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.