There isn’t much for news this morning.
Lourdes Gurriel ‘left’ yesterday’s intrasquad game with discomfort in his side. We are going to see a number of these injuries with the short training time, but if Lourdes has to miss some time during the season, it wouldn’t be good.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the team sets up the 30 man roster. I’d think they will have 14 batters and 16 pitchers. 11 guys in the bullpen seems like too many to me, too many to keep track of, too many to keep throwing regular, but this is a weird season.
I’d think the taxi squad would have a catcher, likely Caleb Joseph (well, it has to have a catcher), a jack of all trades type batter (I’d guess Santiago Espinal) and a pitcher who is stretched out, who they feel could give us 3 innings or so if needed. Someone like Thomas Hatch or T.J. Zeuch? Whoever is looking good at the end of camp.
The batters would likely be:
Catchers: Reese McGuire, Danny Jansen.
Infielders: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, Travis Shaw (presuming he’s healthy), Rowdy Tellez, Joe Panik, Breyvic Valera (maybe, he and Santiago trade spots).
Outfielders: Teoscar Hernandez, Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel (again, presuming he’s healthy), Derek Fisher, Anthony Alford.
The pitchers are more of guessing stuff. Nate Pearson will miss the first 7 days, but I’m thinking they add him after that. Of course pitchers will change depending on sore arms.
Starters: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Matt Shoemaker, Tanner Roark, Ryan Borucki, Trent Thornton.
Bullpen: Ken Giles, Shun Yamaguchi, Rafael Dolis, Jordan Romano, Anthony Bass, Sam Gavigilio, A.J. Cole, Jake Petricka, Anthony Kay (he could be a starter), Jake Waguespack.
And somebody? Thomas Hatch? Ty Tice?
And, of course, the team could go with 13 bats and 17 pitchers.
Tell me who I forgot about in the comments.
We are 6 days away from the start of the season and we still don’t know where the Blue Jays are going to play their home games. It is hard to believe. We live in interesting times.
I don’t think I could go up here.
Catwalk view at the top of the Rogers Centre pic.twitter.com/kie8KIfaJe— Anthony Bass (@AnthonyBass52) July 18, 2020
CBC News has learned the federal government will announce today whether it is okay for the Blue Jays to play ball in Toronto during the Covid-19 pandemic.— David Cochrane (@CochraneCBC) July 18, 2020
Ottawa is expected to inform the team of its decision on Saturday whether to approve MLB's plan for a 60-game season.
What do you think, will they stay or will they go?