DUNEDIN — The Jays made their initial cuts from the big-league camp Saturday, sending pitchers Chad Jenkins and Deck McGuire, the team’s most recent first round draft choices, back to the minor-league complex for assignment.
Joining Jenkins and McGuire on the short ride over to the Bobby Mattick training complex were first baseman Mike McDade and catcher A.J. Jimenez.
McGuire was particularly impressive in his first pro camp, soaking up the atmosphere and showing a good live arm.
“First few days he was a deer in the headlights, something that is expected from a kid in his first camp,” said manager John Farrell. “As time went on his comfort level continued to grow. His conversations with guys who’ve been in camp for a number of years allowed him to relax. He impressed with some arm strength and a very good slider.”
After 10 days battling first a flu infection and then a nasty sinus infection that caused excruciating headaches, third base coach Brian Butterfield is back in harness.
“He’s kind of the glue of the staff,” said Farrell. “His experience, his credibility, his knowledge and the position he holds at third base.
“It’s now a chance for us to come together in-game as a staff.”