Is there a rift in the Blue Jays' clubhouse? Yes, at least for today: the team will be split into two to play two Grapefruit League games today, with one staying in Dunedin to face the Houston Astros, while the other will be going off on an hour-long bus ride to Lakeland to face the Tigers.
Colby Rasmus will not be travelling to Dunedin to meet his old pals, and Drew Hutchison will not be travelling to Lakeland to visit his old stomping grounds. However, Asher Wojciechowski is on the Astros' travelling squad.
Lineup @ Dunedin
|HOUSTON ASTROS||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Robbie Grossman - RF||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Jonathan Villar - SS||Russell Martin - C|
|Evan Gattis - LF||
|Chris Carter - 1B||Justin Smoak - DH|
|Jonathan Singleton - DH||Danny Valencia - 1B|
|Jake Marisnick - CF||Chris Colabello - RF|
|Matt Dominguez - 3B||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Hank Conger - C||Steve Tolleson - 3B|
|Gregorio Petit - 2B||Maicer Izturis - 2B|
|Collin McHugh - SP||Marcus Stroman - SP|
UPDATE: Chris Dickerson enters the starting lineup after Dayan Viciedo was scratched for a yet-unknown reason.
Mike Wilner provides us with the list of the Jays who will be going to Lakeland (not Kissimmee as he claims in the tweet). Jose Bautista and Dalton Pompey drew the short straws and will be on the bus trip. John Gibbons will be making the trip so the Dunedin game will likely be managed by DeMarlo Hale. The lineup for that game has not been announced yet.
UPDATE: Here's the lineup for the Lakeland game.
Our SS lineup vs DET in Lakeland: Carrera-LF Pompey-CF Bautista-DH Navarro-C Gindl-RF Barton-1B Santiago-SS Travis-2B Kawasaki-3B Norris-P— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) March 9, 2015
After the split squad game today the Blue Jays will #ComeTogether again to face the Twins in Dunedin on Tuesday.
I have not had a chance to read through it yet, but FanGraphs just put out a Blue Jays prospect evaluation post right here. Take a look at it before the games begin!