Jays coaches learn fate Friday
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
CHICAGO - While there are no indications of changes on the Blue Jays coaching staff, manager John Farrell said the status of the coaches will be clear after organizational meetings on Friday.
“We haven’t addressed them individually,” Farrell said. “That will be taken care of back in Toronto where we will have season-ending meetings. The coaches will be addressed specifically at that time.”
EE IS SORE
Edwin Encarnacion sat out for the second straight day, nursing a sore left shoulder that flared up in his final at-bat in Tampa Bay on Sunday.
“It’s a recurring sensation he feels in his left shoulder,” Farrell said. “It’s not his neck, not his back; he had some tests done here and there’s no structural problem. He’s got some inflammation in a nerve that runs through his left shoulder.”
NEXT STOP, DUNEDIN
While pitcher Dustin McGowan may not have been quite as sharp as in previous outings on Monday, just the fact that he has made it through his month-long audition is a relief to both himself and the team.
“Knowing there is no pain takes a load off your mind,” said McGowan, who had not pitched in a major-league game in more than three years when he arrived in Toronto in September. “Mentally it feels so much better. Right now I’m ready to go home and relax, then get back to work. It’s a little disappointing that the season’s over but nobody really knew if I was going to pitch at all this year. That’s something I can build on for next year.”
McGowan will be at spring training come February, competing for a job in the 2012 rotation.
YUNEL WON’ T PLAY
Yunel Escobar’s bruised upper arm hasn’t responded to treatment to the point where he could swing a bat, so the shortstop will not appear in Wednesday’s finale. Escobar’s last appearance in a game was on Sept. 10 when he was hit by a pitch by Baltimore’s Rick VandenHurk.
When the stats are final after Wednesday’s games, it is expected that Jose Bautista will become the first player in 10 years (Barry Bonds, 2001) to lead the majors in home runs, slugging, on-base percentage and walks. No AL player has done it since Dick Allen in 1972.