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Toronto Blue Jays Roster Report 2009-04-23


Toronto Blue Jays Roster Report 2009-04-23
Through spring training and the opening weeks of the season, alarm bells were ringing loudly over the performance of veteran closer B.J. Ryan. He blew two of his first four save chances, leaving manager Cito Gaston to ponder handing the ball to someone else in the ninth inning.

PLAYER NEWS:

--C Rod Barajas had two-run home runs in consecutive at-bats in the second and fourth innings Wednesday. It was his sixth multi-homer game and first since May 17, 2008, vs. the Phillies.

--RF Alex Rios, who came into Wednesday's game just 3-for-18 on the homestand, recorded a season-high four hits, all singles. He drove in two runs. Rios, who was 4-for-6, raised his average to .246 from .206.

--1B Lyle Overbay was hitting just .176 (3-for-17) after his first seven games of the season. Since then, Overbay has gone on a .474 (9-for-19) tear with two home runs and seven RBIs to raise his average to .333. Overbay, who didn't start Wednesday night due to the Rangers starting a left-hander (Matt Harrison), has recorded a multi-hit game in four of his last five contests.

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 23, 2009

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