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jury or a couple of calami

Post by lw789 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:12 am

DUNEDIN, Florida – Surely, after Drew Hutchisons latest Grapefruit League performance, only injury or a couple of calamitous outings will keep him out of the Blue Jays starting rotation when camp breaks in a little over two weeks. Manager John Gibbons wasnt taking the bait on Friday afternoon following his clubs 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Red Sox. "When we put the team together, well announce it at the end," said Gibbons. "Nice try, though." Pressed further, Gibbons was only slightly more willing to share what everyone believes hes thinking about his 23-year-old right-hander. "Hes doing everything he needs to do," said Gibbons. "When the time comes, everybody will know." Hutchison pitched five innings on Friday with his only blemish coming in the fifth, when a Corey Brown double cashed in Jonny Gomes. He struck out seven Red Sox, didnt walk a batter, scattered four hits and threw 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes. Once again, Hutchison commanded the strike zone. Continuing the trend he set from the start of camp, Hutchisons fastball routinely clocked at 95 miles per hour. Surely the young hurler knows hes pitching his way onto the team. Regardless, he insists hes not looking ahead, his post-start dance with the media as seasoned as his stuff on the mound. "Stay in the moment," said Hutchison. "It doesnt do me any benefit to think ahead or think behind. You just focus on each pitch and continue to execute and perform." The Blue Jays love Hutchisons will to compete. Coaches say hes not satisfied with being a big leaguer. He wants more; he expects to be a staff ace one day. Hutchison displayed that mentality in a full count showdown with Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli to lead off the second inning. He lamented a two-strike change-up earlier in the at-bat. Napoli fouled it off. Hutchison felt he could have better gotten on top of the pitch. He went back to the fastball and, on the eighth pitch of the showdown, froze Napoli with a heater on the outside corner. He addressed the approach to Napoli. "When you get in that deep of a count, youve got to win that," said Hutchison. "It drives your pitch count up, so youve got to make sure you get him." If the Blue Jays are to contend in the American League East, the club needs at least one pitcher to step up and pleasantly surprise. Hutchison fits the bill, although he isnt shocked in the least by his successful spring. "No, Im not surprised," he said. "As far as everybody else, Im not really concerned about it. I prepared myself coming into camp to have a good camp and have a good year." HAPP FEELS "GOOD" J.A. Happ threw three scoreless innings in a minor league game on Friday. It marked his first appearance in more than a week with what the Blue Jays and Happ say inflammation in his back. "I felt good," said Happ. "It was good. Exciting. I felt normal out there, which is really nice." He threw 43 pitches, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Happ was away from the Blue Jays for two days last Friday and Saturday. The Blue Jays say Happ was prescribed bed rest. Happ didnt want to miss any time. "I wasnt too far away," said Happ. "It was just something we need to take a step backward in order to go forward. We tried to take care of it with a few things and I think it definitely helped." What exactly was wrong? "Just some inflammation," said Happ. "We think there was something that was kind of pushing on the nerve that was sending some discomfort my way for a little while. We tried to ease that and I think weve taken a step in the right direction." The Blue Jays had a radar gun at Happs start. Happ said his fastball clocked 91-93 miles per hour. He hopes to build to 90 pitches by his final spring start. Happ didnt wish to address comments made last week by general manager Alex Anthopoulos that hes now competing for a spot in the starting rotation. "My comment is no comment," he said. "That was probably disappointing to hear but theres nothing I want to say about it." Manager John Gibbons has only one concern about Happ. "Weve got to make sure his back is healthy." DIAZ BACK "HOME" After one season with the Red Sox organization, infielder Jonathan Diaz is back where his career began. "It almost feels like I never left," he said. "It feels like home. I was here for so long and Im very familiar with a lot of the guys and the coaches, so it just feels like home." Diaz, 28, was a 12th-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2006. At 59" and 165 pounds, hes a smaller player known for his big glove. Often playing in the back end of Grapefruit League games, hes seemingly matched starter Jose Reyes big play for big play. It hast been an easy journey. Diaz was the final cut from Blue Jays camp in the spring of 2011. Playing at Triple-A Las Vegas, hed gotten off to the best offensive start of his career. In mid-May, he and his wife Kerry were in the backseat of a Vegas taxi. The driver ran a red light. The car was t-boned. Diaz suffered a concussion. Kerry had broken ribs, a separated shoulder and a lacerated spleen. Both were knocked unconscious and awoke in hospital. Diaz needed two months to recover from the symptoms. "It was hard focusing, disoriented and all that stuff," he said. "The funny thing was, when I started running, my eyes had a hard time adjusting and they would wobble." When he returned after the All-Star Break, Diaz was at Double-A New Hampshire. He would finish the season there. When Yunel Escobar went down in September, Diaz hoped for a call up and the chance to make his major league debut. It wasnt to be. Fast forward almost two years to June 29, 2013, the day Diaz first appeared in a big league game. It was Fenway Park. The Blue Jays were there, but he was wearing a Boston uniform. "It was just like, youre writing a story," said Diaz. "It kind of made me more comfortable because I knew a lot of guys on the other side. I knew what they did and I had a scouting report in my head already about all of the guys, so it made me more comfortable in my first game." Diaz appeared in only five games for the Red Sox, spending most of the season with Bostons top minor-league affiliate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Still, hell be getting a World Series ring. "Its very special," he said. "I wish I would have played a little bit of a bigger part in the whole process, but its definitely something Im going to cherish for a long time." Just getting to the major leagues, when it appeared the taxi cab accident had taken away his chance, means more to Diaz now than he could ever have imagined. "I feel blessed enough to finally make it to the big leagues last year because sometimes the windows in this game are very small and it could have been my only window," he said. "Luckily, I got the opportunity last year with Boston. That took away a lot of the emotional stuff that I had from the accident that maybe Ill never make it again because of it." Tyree Robinson Jersey . McCutchen was cut before the series opener against Seattle on Monday night, when Lewis was set for his first start for Texas since July 18, 2012. Texas selected Lewis contract from Triple-A Round Rock. Wholesale Cowboys Jerseys China . Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller and Tim Jitloff underlined the squads enormous potential on the Rettenbach glacier in Austria. http://www.cheapcowboysjerseyssale.com/ ... ersey-sale. - Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, leaving Tennessee trying to rally with Ryan Fitzpatrick. 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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Blue Jays best September runs - all of which revolved around their five division titles and two World Series victories. But I purposely left one out in case a circumstance like this came up. Remember - though the Jays have won five in a row, theyre still 4 1/2 games back of Detroit for that final wild card slot in the American League and they still have to jump over three teams - the Yankees, Seattle and Detroit - to reach their goal. That said, I bring you the run of 1988. It was the Blue Jays final full season at old Exhibition Stadium. They started September at 66-68 and were fifth in the seven-team American League East, 9 1/2 games back of division-leading Detroit. In fact, they were only a 1 1/2 ahead of sixth-place Cleveland and there were already whispers that manager Jimy Williams could be gone by the end of the season, if not sooner. The 1988 season was the second-last year the Million Dollar Outfield of George Bell, Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield played together as a unit. The pitching staff was anchored by the likes of Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key and Mike Flanagan with youngsters like Todd Stottlemyre and David Wells coming along. The bullpen had the 1-2 punch of Tom Henke and Duane Ward. With Pat Borders, Fred McGriff, Tony Fernandez and Kelly Gruber also on hand, this team had underachieved for the first five months of the season. Then, all of a sudden, something special happened in September. The Blue Jays won six in a row to start the month, followed by four in a row and closed the season on Oct. 2 with a six-game winninng streak.dddddddddddd In total, they went 21-7 over the last 32 days of the campaign. There was no wild card in those days, so it was win the division or bust. Detroit, Boston and the Yankees all hovered around the .500 mark for September. Milwaukee, like the Jays, put on a strong stretch run going 17-8. But at the end of the day, Bostons 15-14 mark for the final month was good enough to let them win the division by just a single game ahead of Detroit - the team that had beaten the Jays out the year before in that gut-wrenching final weekend series at Tiger Stadium. As for the Blue Jays and Milwaukee, they finished in a tie for third at 87-75 1 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees. It was one of the closest division races in history. As a post script, the 1989 Blue Jays got off to a slow start at 12-24, Williams was fired and caught fire under promoted hitting coach Cito Gaston. They won their second division title before losing the ALCS to Rickey Henderson and the Oakland As. One other note from that 1988 season, the Montreal Expos also finished third in the National League East. However, they wound up at 81-81 and ended their season 20 games behind the division-winning New York Mets. I know baseball - and sports for that matter - is all about performance, but it was kind of sad this week to see Kansas City designate veteran lefty Bruce Chen for assignment, especially with the club so close to possibly ending its post-season appearance drought. You can never write off a lefty, but if this is it, Chen compiled an 82-80 record over his 16 seasons in the majors with a 4.58 ERA and one save. He pitched for 10 different organizations - including the Expos - and next to Rod Carew and Mariano Rivera is probably the third most famous Major Leaguer to hail from Panama. The Cubs High A ball affiliate the Daytona Cubs eliminated the Dunedin Blue Jays in two straight in their first round playoff series in the Florida State League. But one of the Cubs prospects caught my eye, or at least his name did. Daytona has a first baseman with one of the All-time great names - Rock Shoulders. Hope hes a clean-up hitter in the majors one day. 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