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Chacin Update

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After throwing a scoreless inning in the first grapefruit game of the season, Gustavo Chacin is now logging innings in the Jays’ minor-league complex. Ricciardi is spinning it rather positively:

He’s throwing easy, there’s no pain, there’s no restrictions in his delivery,” said Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who watched the 27-year-old Venezuelan pitch two innings at Toronto’s minor-league complex on Monday. “He just hasn’t been on a pitching mound, if you think about it, for over a year. That’s going to put him behind the eight ball, number one. And number two, he’s still trying to build up arm strength.

But of course that’s the whole point of spring training for everyone – to slowly get the feel back for being on the mound and build up arm strength. For Gus to take a step backwards after we heard all winter that he was going to be in the running for the 5th stop in the rotation, his velocity must be way down after labrum surgery. Surprise, surprise.

In a probably not-unrelated move, the Jays are thinking of converting John Parrish to fill Chacin’s position of token lefty depth starter. Up to this point, he was considered a candidate to fill the role of totally-unused mopup man that Jason Frasor solidified last season.

Written by halejon

March 5, 2008 at 8:01 pm

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  1. And still there’s really little to nothing being said about Dave Purcey. I would’ve figured he’s pretty near, if not at the top, of the minor league depth chart for starters (lefty and conventional).

    johnny was

    March 6, 2008 at 4:05 am

  2. Last I heard J.P. said it was a stretch for him to be a starter in the majors right now, but they saw him maybe able to fill the void later in the year in case of injuries. It’ll be interesting if he gets off to another blistering start in AAA- when A.J. goes down, him or Litsch? (Not Banks please not Banks anyone but Banks…)

    halejon

    March 6, 2008 at 4:22 am

  3. Apparently I’m a dullard. Here’s the real link:

    http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/Story.html?id=349694

    Any chance you could erase the dead end above?

    johnny was

    March 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

  4. Geez, I thought you were telling me I had already downloaded it.🙂

    Interesting article. ADD explains a few things, fortunately I can think of more than a few pitchers who have fashioned reasonably successful careers with rather serious cases of it *cough* Stottlemyre *cough*…

    halejon

    March 6, 2008 at 5:45 pm

  5. I like that Sandler mentioned, but chose not to over-play the ADD angle. I’m sure a lesser writer would’ve done that to give the story more zing (and save time by re-using a McGowan-diabetes boilerplate from last year).

    Not to make light of a medical condition, but I really don’t like boring things, so maybe I have ADD, too?

    In any event, must read more Sandler. I’ve been anti-Post for a long time, but there’s alot of new blood there since everyone good was hired by the Globe. The old 22 Minutes quote, “It’s so far to the right you need your peripheral vision to read it” may no longer be applicable.

    johnny was

    March 7, 2008 at 12:31 am

  6. Maybe he’s better on human interest stories than he is writing about ball- I’m not a big fan of Sandler, too much puffing up stories to make news instead of solid reporting.

    Everyone born after 1975 could probably be diagnosed with some form of ADD, though it can be reeeeeeeeally bad for some people.

    halejon

    March 7, 2008 at 3:17 am


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