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Toronto Blue Jays Roster Report 2009-04-21


Toronto Blue Jays Roster Report 2009-04-21
Through spring training and the opening week of the season, alarm bells were ringing loudly over the performance of veteran closer B.J. Ryan. In Sunday's 1-0 victory over Oakland, Ryan turned in his second solid performance and is now 2-for-3 in save situations. Ryan faced four batters Sunday, allowing one hit while striking out one -- Jack Cust for the second out. His velocity is in the 87-89 mph. range and more importantly he is back throwing strikes. On Sunday, Ryan threw 16 pitches, 13 for strikes.

PLAYER NEWS:

--RHP Roy Halladay's start in the rotation would normally fall to right-hander Scott Richmond, but Monday's day off allowed the Jays to give it to Halladay. Richmond, a native of North Vancouver, is being pushed back two days as the Jays will go with Halladay and then struggling left-hander David Purcey. Richmond starts Wednesday night, giving him seven days between starts.

--LHP Ricky Romero, who moved to 2-0 with the Jays' 1-0 victory Sunday, gained a lot of confidence on his 106th and final pitch of the day. After a one-out walk in the seventh inning, Romero induced Oakland's Mark Ellis to ground into an inning-ending double play. "It showed me great confidence," Romero said of manager Cito Gaston's decision to let him pitch out of the problem in a 1-0 game. "It showed me that they believe in me."

--LHP Scott Downs, who pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball Saturday, came on in the eighth Sunday and pitched a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts. In seven games this season (7 2/3 innings), Downs has not allowed a run.

--RHP Shawn Camp has not allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings this season. Camp has held right-handed hitters to a .182 average (2-for-11) and left-handed hitters to a .167 average (2-for-12).

MEDICAL WATCH:

C Michael Barrett (torn right shoulder muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 18.

RHP Jesse Litsch (strained right forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

RHP Casey Janssen (right labrum surgery in March 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He missed all of last season. Counted on to be part of the rotation, Janssen suffered a setback in mid-March 2009 when he felt muscle tightness in back of his right shoulder. He is expected to be back with the club in early May.

RHP Dustin McGowan (right shoulder surgery in July 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. Initially, he was expected to be able to contribute by mid-June 2009 at the latest, but it appears that a late-July date is a best-case scenario.

RHP Shawn Marcum (Tommy John elbow surgery in September 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. Initially, the Blue Jays didn't expect him back until 2010. Now they say he could be back by August.

ROTATION:

RHP Roy Halladay

LHP David Purcey

LHP Ricky Romero

RHP Scott Richmond

LHP Brian Tallet

BULLPEN:

LHP B.J. Ryan (closer)

LHP Scott Downs

RHP Brandon League

LHP Jesse Carlson

LHP Bill Murphy

RHP Jason Frasor

RHP Shawn Camp

CATCHERS:

Rod Barajas

Raul Chavez

INFIELDERS:

1B Lyle Overbay

2B Aaron Hill

SS Marco Scutaro

3B Scott Rolen

INF John McDonald

INF/OF Kevin Millar

INF/OF Jose Bautista

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Travis Snider

CF Vernon Wells

RF Alex Rios

DH Adam Lind


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 21, 2009

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