DL Jays pay a visit to team

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - It was a bit of an old boys reunion Tuesday as the Blue Jays arrived at the clubhouse for the series opener against Tampa Bay. Jesse Carlson, Dustin McGowan and Aaron Hill all made the short trip from Dunedin to visit.

Only Hill is expected to be seen in a Jays uniform soon. “Unless there’s any setbacks I’ll fly in (to Toronto) Sunday and be ready,” said Hill, who will play in three games with class-A Dunedin, plus an extended spring training game.

Hill led the club with six stolen bases when he went down with a hamstring injury. He said he’s not going to change his aggressive play. But manager John Farrell notes they may have to temper that enthusiasm to keep him off the disabled list.

“We have to be smart about it. There’s a pretty clear history of some quad and hamstring issues and we have to factor that in,” Farrell said.

Meantime, Hill said he has had no restrictions in games thus far. “I was always worried about the startups but that was the first thing that came back and it’s usually the last. I didn’t doubt I’d be back but I didn’t know how good it would feel.”

IN RETROSPECT

Jayson Nix was out taking ground balls Monday and yesterday. He has been sidelined with a severe leg contusion, the result of a controversial, hard slide by Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez. He, like Hill, is hopeful of returning Sunday. “I probably shouldn’t have tried to turn (the double play). It was a clean play,” Nix said.

LOST IN LAS VEGAS

Scott Podsednik isn’t doing much to encourage the Jays to call him up from triple-A Las Vegas. He is hitting .154

(4-for-26) with a double and one stolen base in six games.

Plantar fasciitis cost him a chance to audition for an outfield job in spring training and with Corey Patterson (.269, two homers, three stolen bases) showing an ability to play all three outfield positions, Podsednik’s future with the club is more clouded than ever.

BAD VIBES

The Rays shuffled their rotation so that David Price now pitches Thursday against Toronto instead of Jeremy Hellickson. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he made the move to keep Price on his normal five-day rotation. In a curious coincidence, Price is 7-0 with a 2.30 ERA in eight career games against Toronto. The Rays have won all eight games.


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