Jays watch: Son's surgery takes Farrell away

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Blue Jays manager John Farrell won't be in charge of the team Monday in Chicago.

His son Luke is scheduled to undergo a major surgery.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who did not step into the manager's office when he filled in for an ill Farrell earlier this season, will manage.

TOWERS TIME

With his seventh loss in a row, pitcher Brett Cecil can be mentioned in the same breath as Josh Towers, who dropped seven straight from April 5 to May 9 in 2006. Towers has not won since beating the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 9.

SCRATCHED

Outfielder Colby Rasmus, who complained of the flu on Friday, was a late scratch from the Jays lineup Sunday. Dewayne Wise started in centre and homered.

NEW ARRIVAL

Adam Lind's wife gave birth to the couple's first child Saturday night in Toronto. Lind missed the weekend series to be with his wife. No details of the birth were announced, although mother, baby and father are all healthy. Lind could rejoin the Jays in Chicago on Monday.

ESCOBAR'S SEASON OVER?

Shortstop Yunel Escobar (elbow) did not take batting practice on Sunday, which means he likely won't play in the Chicago series.

SOX ROOM

Tampa Bay's Johnny Damon, a former member of the Boston Red Sox, was asked Sunday what it must be like inside the dressing room of the slumping Red Sox right now.

"Not too good, but it's something I don't have to worry about," Damon said. "That's a tough place to play and the thing about playing there you hear about it every second of the day."

THE WELLS PLAN

Catcher Brian Jeroloman, recalled from the minors a month ago, still has not been in a Jays game.

It's much like when the Jays recalled Vernon Wells in 2000, not allowing him to play centre field for Team USA at the Olympics. Manager Jim Fregosi gave him two at-bats while Jose Cruz Jr. played centre.

ALWAYS A SKIPPER

Former Blue Jays third base coach John McLaren attended the Jays-Rays game.

"You wouldn't believe what I'm doing now," McLaren said. "Managing the Chinese team in the next World Baseball Classic."

The Chinese team is working out at the complex in Vero Beach, Fla., formerly used by the L.A. Dodgers.


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