Your Toronto Blue Jays news and notes for Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.
WBC Canada roster dumps Blue Jays 7-1
The Canadian roster for the World Baseball Classic got off to a strong start in their first exhibition game, dropping the Blue Jays by a score of 7-1. In a match-up of southpaw starters, J.A. Happ was roughed up a bit allowing 2 earned runs in 1.1 innings, Andrew Albers pitched 2 scoreless frames.
Dalton Pompey, while playing with Team Canada, reached base all 4 times against his own team. He had two singles, a walk, and reached on an error. He also stole a base and robbed Kevin Pillar of a hit with a diving catch in the outfield.
Devon Travis may not be ready for Opening Day
For those of us waiting for some positive news on Devon Travis‘ knee, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer.
When asked about it on Tuesday in an interview with Sportsnet, John Gibbons didn’t appear very optimistic that the talented second baseman would be ready in time for the first game of the season.
"“To be honest I don’t know when he’s going to be back and ready to go,”"
If Travis is unable to get himself healthy in time for the opener, look for a combination of Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins to fill in until he’s ready to return. New acquisition, Steve Pearce, could also factor into the second base picture, if he’s not playing first base or left field.
Joe Carter turned 57 on Tuesday
Joltin’ Joe Carter had his 57th birthday on Tuesday, and still looks like he could suit up and pull a fastball over the left field fence.
The loveable slugger (my personal favourite player of all time) hit the biggest home run in Blue Jays’ history, a walk-off shot to end the 1993 World Series.
Wednesday, March 8th- Blue Jays vs. Orioles
The Blue Jays will face off against the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon, with the game slated for a 1:05pm start.