Tosca off to rough start

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

TUSCON, Ariz. -- Mike Barnett used to pace like a caged lion around the batting cage.

The ex-Blue Jays hitting coach would move to the right side to see right-handed hitters.

Then he'd shuffle to the left to see left-handed hitters.

Cito Gaston used to stand motionless behind the cage, whispering words of advice.

Before the Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Chicago White Sox yesterday, there was former Jays manager Carlos Tosca.

Tosca, normally Arizona's third-base coach, arrived in a golf cart, and after a chair was set up behind the cage he took his place behind the cage, with the aid of crutches.

He wasn't pacing, but rather sat in an uncomfortable aluminum chair. Tosca wore a baseball cleat on his left foot and a purple Diamondback sock sticking out of a walking cast on his right.

What happened, we asked?

"Aw, Eric Brynes hit me in the foot with a line drive, I couldn't get out of the way quick enough," Tosca said from his perch.

Tosca used to turn his back to the plate with men on second and third and crouch when Troy Glaus was up -- to give Glaus as small a target to hit as possible.

"What happened to you?" asked broadcaster Mark Grace.

Before Tosca could answer, coach Jay Bell joked: "I wanted to coach third, he wouldn't let me, so I did something about it."


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