Here is a look at some of the happenings surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays for Sunday, May 05th including updates on Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Cavan Biggio and more.
Gurriel To Be Super Utility Player Upon Return
Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins opined that Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will begin taking reps in the outfield in Triple-A. The Jays are hopeful that this will increase his positional flexibility and Gurriel can assume the role of a super utility type player.
Gurriel played shortstop yesterday as the herd fell victim to the Iron Pigs 5-3.
Biggio Honing His Craft In The Outfield
Cavan Biggio has already begun honing his craft in the outfield with news that Gurriel will now also man the Bisons outfield. The prospect has two games under his belt in right field and could be in line for a call-up when the Jays finally cut ties with Socrates Brito.
Richard Could Join Rotation Sooner Than Later
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, pitcher Clayton Richard could return to action once the Blue Jays require a fifth starter which will presumably be in two weeks. Richard has yet to make his debut since suffering a knee injury in spring training.
Old Friend Makes Wall Web Gem
Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar literally climbed the wall in Cincinnati to rob rookie Nick Senzel of his first MLB home run. This is old hat for Toronto fans but nice to see K.P. impressing in his new digs.
Nicolino Signs With White Sox
Former Blue Jays pitching prospect Justin Nicolino latched on with the Chicago White Sox after being released from the Minnesota Twins earlier in the week. The former top pitching prospect has never really lived up to the hype after being dealt to the Marlins in the 12-player blockbuster trade of 2012.
Lopez Being Converted To A Catcher
Jesus Lopez is being converted from an infielder to a catcher according to Shi Davidi. Lopez was acquired from the Athletics in the Kendrys Morales swap. This is probably a smart move for Lopez considering the plethora of infielders strewn through the minor league ranks.