Blue Jays: Spring Training News and Notes: Vladdy, Bo and more

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. /

Here are the latest Spring Training news and notes from the Toronto Blue Jays camp in Dunedin for Thursday, March 08th, 2018.

Let The Kids Play

The Blue Jays are poised to play the Baltimore Orioles in Grapefruit League action today and both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette made the trek to Sarasota with the team. Vladdy is in the starting lineup as the designated hitter while Bichette will surely come off the bench at some point during the contest.

The entire lineup for the game is made up of players and prospects who will in all probability start the 2018 season in the minors with the exception of Gift Ngoepe who in all likelihood will replace the injured Troy Tulowitzki on the roster when the team breaks camp.

True Gibby Fashion

Manager John Gibbons was behind the screen while his uber prospects were taking batting practice earlier this morning. Guerrero squared around for the traditional two bunt attempts at which time the manager quipped at him “Hey, you aint never gonna bunt”. Gibby is an absolute beauty.

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Stroman To Play Catch

Marcus Stroman is scheduled to play catch today for the first time since being sidelined with inflammation in his right shoulder. The Jays have been tight-lipped on the current timeline for Stroman and if his Opening Day start is still in jeopardy.

Stroman is coming off a career year and was tabbed to be the Opening Day starter when the Jays host the New York Yankees in their season opener on March 29th.

Blue Jays Re-Up With Double-A Affiliate

Earlier this week the Jays extended their agreement with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats through the 2020 season. The Jays have been affiliated with New Hampshire since 2004.

Devo Showing No Ill Effects

Don’t look now but Devon Travis appears 100% healthy showing no ill effects of his surgically repaired knee. Travis went first to third yesterday and was no worse for wear after the test. Thus far this spring Travis is batting .333 with a homer in 15 spring at-bats.

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