Let’s all take a moment and send the best of luck to erik.t as he tries to predict the lineup everyday, because it’s just about to be darn near impossible.
Roster Moves: OF Dwight Smith Jr., INF Richard Urena, 1B Rowdy Tellez have been recalled from Buffalo (AAA) and OF Jonathan Davis has been selected to the active roster. RHP Mike Hauschild has been designated for assignment.— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) September 4, 2018
All of this leads to a line-up card looking like this:
Both Tellez and Davis will be making their major league debuts, so a huge congratulations goes out to them. Here’s a little bit of context on Rowdy’s past two seasons:
Emotional year(s) for Rowdy Tellez: Breakout 2016, talk of spring 2017, fizzled on field. 2018 twice returned to Cali to be with his mother, who passed away from cancer. Finished strong: last 42G: .306-7-20, a Top-5 performer for players in the IL with 42+ G played. #bluejays— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) September 4, 2018
Notables missing from the call ups are Anthony Alford, who hasn’t been stellar for most of this year, and Dalton Pompey. It seems like Justin Shafer will be back up soon too.
John Gibbons advice to the #BlueJays young guys:— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) September 4, 2018
“Don’t eat too much of the food. That happens a lot.”
There won’t be nearly enough playing time to go around for everyone, but the team thinks the exposure to the big league environment will be beneficial to their young players.
And then there’s this:
Roster move: RHP Joe Biagini has been placed on the 10-day DL with left oblique strain (retroactive to 9/1) and RHP Jake Petricka has been recalled from Buffalo (AAA).— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) September 4, 2018
Speaking of pitchers, here’s a not so fun fact:
Oof. Here's a complete list of pitchers who have made at least one start for the Blue Jays this season and are currently sitting with an ERA under 4.00 with the club:— Joshua (@JoshuaHowsam) September 4, 2018
The update on Marcus Stroman is also less than optimistic:
No update on Stroman today. "We'll see how he is in a couple of days," Gibbons said. Doesn't want him to pitch with it hindering him. "What's that going to accomplish?"— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) September 4, 2018
Gibbons thinks he should shut it down for the year as a precaution, but won't get in the way. #BlueJays
GM Ross Atkins did a couple of press appearances too, one on Tim and Sid (i’m geo-restricted out, but I’m sure it’s great) and one on TSN 1050. Drew Fairservice wrote a great piece about the Donaldson mess at Vice Sports.
Since I like to end on a positive note, here’s a touching piece on how coaching the Special Olympics impacted Billy McKinney.