February 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcherR.A. Dickey
talks on the phone during spring training at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
It’s been a long winter for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays but the wait for more baseball is almost over. The Blue Jays’ pitchers and catchers have finally reported for the 2014 season.
The Blue Jays, along with the Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins were the last four teams to have pitchers and catchers report. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers were the first two teams to report as they will be playing a season-opening series in Australia on March 22nd and 23rd.
According to a tweet from Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, pitchers and catchers will be receiving physicals today and won’t hit the field until their first official practice tomorrow. It sounds like Marcus Stroman is excited.
Entering spring training the Blue Jays are still left with more questions than answers after an extremely passive off-season. They have yet to sign a major league pitcher but at least the good news is that two of their assumed primary target are still available. Until they sign elsewhere, I remain optimistic that either Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana will become a Toronto Blue Jay soon.
Position players will report on Thursday, February 20th.