- A while back, Jon Weisman tracked each of the roster spots from the 2002 Dodger roster to see how much turnover occurred during the season. As the number of injuries mount and ineffective players are demoted, a team's roster tends to look somewhat different at the end of the season than it did at the beginning. I'm interested in tracking the Blue Jays' changes this season, because roster changes are seemingly occurring every week, and most of them sneak up on me. Here are the transactions that have taken place as of now, taken from the Toronto Blue Jays Homepage:
5/11/06 Recalled RHP Jason Frasor from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned RHP Dustin McGowan to Triple-A.
5/5/06 Optioned RHP Vinnie Chulk to Triple-A Syracuse and called up RHP Francisco Rosario from Syracuse.
5/2/06 Optioned LHP Brian Tallet to Triple-A Syracuse and removed LHP Scott Downs from the bereavement list.
4/30/06 Optioned RHP Shaun Marcum to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled LHP Brian Tallet from Triple-A Syracuse.
4/29/06 LHP Scott Downs was placed on the bereavement list and RHP Shaun Marcum was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
4/28/06 Optioned RHP Jason Frasor to Triple-A Syracuse and recalled RHP Dustin McGowan from Triple-A Syracuse.
4/27/06 Called up RHP Casey Janssen from Triple-A Syracuse.
4/26/06 Optioned RHP Shaun Marcum to Triple-A Syracuse.
4/22/06 Placed RHP A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list and recalled RHP Shaun Marcum from Triple-A Syracuse.
4/15/06 Activated RHP A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list.
4/14/06 Optioned LHP Brian Tallet to Triple-A Syracuse.
4/12/06 Outrighted C Jason Phillips to Triple-A Syracuse and RHP Vince Perkins was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.
4/8/06 Activated C Gregg Zaun from the 15-day disabled list.
4/7/06 Designated C Jason Phillips for assignment.
This season, the Blue Jays have used 29 players, four more than they began the season with. That should only rise as the season progresses, obviously, and it shows how much fluctuation occurs as the season progresses. Most of these transactions have included pitchers rather than position players, and that's mostly due to the fact that much of this season's injuries and ineffectiveness can be attributed to the team's pitchers. In fact, Gregg Zaun is the only non-pitcher to miss much time due to injury-related reasons. Now, though not to the same extent as the pitchers, the offense has had its weaknesses. Aaron Hill and Russ Adams have struggled mightlity, but Blue Jays management is more less restricted to make use of other options. Perhaps more than any other team, the Blue Jays' farm system is loaded with MLB-ready pitching prospects but devoid of MLB-ready position players. As a result, Hill, Adams, and almost every other everyday player is assured a spot on the roster.
Troy Glaus and Bengie Molina, both formerly of Angels, will return to Anaheim tonight for the first time since they departed. On Halos Heaven, the poll question asks how the crowd should act upon their return. As of now, here are the results:
Boo them both 2 votes - 4 %
Boo Bengie, Cheer Troy 1 vote - 2 %
Cheer Bengie, Boo Troy 2 votes - 4 %
Cheer Them Both 30 votes - 61 %
Polite Applause 11 votes - 22 %
(yawn) 3 votes - 6 %
From that small sample, we're able to infer that most Angels fans have no ill feelings towards either player. Glaus and Molina left more as a result of the wishes of management than personal preference. I expect a loud, nostalgia-driven applause by the fans. Poster Jack Frost will be attending the game, so hopefully he'll let us know more about the fans' overall reaction.
- Roy Halladay was named the Major League Baseball player of the week for May 7-13. To be blunt, he was spectacular. He won twice -- against the Angels and Devil Rays -- and threw two complete games on a combined 186 pitches. He's only struck out 24 batters in 49.1 innings, but he's given up a mere eight walks during that same span. As virtually everyone expected, he's an early Cy Young candidate.
Gustavo Chacin's health is progressing more quickly than originally expected. Not only will he likely not go on the DL, but he may start this Saturday against the Rockies.
Update: Chacin has been placed on the DL and will be eligible to return on May 26th. Considering the recent, positive prognosis and the fact that the Blue Jays are in no position to lose another starter for an extended period of time, this comes as awful news.
- Jeff Sackmann's Minor League Splits Database has been a huge success. For instance, check out Brew Crew Ball's unique visitor totals from Friday to Thursday of last week: