A look at some of the Toronto Blue Jays news and notes involving Derek Law, Anthony Kay, Munenori Kawasaki and more.
Law To Replace Giles
Manager Charlie Montoyo anointed reliever Derek Law as the interim closer while Ken Giles is away from the team on paternity leave. Law had been lights out having not surrendered a run in his last 14 appearances until last night’s meltdown.
The 28-year old has already accumulated three saves thus far this season and should be in line to grab a couple more if he can shake off his blown save versus the Dodgers.
Kawasaki Trying Hand In Dual Role As Player/Coach
Former Blue Jaus fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki will be a player/coach for the expansion Wei Chaun Dragons of the CPBL in Taiwan. In a recent intrasquad game, Kawasaki not only played shortstop but also was on the bump pitching for the Dragons.
Kawasaki has not lost his touch for captivating audiences with his unique style and flair as displayed in the below video.
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Anthony Kay continues to impress with Triple-A Buffalo since being acquired in the Marcus Stroman trade with the Mets. Kay tossed six scoreless innings on Wednesday limiting the Red Wings to just three hits while fanning six.
In his first four starts with the herd, Kay has surrendered just four runs over 22 innings including two shutout performances.
Vladdy Goes Yard At Chavez Ravine
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched an off-speed offering from Kenta Maeda over 400 feet at the Ravine last night. The round-tripper was Vladdy’s 15th of the campaign and catapulted the Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers.
Jays Announce Spring Training Schedule
The Blue Jays have released their Spring Training schedule for the upcoming Grapefruit League season in Dunedin. The squad will open up the spring versus the Yankees on the road on February 22nd. Here is the complete schedule.