Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ attempts to redeem himself tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies. Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Game Thread with updates on Casey Janssen, Neil Wagner and more

J.A. Happ (0-0, 4.15 ERA) starts tonight for the Toronto Blue Jays in what will be his first appearance since April 23rd. He faces off against former teammate Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52 ERA) who had his last scheduled start skipped after it was rained out on April 30 and hasn’t pitched since April 24.

Happ has barely thrown this season but will be looking to reclaim a rotation spot after news that Brandon Morrow will be out for at least two months with a right index finger strain.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, closer Casey Janssen will make his first rehab appearance tonight for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The plan is to give him four to five appearances and allow him to work on back-to-back days before he returns to the Blue Jays.

Neil Wagner has been placed on the DL retroactive to May 3 with a right forearm strain the team announced on Twitter. Many fans were wondering why the Blue Jays decided to call up Marcus Stroman instead of Wagner to help with the bullpen so we now have our answer. Forearm strains aren’t fun and are often an early indication of elbow trouble… fingers crossed for the flame-throwing righty.

Speaking of Stroman, he was recently named to Baseball America’s All Prospect Team: April Edition. Kevin Pillar was also named the International League’s offensive player of the week by Minor League Baseball.

Barry Davis of Sportsnet says that catcher Dioner Navarro will be available to pinch hit and has no issues squatting behind the plate. The only thing he can’t do is run so could we see R.A. Dickey pinch-running for Navarro if his number is called again tonight?

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Juan Francisco 3B
Brett Lawrie 2B
Colby Rasmus CF
Josh Thole C
J.A. Happ P

Philadelphia Phillies Lineup:

Ben Revere CF
Freddy Galvis SS
Chase Utley 2B
Marlon Byrd RF
Ryan Howard 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
John Mayberry LF
Jayson Nix 3B
Kyle Kendrick P

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  • Michael Wray

    Reyes goes deep on a 2-0 count to open the game – BRAP!

  • Michael Wray

    Mayberry can’t get to the opposite field fly ball from Francisco that drops near the left field line to score Melky from second. 2-0 Jays.

  • Michael Wray

    Happ eliminates the lead off baserunner with a pickoff and survives the first inning… so far, so good.

  • Michael Wray

    Thole splits the gap to score Rasmus, Kendrick is getting hit hard early.

  • Michael Wray

    Happ strikes out Howard looking on an outside fastball to strand two and keep the Jays up 3-0.

  • Michael Wray

    Considering Happ hasn’t pitched in almost two weeks his command looks decent and for the most part working down in the zone. Not sure if the same stuff flies against the AL East though.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I think it’s the rest. But how many starts will he have with 12 days off

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Pitch count is a bit higher that we’d really want to see from him at this stage, but he’s battling, I’ll give him that.

      • Michael Wray

        It feels like a typical J.A. Happ start… not sure if that’s a good or bad thing but against the Phillies, I’ll take it.

  • Michael Wray

    Melky strikes out looking… now there’s something you don’t see every day!

  • Michael Wray

    Lawrie leaves the game after straightening up running down the first base line. Chris Getz in as his replacement at second.

  • Michael Wray

    Big strikeout by Loup to keep the Phillies off the board.

  • Michael Wray

    Delabar throws a dirty splitter to Dom Brown to put another 0 on the board. Jays win a replay that inning too #GibbyTheBest

  • Michael Wray

    Correction to something I wrote in the post earlier – I said Wagner was ineligible to be called up because he hadn’t been on option for at least ten days. That rule doesn’t apply when the player he is replacing goes on the DL so the article has been updated.