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Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:42 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Bautista leaves game with ankle injury

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose BautistaToronto's Jose Bautista left Thursday's game against the Yankees after the fourth inning with an apparent right ankle injury.

Sliding into third on Edwin Encarnacion's double play ball, Bautista's lead foot could be seen sticking to the ground as he slid. He walked off the field under his own power but was replaced at third base by John McDonald for the top of the fifth.

Bautista had a hit and a walk in three plate appearances before leaving the game.

On the Blue Jays' broadcast, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Bautista's injury was a "twisted right ankle."

Bautista is arguably the American League MVP so far this season, hitting .334/.468/.702 with 31 home runs and 65 RBI at the break.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:23 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 11:46 am
 

Umpire's missed call costs Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Another day in baseball, another bad call that could have been reversed with the simplest form of instant replay review.

But once again since the play in question wasn't a boundary play, instead a play at the plate, the Blue Jays were dealt a loss instead of getting a chance to play for a win at Fenway Park.

After Jose Bautista's two-run homer off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon moved the Jays to within a run, Edwin Encarnacion singled. After J.P. Arencibia's two-out walk, John McDonald singled to left. Red Sox left fielder Darnell McDonald charged the ball and made a good throw to the plate that beat Encarnacion there. Catcher Jason Varitek blocked the plate with his left leg, tying up Encarnacion's lead leg. However, Encarnacion swiped the plate with his other leg, his right, before Varitek could put the tag on him.

Home plate umpire Brian Knight called Encarnacion out, ending the game. Watch the play here.

"We should still be playing right now," Toronto manager John Farrell told reporters (via the Boston Herald). That play is right in front of Brian Knight. It was clear that Edwin did a good job of sliding around the plant leg of 'Tek, but his swipe tag missed him by no less than a foot. So right now we should be out on that field playing."

Farrell said he couldn't see the play live, but when he saw the replay, he knew Encarnacion was safe.

"After the replay, absolutely, because from our vantage point Edwin is right in line with the play at the plate," Farrell said. "But the wide margin which he missed the tag, a little surprised that the call went that way."

It's understandable why Knight called Encarnacion out, but that doesn't make it right. Once again, I'll go into my broken record mode, but the goal of umpires and Major League Baseball should be to get every call right. We have the technology, we should use it. Let the players decide the games, not the umpires.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Is Lawrie on his way to Toronto?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brett LawrieThe wait for the Great Canadian Hope may not be long. Blue Jays manager John Farrell hinted the team could soon bring up Brett Lawrie to handle the Jays' third base position.

Before Friday's game against the Astros, Farrell was asked whom he considered his everyday third baseman and he mentioned three -- Jayson Nix, John McDonald and Edwin Encarnacion -- before adding "And when Brett Lawrie comes up, there's another one," according to MLB.com.

The Blue Jays acquired Lawrie in the offseason in a trade that sent pitcher Shaun Marcum to Milwaukee and he was quickly the team's top positional prospect.

A native of British Columbia, Lawrie is hitting .337 with a 1.002 OPS and a team-high nine home runs and 32 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"If he keeps doing what he's doing, he's going to certainly force our hand. I'm not afraid to say that," Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said.

Lawrie, 21, moved from second base to third base this season and has nine errors for the 51s. However, Lawrie's never been known for his glove, it's his bat that has made him a prized prospect. Last season, as the second-youngest regular in the league, he led the Southern League in hits (158), runs (90), triples (16) and total bases (250).

Anthopoulos said the team has been impressed with his improved plate discipline.

The danger of calling Lawrie up right now is the fear of Super Two status, but some teams have ignored that so far with the possibility of the Super Two going away in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:10 pm
 

Jays lose third baseman Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion Toronto third baseman Edwin Encarnacion sprained his left wrist on a swing during Saturday's win over the Tigers, and after the game was placed on the disabled list. Mike McCoy was recalled to take his roster spot.

Major-league home run leader Jose Bautista has played 35 games at third this season, but manager Cito Gaston said he didn't want to shift Bautista from right field to fill in for Encarnacion and that John McDonald will get most of the playing time.

Encarnacion is Toronto's nine-hole hitter and is batting .245 (though he'd been hitting better in August), so this injury doesn't have a big impact on the Jays' offense.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Yankees should look into getting backup infielder

Alex Rodriguez On Saturday, Derek Jeter sat out with a heel problem while Alex Rodriguez, recuperating from a sore hip, DH'ed.

That left Ramiro Pena (pictured talking to Rodriguez) at shortstop and Kevin Russo at third base.

Pena, 24, is hitting .190/.235/.206 on the season in 63 at-bats while Russo, 25, isn't much better with a .196/.260/.239 line. The Yankees, for their $206 million payroll, have gone cheap with backup bench infielders and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports feels the Yankees need to be on the hunt for better solutions.

While the squad isn't looking for help currently, Rosenthal looks ahead to September and thinks New York may need a body ready. With the AL East race as tight as it is, the Yankees may not be able to afford to rest him in September. As he's battling hip issues, he may be relegated to DH and Pena or Russo at third base for any length of time is not palatable. For Jeter's part, he's no spring chicken and is on pace for one of the poorest seasons in his career.

Rosenthal has trouble naming viable candidates, however. Omar Infante of the Braves and Macier Izturis of the Angels won't be available, while the Royals' Willie Bloomquist and Toronto's John McDonald don't represent a significant offensive upgrade. The same is true for Jayson Nix, recently designated for assignment by the White Sox. The Cubs' Ryan Theriot is a possibility if his slump continues, and Geoff Blum could be had -- except Blum has no recent extended time at short.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona, however, has said that Bloomquist is one of the best utility players in the game and Blum at the very least would be a solid option at third base.

In addition, the Milwaukee Brewers have Craig Counsell, who has the defense and the offense that could do well as a backup in New York. The Arizona Diamondbacks could dangle Augie Ojeda, although the 35-year-old is having a horrific season at the plate, albeit in just 30 at-bats.

The Yankees are expected to pursue a hitter as they near the trade deadline, but Rosenthal has it right: the team should be proactive and acquire a solid utility infielder to protect against any injury impacting the stretch drive. Sometimes, pennats are won and lost by the obsure players.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 4:48 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 5:46 pm
 

Emotional day for McDonald

Veteran infielder John McDonald returned to the Blue Jays on Saturday after two weeks away from the team on bereavement leave. McDonald's father, Jack, died of cancer last week.

On Sunday, Father's Day, Cito Gaston inserted McDonald, who has just 45 at-bats this season, into the game against San Francisco in the ninth inning. McDonald, who had 13 career home runs in 12 major league seasons, came to bat and hit a two-run homer off Jeremy Affeldt. It wasn't enough for the Jays, who lost 9-6, but what a moment.

After the game, McDonald was scheduled to help out with the Jays' Father's Day contest. A team promotion gave 25 fans the chance to bring their fathers to the game and join McDonald for a barbecue.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 7:58 pm
 

Blue Jays place McDonald on bereavement list



Dewayne Wise is back in the big leagues less than a week after signing a minor league contract with the Blue Jays as Toronto purchased his contract after putting John McDonald on the bereavement list.

McDonald has missed the last six games to be with his father, who is gravely ill.

Wise started the season in the Phillies organization, but exercised the June 1 opt-out date on his contract and signed with the Blue Jays on Saturday. Wise played for the Blue Jays from 2000 and 2002.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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