OAKLAND – Closer Frank Francisco warmed up to come into Sunday’s 1-0 Blue Jay victory over the A’s in the ninth inning but soreness in his right shoulder prevented him from coming into the game.
As a result, the Jays sent Casey Janssen back out for a third hitless inning as he earned his second save of the year.
Janssen faced 10 batters, allowing just a two-out seventh inning walk to Oakland’s Brandon Allen. He struck out five.
“Frank warmed up and was unable to go, so that was the decision,” said manager John Farrell. “This is the most we’ve pushed Casey this year. When Frank was unable to go because of some shoulder stiffness, we opted to go with Casey and have him protected with (Shawn) Camp and (Wil) Ledezma.
Janssen needed no protection.
“I got a little bit tired and was grinding through that third inning,” he said. “I knew we have an off-day (Monday) and I’m going to use that. I just emptied the tank.
“Luis (Perez) pitched great and to get him that win and to finish off a great outing for him is what the bullpen is all about. We want the wins in the dugout and we’ll take the holds and saves.”
Francisco will be medically evaluated Monday in Toronto.
Lind, Bautista OK
The Blue Jays breathed a sigh of relief Sunday morning when both Adam Lind and Jose Bautista showed up in uniform at the Oakland Coliseum.
Bautista had been a late scratch before Saturday’s game with a recurrence of neck tightness that forced him to miss five games earlier in the season. Then, in the first inning of Saturday’s game, Lind was hit on the hand by a Gio Gonzalez pitch and left the game.
He went to a local hospital for x-rays and while the wrist was sore enough to keep him out of Sunday’s lineup, there does not appear to be any structural damage.
“Any tightness (Jose) was suffering from Saturday was released by the treatment he received and the exercises he was able to do,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s ready to go.
“Adam was in the cage this morning, took some soft toss. He still feels it on some swings. With that, we backed him out to give him the day today and with Monday’s off-day we’re hoping he’s ready to go Tuesday.
“There was no crack and he feels some soreness but he said it was feeling a little bit better than he expected from last night.”
As expected, Yunel Escobar was given Sunday off, his first since July 31 and only his second in the last 40 games.
“It was a planned off-day to take advantage of the two days down,” said Farrell. “He’s been going regularly for quite a long time. Just by watching some of his swings, we felt he could use a day down to regenerate and be ready to go Tuesday when we get back home.”
Dustin McGowan took it on the chin in a rehab assignment for New Hampshire Sunday, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings against New Britain. He also was tagged for his first home run in 10 rehab appearances at single A and double A.
As long as his arm continues to recover, he’s scheduled to pitch five innings twice more for New Hampshire before rejoining the Blue Jays in September.
Lefthanded pitcher Trever Miller, who was designated for assignment last Tuesday, was given his outright release Sunday.