Mar 8, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose (8) slides back to first base in the fifth inning of the spring training exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Gose To Join Blue Jays Thursday as 26th Man

With the cancellation of Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the Toronto Blue Jays will play a double-header on Thursday and as such, the team is allowed to carry a 26th man on the roster. Typically, this means an extra pitcher is summoned from the minors. However, with the Blue Jays already carrying an 8-man bullpen, they will go in another direction and call-up a position player.

That player will be Anthony Gose, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

As mentioned before, the presence of 8 men in the bullpen already makes the decision a no-brainer, giving Toronto an extra man on the bench. However, a sore hamstring for Colby Rasmus and back issues pushing Adam Lind from the line-up have further exasperated an already short bench.

Rasmus’s injury forced the Blue Jays to employ an outfield on Tuesday that consisted of Melky Cabrera in left, Jose Bautista in center, and Moises Sierra in right field. The ensuing quality of defense left some (alright, maybe just me) wondering when the Twins would start playing the Benny Hill theme song as Bautista and Sierra both looked out of place.

The presence of Gose will at least ensure that a natural center fielder is in the game for at least the second game of double-header. Should Lind’s back injury require a stint on the disabled list, Gose may spend a few more days with the team, depending on the status of Rasmus.

The 23-year-old Gose has spent parts of each of the last two seasons with the Blue Jays and owns a lifetime .240/.294/.361 slash-line at the Major League level. He possesses game-changing speed, but has yet to harness his bat enough to make the jump to the majors a permanent feature. Namely, Gose has struggled making consistent, hard contact with the ball.

In nine games with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 2014, Gose has hit just .242, but he’s shown a stronger eye at the plate leading to a .375 on-base percentage in his first 41 plate appearances.

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  • Shaun Doyle

    Could you clarify something? With all of the callups of Gose over the last couple years, could the Jays be in a “he’s out of options” bind with him before he is ready for a big league spot? You know, assuming at SOME POINT he’ll ever is ready.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      I think this is his last option year.

      • Shaun Doyle

        Ugh. I hate that dilemma with players that are questionable.

        • brad

          it’s really starting to get old. The thing with Gose though is that he has the tools to be a pretty good bench player. If I’m not mistaken, Sierra is also either out of options or quite close. He probably gets this year to prove he can be an effective bench bat and if not he will probably gone and replaced by gose as OF4 for next season….. then Gose can ride along at the MLB level and hopefully develop an approach that isn’t “close your eyes and swing”

    • Momus

      It’s tough to consider handing a starting role to a guy that has that much trouble getting on base – I mean a .316 OBP in AAA? Wow. Unfortunately I expect Gose will be the starting CF for Toronto next year whether he’s ready or not because if Rasmus puts up another year like 2013 someone is going to offer him a $100M contract.