Escobar can't lend a hand
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - SS Yunel Escobar was not available for duty on Saturday, the back of his left hand swollen and sore following being hit by a pitch on Friday. “He can’t grip a bat,” manager John Farrell reported. “He remains day to day.”
The probability is high that Escobar won’t be able to play Sunday, with the hope that he can make it back into the lineup on Monday when the Jays open a three-game series in Boston.
Decision to come
RHP Jesse Litsch is scheduled to start Sunday for triple-A Las Vegas, but after that where he goes is up in the air. Litsch has been on the DL since May 20 due to right shoulder impingement. “His physical progression is proceeding as hoped,” Farrell said.
The Jays still have options on Litsch, so chances are good that he will stay with Las Vegas when his rehab time is up.
Reliever Casey Janssen, meanwhile, who is on the DL because of a right forearm strain, will throw another bullpen session on Monday and then go on a rehab assignment with double-A New Hampshire.
Carlos Villanueva was not pleased that the Jays fans would have such a love-in with Roy Halladay, who received a standing ovation at the start of the game and cheers when he logged strikeouts.
“I don’t really care for that,” Villanueva said. “I know he did a lot for this team and this city but we have a new ace here and his name is Ricky Romero. The team and the fans want to show their appreciation or whatever, it’s something I don’t really care for that much. When he’s (Halladay) on the mound he’s on the other team and all I want to do is put a five spot up every inning (against him).”
Doc and the Big Train
Halladay pitched a complete game against the Jays. Big deal, you say. Actually, it is. He has pitched six or more innings in 63 consecutive starts on the road, which is the longest streak by any major league pitcher since Hall of Famer Walter Johnson threw six or more innings in 82 consecutive road starts from 1911 to 1915 — about a century ago.