Escobar needs doc, misses Doc
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - SS Yunel Escobar’s day lasted half an inning plus three pitches. In the bottom of the first, batting leadoff, Escobar was hit near his left wrist on a 1-1 pitch from Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Escobar clearly was hurt by the pitch and after a few minutes with by trainer George Poulis and manager John Farrell, he was removed from the game and taken to a hospital for X-rays.
Taking Escobar’s place in the batting order was Aaron Hill, who was supposed to receive a day off. Hill went to his natural position at second with John McDonald shifting to short. After the game Farrell said Escobar had no broken bones but some swelling. Escobar will not play Saturday.
First baseman Adam Lind was voted the Blue Jays player of the month for June by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Lind, 27, batted .311 (28-for-90) with nine home runs and 22 RBIs. Ricky Romero finished second in the voting, garnering one first place vote.
On the farm
RHP Kyle Drabek had a solid outing Thursday for triple-A Las Vegas.
Drabek allowed just one earned run on six hits over six innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.
Drabek is attempting to re-establish himself at Las Vegas with the focus on keeping his emotions under control as well as ditching his cutter and establishing command of his fastball in its stead.
The cutter is still a terrific pitch — just ask Roy Halladay. It is a pitch the Jays taught to Jo-Jo Reyes and the fact that he throws it now has gone a long way in making him more effective. But it also has its downside.
“The negative side can be that you can be so reliant on it, you take the emphasis away from the need to throw fastballs for strikes and get outs with your fastball,” Farrell said.
“In some cases it can cause pitchers to run away from pitching to contact with your fastball and that’s what we want with Kyle."