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Blue Jays invite 23 non-roster players to big league spring training

Sorry to everyone who owns a Maicer Izturis #3 jersey. Not about the change of number, but just sorry in general.
Sorry to everyone who owns a Maicer Izturis #3 jersey. Not about the change of number, but just sorry in general.
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Nine non-roster players were invited to the Blue Jays' major league spring training camp: pitchers Miguel Castro, Roberto Osuna, and Gregory Infante, infielder Mitch Nay, outfielders Anthony Alford, Dwight Smith Jr., and catchers Derrick Chung, Jack Murphy, and Sean Ochinko. They join the 14 minor leaguers who already had invitations earlier this offseason.

Anthony Alford, Mitch Nay, Dwight Smith Jr., Miguel Castro, Scott Copeland, and Robert Osuna get their first career invites. Alex Anthopoulos is very encouraged by Miguel Castro, telling Bob McCown on Prime Time Sports Wednesday evening that the right-handed pitcher Castro "has a chance to make the team" out of spring training in a relief role (although he quickly added that he doesn't expect it to happen).

Of particular note is that Ricky Romero is not among the list of non-roster invitees (NRIs). His old number 24 has even been recycled for invitee Jake Fox. Sort of intriguing!

Other uniform number notes:

  • As of the time of posting, two players were assigned #15 according to Danny Valencia (who wore it last year) and Chris Colabello. Fight! Fight! Fight!
  • Devon Travis has been assigned #9, which was worn by Cole Gillespie for his single game as a Blue Jay, and late-season addition John Mayberry Jr.
  • Maicer Izturis switches his #3 for Brett Lawrie's old #13, a number Izturis wore during his final years with the Angels. NRI outfielder Ezequiel Carrera gets #3.
  • We knew about this already, but Marcus Stroman will be wearing his new #6 to spring training. His old #54 goes to NRI reliever Scott Copeland. A.J. Jimenez switches from the #6 he had held since being added to the 40-man roster to #8, last worn by Anthony Gose last year.
  • Liam Hendriks, who wore #39 in his first tour in Toronto, will be wearing #31 this year, the number worn by his trademate Erik Kratz and Kendall Graveman in 2014.
  • Brandon Morrow's old #23 and Dustin McGowan's old #29 have yet to be re-assigned. Does that give some hope the Blue Jays will sign McGowan to a minor league deal?
  • New bullpen coach Dane Johnson will wear #38 (Brad Mills in 2014), the number he wore with the White Sox in his major league debut back in 1994. Brook Jacoby takes over the #26 (Adam Lind in 2014) he wore for the vast majority of his career.

Sortable Spring Training Uniform Numbers

# Player List
1 Jonathan Diaz NRI
2 Luis Rivera Coach
3 Ezequiel Carrera NRI
4 Kyle Drabek 40-Man
5 John Gibbons Manager
6 Marcus Stroman 40-Man
7 Jose Reyes 40-Man
8 A.J. Jimenez 40-Man
9 Devon Travis NRI
10 Edwin Encarnacion 40-Man
11 Kevin Pillar 40-Man
12 RETIRED Retired
13 Maicer Izturis 40-Man
14 Justin Smoak 40-Man
15 Chris Colabello 40-Man
15 Danny Valencia 40-Man
16 DeMarlo Hale Coach
17 Ryan Goins 40-Man
18 Steve Tolleson 40-Man
19 Jose Bautista 40-Man
20 Josh Donaldson 40-Man
21 Michael Saunders 40-Man
22 Josh Thole 40-Man
23 Unassigned Available
24 Jake Fox NRI
25 Marco Estrada 40-Man
26 Brook Jacoby Coach
27 Brett Cecil 40-Man
28 Matt Hague 40-Man
29 Unassigned Available
30 Dioner Navarro 40-Man
31 Liam Hendriks 40-Man
32 Daniel Norris 40-Man
33 Andy Dirks NRI
34 Tim Leiper Coach
35 Jeff Francis NRI
36 Drew Hutchison 40-Man
37 Daric Barton NRI
38 Dane Johnson Coach
39 Caleb Gindl NRI
40 Pete Walker Coach
41 Aaron Sanchez 40-Man
42 RETIRED Retired
43 R.A. Dickey 40-Man
44 Cory Burns NRI
45 Dalton Pompey 40-Man
46 Wilton Lopez NRI
47 Bo Schultz 40-Man
48 Greg Burke NRI
49 Colt Hynes 40-Man
50 Steve Delabar 40-Man
51 Juan Pablo Oramas 40-Man
52 Ryan Tepera 40-Man
53 Gregory Infante NRI
54 Scott Copeland NRI
55 Russell Martin 40-Man
56 Mark Buehrle 40-Man
57 Preston Guilmet 40-Man
58 Todd Redmond 40-Man
59 Rob Rasmussen 40-Man
60 Eric Owens Coach
61 Alex Andreopoulos Coach
62 Aaron Loup 40-Man
63 Scott Barnes 40-Man
64 Chad Jenkins 40-Man
65 Jesus Figueroa Coach
66 Munenori Kawasaki NRI
67 Andrew Albers NRI
68 Derrick Chung NRI
69 Sean Ochinko NRI
70 Jack Murphy NRI
71 Miguel Castro NRI
72 Roberto Osuna NRI
73 Mitch Nay NRI
74 Dwight Smith Jr. NRI
75 Anthony Alford NRI
76 Matt West 40-Man

There just might be a future Sporcle quiz on uniform numbers, so study up!