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Jays’ Roster, Rotation Finalized

Posted By Ben Fisher On Apr 2 2010 @ 2:39 pm In Toronto Blue Jays | 1 Comment

For anyone who believes spring training doesn’t matter, you can look to Dana Eveland and see that simply isn’t the case. Heading into his first spring after an off-season trade from the A’s to the Blue Jays, Eveland accumulated a 1.23 ERA over 22 innings to go from outsider to No. 5 starter.

Of course, in a competitive situation such as vying for rotation spots, one man’s pleasure is another’s pain, and Brett Cecil narrowly missed out on that No. 5 spot but was told to “be ready” by Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. Speaking of ‘pain’, the rotation spot was also made available due to the broken finger suffered by Marc Rzepczynski, who will start the season on the disabled list and is expected to be out for about six weeks.

All of this to say, the rotation is all set and the 25-man roster has been cleared up heading into Opening Day on Monday. Shaun Marcum gets the ball for the opener against Texas on Monday and, as it stands now, will be followed by Brian Tallet, Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow and Eveland.

The bullpen will consist of newly minted closer Jason Frasor, along with set-up guys Scott Downs and Kevin Gregg, and right-handers Shawn Camp, Casey Janssen, Jeremy Accardo and Merkin Valdez. Downs is the lone lefty who will start the season among the Jays relief corps.

The starting nine had pretty much already been established, but there was still room for first baseman Randy Ruiz, utility man Mike McCoy and backup catcher Jose Molina to secure their spots. Ruiz had three home runs and 10 RBIs while hitting .358 this spring, while McCoy turned heads by hitting .440.

Blogging note:

You will see a flurry of Jays coverage on here over the next little while, as I will post a preview on the Jays` line-up as well as a pre-season power rankings leading up to Opening Day. I will then have series recaps with random musings following each home and road series that involves Toronto. As always, comments will be welcome on any blog, telling me how brilliant or how much of an idiot I am.

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