June 17, 2012
Hurt Jays pitchers take wing
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
Sunday was getaway day for the Blue Jays, who flew to Milwaukee for their next series against the Brewers.
The Blue Jays have not been in Milwaukee since June 17-19, 2008. John Gibbons' final games as manager of the team. The Jays were swept and flew to Pittsburgh where a new manager named Cito Gaston was waiting.
Except that this Sunday looked like the final day of the season, what with the walking wounded giving others hugs as they departed.
Right-hander Kyle Drabek heads to see Dr. James Andrews to have his right elbow examined Monday in Pensacola, Fla.
Drew Hutchison heads for Cincinnati to get a second opinion from Dr. Tim Kremchek, a leader in orthopedic care, to see if he needs Tommy John surgery.
Brandon Morrow was flying to Tampa to begin what is expected to be a two-month rehab for his strained oblique muscle.
WELCOME BACK, FANS
The Blue Jays went into their game Sunday averaging 20,789 fans per home game. It's an increase of 5,849 per game from last season, the fifth-best rise in the majors.
The Miami Marlins, playing in a new ball park, have shown the largest growth with a bump of 11,592. The next best increases are the Detroit Tigers (up 9,247), Washington Nationals (7,731), Texas Rangers (6,709) and the Jays, who drew 45,062 fans on Sunday to see Roy Halladay not pitch.
HIT MAN LAWRIE
The new appeal process on scoring decisions saw one go the Jays' way.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was charged with an error June 7 in the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field on a grounder.
The Jays appealed and Brett Lawrie was given a base hit after the appeal panel in examined replays of the play.
So rather than being hitless in that game, Lawrie was 1-for-4.
LOOKING FOR INVESTORS
Standard17, a company which deals in production and post-production for film and television, is looking for backers for a production entitled El Diablo -- The Life Story of Tim Johnson.
In 1998, Johnson managed the Jays to an 88-win season, their most successful year since the 1993 World Series.
To motivate Pat Hentgen to give up his start at Fenway Park and pitch one day later, he gave an analogy about serving in Vietnam, which was a lie. He was fired in March of 1999.
Adam Lind missed two games at triple-A Las Vegas after fouling a ball off his foot. Lind, hitting .478 with eight doubles, six homers, 25 RBIs and an 1.159 OPS in 25 games was expected to play Sunday ... Travis Snider was 1-for-3 in his Vegas debut after re-habbing in Dunedin ... After two games at Dunedin, Ben Francisco played his second game at double-A New Hampshire on Saturday where he made his outfield debut. "He's an experienced pinch-hitter, we have 20 days to get him some at-bats and see if his hamstring is 100%," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. Francisco had a single in four at-bats Sunday afternoon.