Blue Jays shortstop Jonathan Diaz could become a fan favourite in Toronto

Blue Jays shortstop Jonathan Diaz (AFP)

Blue Jays shortstop Jonathan Diaz (AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:50 PM ET

Upset that Jose Reyes won’t be in the lineup for the home opener Friday night?

Disappointed your fave from last year, Munenori Kawasaki, is not his replacement?

Fear not.

Take a couple of deep breaths.

Listen to Brandon Morrow as he discusses the new shortstop for your Toronto Blue Jays: Jonathan Diaz.

“He’s a lot like Johnny Mac,” said Morrow at Tropicana Field.

Wow.

No one has been compared to John McDonald since ... well since the Blue Jays sent Aaron Hill and McDonald to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Kelly Johnson on Aug. 23, 2011.

“He’s quick, he has a strong arm, he’s strong defensively,” said Morrow, who starts Thursday night in Tampa. “He played behind me in the spring, but usually he was at second base.”

Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Omar Vizquel, Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins, Emilio Bonifacio, Mike McCoy, Brett Lawrie, Chris Woodward, Reyes and Kawasaki have all played short since 2011.


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