Blue Jays miss Frasor
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - One reliable reliever the Blue Jays couldn’t rely on late in the season is Jason Frasor. Frasor was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team trade which brought centre fielder Colby Rasmus to the Jays July 27.
“We miss Jason a lot,” Casey Janssen said. “He was the ultimate pro and a quality guy. You always knew what you were going to get. We didn’t hesitate to use him in any situation. He was as good as anyone, when he was here, when it came to stranding inherited runners.”
AWAITING A BUNDLE
Adam Lind remained in Toronto, where his wife Lakeyshia is expecting their first baby. David Cooper was at first base, and Jose Molina was the designated hitter.
The Jays used the disabled list again in September for Brett Lawrie (finger) as they did earlier in the month for shortstop Yunel Escobar (elbow), even though they aren’t bringing in a replacement. Manager John Farrell explained that Major League Baseball wanted the list used to track injuries. Normally injured players in September aren’t placed on the DL ... Farrell said he hoped Escobar would be able to take batting practice Sunday. “If we get to Monday and he’s not well enough to take BP he probably won’t play.” ... Injured Rajai Davis (hamstring) rejoined the Jays and will accompany them to Chicago for the final series against the White Sox ... With the Lawrie injury, Edwin Encarnacion will start the remaining games at third unless the Jays “see a favorable matchup for either Mark Teahen or Chris Woodward.”
FOUR IS ENOUGH
Due to injuries, the Jays used four left-handed hitters against Tampa Bay lefty David Price: Eric Thames in left, Kelly Johnson at second, Rasmus in centre and Cooper at first.
SIGN HER UP
Cheryl Tiegs, introduced as America’s first supermodel, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The former Sports Illustrated cover girl bounced her throw to the plate.