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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-03-01


Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-03-01
--1B Lyle Overbay revealed he had undergone two spot hernia operations over the winter. As a result, Overbay arrived in camp a little behind in his usual offseason preparation and will miss the first week of exhibition games. "Right now, I'll probably miss a week of games because I really haven't had a chance to do any abdominal work at all," said Overbay, who is in the third year of a four-year contract that pays him $7 million this year and next. "Usually, I use spring training to get my game in order. This year, I'm going to have to use it to try to get in shape, too."

--RHP Brett Cecil didn't take a step backward in his bid for a spot in the starting rotation after his first outing of the spring. Although his second pitch turned into a solo home run by the Yankees Brett Gardner, it was the only hit against four strikeouts the rookie allowed in his first two innings of the spring.

--RHP Scott Richmond looked sharp in his first outing of the spring as he didn't allow a hit and walked one in two scoreless innings. While Richmond is a candidate to fill a spot in the starting rotation, he will be Canada's No. 1 starting pitcher in the World Baseball Classic. In fact, his second outing of the spring will be pitching against the Blue Jays for Canada in an exhibition game. "It's been a dream come true to pitch for Toronto and now I'm going to pitch against them, so I guess I'm doing just about everything you can do with the Blue Jays," Richmond said.

--Former Blue Jays shortstop Mike Bordick has been hired as a roving minor-league infield instructor. Another former shortstop, Alex Gonzalez, is in camp as a guest instructor.

--The Blue Jays will take a cautious approach in regards to RHP Casey Janssen, who missed all of last season because of shoulder surgery. Janssen, who had a terrific season in 2007 as a reliever, is in the mix for one of the open spots in the rotation. Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said that Janssen will be held back from game action until March 8 or 10. Arnsberg added that would still leave Janssen plenty of time to be up to full speed by Opening Day. "He'll be good for seven innings if we map it out perfectly and close to 100 pitches by the time we go," Arnsberg said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 12 -- The number of victories LHP Ricky Romero has recorded over four minor league seasons (78 starts). Romero was the Blue Jays' No. 1 pick and the sixth player taken overall in the 2005 June draft. Romero is a longshot candidate to fill one of the open spots in the rotation.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We need pitchers here right now. If we have to shut him down at the end of the year (after 170 innings), we'll shut him down. But right now, we're looking for pitching, and if he's good enough to make the team, we're going to take him from here." -- Manager Cito Gaston discussing the plan for rookie left-hander Brett Cecil should he have an impressive spring training.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 1, 2009

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