Inglett back to the Chiefs later today. Diaz called up last week when Toronto released Frank Thomas has yet to appear in a game, while Inglett who was called up after playing only 8-games with the Chiefs has batted .290 in a utility role.
The Toronto Blue Jays are down to their final week of baseball in Dunedin, Florida before making the trip North to begin the season against the New York Yankees on March 31st and roster spots are due to be made.
Position players (catchers, infielders and outfielders) seem to be set with Gregg Zaun and Rod Barajas at catcher with non-roster invitee Sal Fasano likely to be released rather than sent to AAA-Syracuse.
Lyle Overbay, Aaron Hill, David Eckstein, Scott Rolen will start in the infield with Marcus Scutaro and John MacDonald providing back-up at every position. Frank Thomas is the Designated Hitter.
That leaves four outfield spots with Vernon Wells, Alex Rios and Matt Stairs all set. The Blue jays must make a decision on Reed Johnson or Shannon Stewart for the final spot. Many teams have inquired about the Jays surplus and a trade could help alleviate the situation.
Non-roster infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Matt Watson could be sent to AAA-Syracuse by the end of the week.
The pitching staff includes a rotation of Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Dustin McGowan and Shawn Marcum. Righty Jesse Litsch is slated to be the number 5-guy in the rotation and the Blue Jays have done nothing to suggest he won’t, unless a late season trade occurs.
The Bullpen has Jeremy Accardo as the closer until B.J. Ryan returns, while Brandon League, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs appear set. That leaves three spots remaining for 10-remaining pitchers in camp.
The Jays will likely keep one additional lefty to Scott Downs and holdover Brian Tallet would seem to be the guy. But the Jays also brought to camp John Parrish, Mike Gosling and Jesse Carlson who have all pitched well. In addition, they picked up another lefty Billy Murphy last week from Arizona.
If Tallet makes the club look for the remainder to be sent to Syracuse.
That leaves two spots for righthanders with rule five selection Randy Wells and Brian Wolfe leading the pack. They are being challenged by free agent spring training pick-up Armando Benitez, Shawn Camp and Kane Davis.
Either way there are still 19 pitchers in camp with only 12 roster spots available. This week games will decide who wins jobs in April. Stay tuned.
David Srinivasan, a special contributor to ESPN.COM, mentioned Adam Lind and Dustin McGowan in his Minor Achievement: Adding it all up on Friday.
Lind has hit a homer in each of the last two games and has found a home in the #2 slot in the Blue Jays lineup. Hitting in front of Vernon Wells, Frank Thomas, Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay, Lind has scored 9 runs in 13 games. For all you fantasy players with room on your roster Lind would make a nice addition.
McGowan has pitched outstanding this season although his 1-2 record doesn’t show for it. In five starts McGowan has struck out 29 while allowing just 9 walks over 22 innings. With Josh Towers having been moved to the bullpen Victor Zambrano will get the next shot as the Jays #5 starter. If Zambrano also falters the Jays have a nice insurance policy in Triple-A with McGowan. If you noticed yesterday the Blue Jays five spot started and McGowan is starting on the same day in the Syracuse rotation.
It is the Night before Christmas and we hope that everyone has reached their destinations safely and can now sit back relax and enjoy the greatest night of the year.
We here at MLBlogs.com hope that you have enjoyed our somewhat serious, somewhat funny post during the year. We have enjoyed providing the Baseball/Chiefs fans with up-to date information that only Chiefs Blogs can provide.
So as you sit back and relax this evening with a glass of egg nog with the company of family and friends lets leave Santa with a list of things we would all like to see in 2007:
* First Place finish in the I.L. East and a Governors Cup Championship and a trip to the Bricktown Showdown in Oklahoma City in September.
* One more good season from Chad Mottola as he continues to rewrite the Chiefs record book.
* A healthy John Ford Griffin so he can duplicate his 30 HR’s and 103 RBI’s from the 2005 season.
* Adam Lind all season
* Kevin Barker, Chad Mottola and John Ford Griffin in the 3-4-5 spot.
* 25 starts from Dustin McGowan, John Banks, Ismael Ramirez, Ty Taubenheim and Casey Janssen without being called up once.
* No Rainouts the entire season.
* For Nick Pirro and the County Legistlature to approve funding for the relacement of the artifical turf, new video scoreboard and lights so our centerfielder can see the ball.
* A new shortstop or a good deal of improvement from Sergio Santos in 2007.
* Lee Gronkiewicz to save 35 games.
* No injuries in Toronto (unless it’s Frank Thomas).
* Frank Thomas to rehab in Syracuse for a week.
* More fans to watch Chiefs Baseball than ever before.
* A positive story about the Chiefs from our local newspaper.
* Russ Adams to rebound from his 2006 season and get back to the major leagues.
* Chiefs players to be the envy of the I.L. with our hot new uniforms.
* Snow on April 5th, now that we are Opening the season in Durham.
* 70 degrees and sunny on April 14th vs Ottawa for the Home Opener.
* Scooch to have another mascot to help him at the stadium.
* Jeff Costello and the Everything Irish Committee good weather on July 12th so they don’t get rained out for the 3rd straight year.
* Cooler weather for our next Dog Lover’s Night this summer.
* A new Picnic Area for fans to enjoy.
* Bud Poliquin to actually stay for a game.
* And good health to everyone young and old for the year to come.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
With the Baseball Winter Meetings from Orlando, FL concluded it’s time to analyze moves made and not made by the parent Toronto Blue Jays General Manager JP Riccardi. By striking out on Ted Lilly and Gil Meche the Jays saved between 30-40 million on payroll over the next four years. Lilly ended up receiving 10-million per year and Meche 11-million. The often injury prone Lilly was not worth the gamble over four years, while Meche was inconsistent in Seattle over the past three years. With Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett as solid number one and two starters, the Jays need only to add a number three or four guy to their rotation. Gustavio Chacin who has won 24 games the past two seasons could be a number three. That leaves Josh Towers, Shawn Marcum or Dustin McGowan to battle for the fifth spot that with off-days makes between 24-26 starts a year….Lost in all the non-pitching moves was the players Toronto picked up this off-season. Frank Thomas as a full-time Designated Hiitter was huge. Matt Stairs who hit 14 home runs and drove in 51 runs last season will replace Frank Cattalanatto and provide more power off the bench. By deciding on Greg Zaun over Bengie Molina and Rod Barajas, the Jays pitching staff, who liked Zaun better will be more comfortable on the mound and the addition of Royce Clayton gives the Jays and up-grade on offense up the middle….NAME DROPPING at the Dolphin Hotel: seen talking in the lobby were Chiefs Executive Vice President Tex Simone with former Chiefs manager and Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox and his infield teamate on the 1970 Championship team Matt Galante now working with Houston. Phillies GM Pat Gillick looks forward to visiting Syracuse this season to see his AAA-club that has moved to Ottawa from Scranton. Brewers Assistant GM Gord Ash reports that his son Aaron, a frequent visitor to Syracuse when Gord was the boss in Toronto, has made the travel team of his area hockey club in Milwaukee. Longtime Blue Jays trainer and Director of Florida Operations Ken Carson will step down this year after 30-years of service to the Blue Jays. Ken will remain on as a consultant for the Florida based operation in Dunedin. Longtime Los Angeles Angeles Scout Moose Stubing has left that team to work for the Washington Nationals. Moose has been a frequent visitor to Syracuse over the years. RULE 5 HELP: The Blue Jays selected infielder Jason Smith from the Cubs in the rule 5 major league draft. Smith, 28, will be placed on the 40-man roster of Toronto. If he fails to make the club out of spring training, Smith can be sent to Syracuse or offered back to the Cubs for half the waiver price of $25,000. At 28 years old Smith would likely clear and give the Chiefs additional infield potection. At the present time, infielders include Chip Cannon and Kevin Barker at first base, Russ Adams and Ryan Roberts at second base, Sergio Santos and possibly Jason Smith at shortstop and John Hattig and Rob Cosby at third. It’s more than likely that only six of the eight players begin the year in Syracuse. The Jays also signed another big-time minor league free agent that will be added to the roster soon. Look for an announcement on our website next week.
With the signing of free agent Frank Thomas by the Blue Jays on Friday the Jays took care of their designated hitter needs and unless they trade one of their three outfielders Reed Johnson, Vernon Wells or Alex Rios super prospect Adam Lind will likely begin the season in Syracuse. That’s a good thing and something we thought people in Syracuse would be excited about. Not true. A good number of fans have told us this weekend that due to the fact that Frank Thomas has been injured so much from 2003-2005, that they look forward to seeing the future hall of famer in Syracuse during the next two years on an injury rehab assignment. Go figure.
Just 21 more weeks until OPENING DAY 2007 at Alliance Bank Stadium……How about those Blue Jays signing FRANK THOMAS for thier designated hitter spot. That all but assures that super prospect ADAM LIND will start the season in Syracuse for 2007. A potential Chiefs lineup that includes Jeff Duncan CF, Adam Lind LF, Chad Mottola RF, John-Ford Griffin-DH, Kevin Barker-1B, Rob Cosby-3B, Curtis Thigpen-c, Russ Adams-2B, and Ryan Roberts/or Sergio Santos SS wouldn’t look so bad…..Former Chiefs in the news – catcher Ken Huckaby signed with the Dodgers and will likely spend the season in Las Vegas (PCL), Former Chiefs infielder Nelson Liriano was named hitting coach for the KC Royals single A team in Wilmington….Former Chiefs outfiedler Rick Leach was the Michigan quarterback for four seasons under Bo Schembechler, who passed away on Friday. Rick was heard earlier today on ESPN Radio’s Dan Patrick show talking about his former coach…Prediction time: Uconn 31 Orange 27 and Michigan 16 Ohio State 14…..Dont forget to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” on Saturday November 18th on ESPN RADIO 1260 AM at 9:00 AM when Chiefs General Manager John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chiefs players Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker……It was reported today that Doug Davis, who managed New Hampshire (Eastern League) last season will be named the Chiefs next manager. Mike Basso, who managed the team last season would become the organizations roving catching instructor. Look for an announcement from the team on Monday…..Chiefs Annual Stockholders Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 21st at Alliance Bank Stadium. The ballclub will report its financial statement for the year ending 2006 and give an overview on the upcomming 2007 season….Have a great weekend.