Blue Jays eager to get going

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

DUNEDIN — All 61 of the invitees to Blue Jays spring training have checked in at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, a day ahead of the reporting date.

“I think it says we have a lot of hungry players ready to compete for positions,” manager John Farrell said.

Thirty-four pitchers and six catchers have been working out all week stretching out their arms. They will be joined in the first full team workout tomorrow by 11 infielders and 10 outfielders. Scott Podsednik, who just signed a minor-league contract on Thursday evening, will join the outfield contingent on Sunday, bringing to 62 the total number of players in camp.

Farrell says the club has identified 10 candidates for the starting rotation who will be given opportunities to show their stuff in A games.

Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil have been slotted into the top three spots, with Kyle Drabek, Jesse Litsch, Scott Richmond, Marc Rzepczynski, Jo-Jo Reyes, Zach Stewart and Brad Mills all in competition for the fourth and fifth spots.

As many as 14 relievers are considered candidates for seven roles in the bullpen. Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Octavio Dotel, Jason Frasor and Shawn Camp have more or less been conceded bullpen jobs. That leaves just two openings for the rest of the field.

— Ken Fidlin


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