Blue Jays Morning Brew: Goins, Gibbons, Bichette and more
Your Toronto Blue Jays news and notes for Thursday, August 17th including injury updates on Goins and Bichette, a Gibby ejection statistic as well as some roster moves and the best ceremonial first pitch ever.
Goins Takes Spike To Forearm
Ryan Goins left last nights contest after being spiked in the forearm by Tampa Bays Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson. The initial injury looked worse than it was as Robertson stepped on Goins who was in a great amount of displeasure on the play.
The prognosis is just a bruise after x-rays were negative and Goins expects to take batting practice today before the final game of their series with the Rays. Prior to the injury, Goins matched his career high for runs batted in when he knocked in his 45th on the season.
Gibby Amped Up When Stroman Starts
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons sub consciously must feed off of Marcus Stroman‘s intensity when the hurler starts. Gibby was ejected for the 5th time last night for arguing balls and strikes after a bases loaded walk by Aaron Loup. The manager proceeded to make his pitching change even after the ejection not realizing he had been tossed.
This is the 4th time this season that Gibby has been ejected when Marcus Stroman starts a ball game.
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Bichette Nursing Sore Ankle
Super prospect Bo Bichette missed his second straight contest last night as the shortstop continues to nurse a sore ankle. Bichette sprained his ankle a couple days prior and has sat out for precautionary measures.
The 19-year old is slashing .344/.399/.448 in 30 games with Dunedin and owns a career .381 batting average in 122 games over the last two seasons.
Ohlman And Howell Designated
Prior to last nights contest the Blue Jays designated struggling reliever J.P. Howell and organizational depth catcher Mike Ohlman for assignment. In corresponding moves, the Jays activated Dominic Leone from the bereavement list and catcher Miguel Montero from the disabled list.
First Pitch Foul-Up
The ceremonial first pitch did not go as planned last night in Boston as an unsuspecting camera man received more than he bargained for. Jordan Leandre at least looked the part prior to releasing the baseball.
That concludes another edition of the Morning Brew, reminder that the Jays have a 4:17 start time for their game this afternoon as they conclude their series with Tampa Bay. Chris Rowley takes the bump opposite Chris Archer as the Jays look to take 3 of 4 from the Rays.