Missing from the Blue Jays' first official workout today was closer apparent Brett Cecil, who has been "throwing up all over the place", according to a rather graphic manager John Gibbons (via Barry Davis).
Cecil, who probably ate something bad and is experiencing food poisoning, has had more than a fair share of kitchen incidents that have caused him to miss baseball. In 2010 he cut his thumb while slicing chicken breasts and 2011 he got hurt his finger again as he was cleaning a blender.
While Josh Thole was shown playing catch with R.A. Dickey yesterday and catching Dickey's bullpens today, Gibbons will be giving Russell Martin opportunities to receive the knuckleball this spring.
Gibbons says from here on out you'll see Martin catching Dickey's pens. They will give him every chance to learn to catch it. #BlueJays— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) February 23, 2015
Dioner Navarro is obviously still unhappy with his situation, and is looking for a new home where he can play everyday (although I don't know if he'll find somewhere in the majors other than perhaps with the Diamondbacks and Rangers). In fact, he asked the Blue Jays for a trade the day they signed Russell Martin. Navarro says he didn't know what went wrong in 2014 that caused Toronto to look at Martin, so Gideon Turk responded:
Dioner Navarro doesn’t understand what went wrong last season. Example A: http://t.co/AfjDjK7UHv Example B: http://t.co/WAywCFmcqX— Gideon Turk (@gideonturk) February 23, 2015
In other news, John Gibbons told Shi Davidi that Edwin Encarnacion will be his first baseman this year, with the designated hitter role rotating between a combination of Justin Smoak, Dioner Navarro, Danny Valencia, as well as Encarnacion on occasion. Also, check back in mid-March to see if a decision has been made on Aaron Sanchez's role, as that's the time Gibbons has set for the club to decide on it.
In other other news, Munenori Kawasaki has arrived in camp and is wearing a Japanese-style headband that says "神風", or transliterated, "kamikaze".
Look who made it to Dunedin this morning. #bluejays pic.twitter.com/EOFjtdJMuL— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) February 23, 2015
Perhaps I am over-sensitive, but with so much bad historical baggage behind that word, I don't think it is the wisest thing to wear.