Jays reliever Jon Rauch will visit specialist Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo. to have a cartilage tear in his right knee examined. The Jays staff have suggested surgery.
Rauch was placed on the disabled list Monday.
CHAMPAGNE IN CANADA
Championship champagne was sprayed Sunday in Vancouver after a baseball win for the first time in Canada in the minors (or majors) since 2002 when the Edmonton Trappers won the triple-A Pacific Coast League.
Vancouver, a Jays farm club, won the class-A Northwest League title at Nat Bailey Stadium with a 9-2 win over Tri-Cities. Second baseman Jon Berti, a 2011 pick, homered and DH Balbino Fuenmayor, a free-agent signee in 2007, hit a two-run triple as Vancouver scored five runs in the seventh. Jesse Hernandez threw six innings, allowing a run, for the win.
Danny Perales hit a two-run homer in the ninth as double-A New Hampshire beat Reading 4-2 to clinch the Eastern Division best-of-five series in four games. Next up is Richmond. First baseman Mike McDade doubled to lead off the ninth. Bobby Korecky had a perfect ninth for his third save of the series.
Michael Crouse of Port Moody, B.C., doubled twice and North Yorkís Marcus Knecht triple as class-A Lansing edged Fort Wayne 4-1 in the Midwest league opener Sunday.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Jays instructional league began Tuesday morning in Dunedin. After a series of workouts Jays prospects will play games until Oct. 21.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame had been considering taking over the former Central School building in St. Marys, Ont. The proposal would have included a partnership with the town to acquire the property from the Avon Maitland District School Board. After a detailed business analysis, the board was unable to identify a sustainable financial model.