Harper Brandon Phillips Black Jersey rests thumb, expects to return soon

Bryce Harper Brandon Phillips Black Jersey got the day off Wednesday to rest his sore left thumb, but he hopes to play in the Nationals’ exhibition game Friday in Washington, if not sooner.

The outfielder, who has twice been jammed on inside pitches in the last week, is hitting .476 this spring with three homers, 14 RBIs and a remarkable 1.238 OPS in 23 Grapefruit League games.

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He originally jammed the thumb in an at-bat Friday against the Tigers, and he re-aggravated the soreness on Tuesday against the Marlins. Manager Davey Johnson suggested on Tuesday that he’d rest Harper for a day or two.

“When I woke up this morning, it felt fine,” Harper said. “Yesterday it kind of got me a little bit. I thought it was going to be a lot worse when I woke up this morning, and it wasn’t. If I was in the lineup today, I could play.”

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Harper Brandon Phillips Black Jersey didn’t take batting practice on Wednesday and planned to get more treatment, but he felt accomplished with his 67 at-bats already this spring. That said, he hopes to play Friday at Nationals Park against the Yankees before having some time off Saturday and Sunday before Monday’s regular-season opener against the Marlins.

“I don’t think it’s gonna hold me down or anything. I have a pretty high pain tolerance,” Harper said. “I had it in Hagerstown my first year, and it was a lot worse.”Black and Red Brandon Phillips Jersey.

Harper, last year’s National League Rookie of the Year, said he doesn’t believe at this point that it will be an issue that lingers long into the regular season. He hasn’t been checked out by the team doctors, though Johnson has said before that he may be. Harper said he’ll wear a thumb guard during batting practice, and he may also wear it during games.

“It doesn’t seem to be that bad to that point,” Harper said of any long-term consequences. “Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point. But I don’t see it getting to that point at all.”

McCarver says 2013 will be his last season on FOX.Brandon Phillips Black Jersey

The upcoming season will be the last for baseball analyst Tim McCarver, who announced on Wednesday he will step away from the FOX Brandon Phillips Black Jersey broadcasting booth following this season.

McCarver, 71, said on a conference call Wednesday that he does not plan to negotiate a new contract with the network when his current one expires at the end of this summer. Black and Red Brandon Phillips Jersey.The two-time All-Star catcher has provided commentary on national television for a record 23 World Series and has covered 28 consecutive Major League Baseball postseasons.

“Although I am neither tired of broadcasting baseball nor have I in any way lost my interest in baseball, with which I have been associated as a player and broadcaster for 55 years, it’s time to cut back,” McCarver said.

Thank you Tim.After this, his 18th year as lead analyst for the MLB on FOX, Tim McCarver will exit the broadcast booth.All Black Brandon Phillips Jersey.

– FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 27, 2013

“Tim McCarver has chronicled the national pastime on our biggest stages, including a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games, for a generation of baseball fans,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “As an analyst, he has always thought like a manager in the dugout, and in the process he helped redefine what sports fans expected from the broadcast booth.Black Brandon Phillips Jersey.

“Tim has led a remarkable baseball life since signing with the Cardinals in 1959, and all of us at Major League Baseball look forward to joining our partners at FOX Brandon Phillips Black Jersey Sports in honoring his Hall of Fame career throughout the 2013 season. On behalf of our 30 clubs, I thank Tim for his important contributions to our game over the past seven decades.”

McCarver hit .271 with 97 homers and 645 RBIs while winning two World Series titles in a 21-year Major League career with the Cardinals, Phillies, Expos and Red Sox from 1959-80.

Classic rivalry could decide fickle NL West.Brandon Phillips Black Jersey

It was with a team concept beyond compare that the Giants Brandon Phillips Black Jersey took the National League West title and ran with it in 2012, staving off elimination at every turn all the way to a second World Series title in three years.

With that team intact almost to a man, it’s hard to wrest the favorite’s role away from the Giants in the NL West, a division that historically has been difficult to predict.All Black Brandon Phillips Jersey.Two years ago, for instance, defending the NL West and World Series titles didn’t go so well for the Giants, who didn’t make the playoffs in 2011.

This time around, the Dodgers are putting their vast resources to work to try and topple their rivals, first with their blockbuster trades of last summer and then by signing the top free-agent pitcher on the market over the winter.

Yes, it appears the Giants-Dodgers rivalry, which dates back decades and extends from coast to coast, will decide the fate of the NL West this season. Black and Red Brandon Phillips Jersey.But if the mercurial and somewhat unappreciated division has taught us anything over the past several years, it’s that you never quite know how things will shake out.

“I think sometimes this division doesn’t get quite the credit it should, because there’s tremendous pitching in this division, and a lot of great athletes,” said Giants Brandon Phillips Black Jersey manager Bruce Bochy, who has managed in the NL West since 1995, first with the Padres for 12 seasons and now with the Giants. “It’s a division where there are pretty big ballparks — ours, L.A., San Diego — where you’ve got to play the game of baseball. I think it’s a balanced division all the way around.”

Indeed, it’s a division that has seen all five of its members reach the postseason in the past seven season, something no other division can come close to matching. From the Dodgers’ back-to-back titles in 2008-09 and the Rockies’ Wild Card run in ’09 to the Padres’ narrowly missing the playoffs in ’10 and the Diamondbacks’ surprising title in ’11, everyone has been in on the action in recent years.

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Obviously, there are variables in play, such as injuries — the Dodgers will start the season without third baseman Hanley Ramirez (thumb), the Giants are concerned about Pablo Sandoval’s throwing elbow and the Padres have lost star third baseman Chase Headley (thumb) for the start of the season. The Giants don’t have to be reminded about how much health can affect one’s chances, having seen Buster Posey’s leg injury in 2011 foil their playoff hopes and then a healthy Posey winning NL Most Valuable Player honors in 2012.

All things considered, the staff of reporters who cover the NL West — Corey Brock (Padres), Steve Gilbert (D-backs), Ken Gurnick (Dodgers), Chris Haft (Giants) and Thomas Harding (Rockies) — give the Giants a slight edge over the Dodgers as the 2013 season begins.

Wainwright, Cardinals Brandon Phillips Black Jersey agree on five-year extension

After about two months of negotiating a contract extension with right-hander Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals Brandon Phillips Black Jersey have reached an agreement that will keep Wainwright in St. Louis through 2018.

MLB.com has confirmed that the two sides have agreed on a five-year extension that will begin after this season. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network reported that the deal is worth $97.5 million. Wainwright is already under contract to earn $12 million in 2013. The Cardinals have not confirmed the report, but did announce that they have scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. CT on Thursday.

A contract of that value easily eclipses the five-year, $63.5 million deal Chris Carpenter signed with the Cardinals in Dec. 2006. Until now, that contract stood as the largest the Cardinals have ever given to a pitcher.

Getting Wainwright, 31, signed before he could become a free agent next offseason was a priority for the Cardinals, who, in the past 13 months, have also signed catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Allen Craig to long-term extensions. Wainwright had expressed a desire to stay, but also wanted to be paid what he viewed as fair market value for being among the game’s elite.

“I feel like I’m the guy that wants the ball in big situations,” Wainwright said. “Probably most of our pitchers would tell you the same thing, but I expect the ball in big games.”

Wainwright said recently that he wanted resolution with his contract status before he starts for the Cardinals Brandon Phillips Black Jersey  on Monday, which is Opening Day.

Wainwright went 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA in 2012, his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Since 2007, he has the sixth-lowest ERA among Major League pitchers; his 3.15 career ERA is second best among all active pitchers with a minimum of 1,000 innings.

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“Before his elbow [injury], he was one of the top five pitchers in the game, and I have no doubt that he’s going to get back to that,” veteran starter Jake Westbrook said. “You could see glimpses of that last year. His record didn’t show it, but the way he pitched, I feel like he’s going to get back to that.”

Wainwright has long been considered a co-ace on the Black Brandon Phillips Jersey Cardinals’ staff, but with Carpenter gone, he now alone assumes that role. It’s a title, manager Mike Matheny said, that Wainwright has earned through “former accomplishments, current stuff, and then leadership qualities and capabilities.”

“Those are all things he brings to the table and things he does exceptionally well,” Matheny added. “We’re excited about a lot of our young pitchers to be able to work with an Adam Wainwright-caliber pitcher, what he’s teaching them about stuff and approach, as well as you conduct yourself on the mound and off away from the field. Black and Red Brandon Phillips Jersey. Those are all types of things that are extremely valuable to this organization.”

Tale of the Tape: Canadiens vs. Bruins.Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey

For the third time this season, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will renew a heated rivalry that has shown no signs of cooling.Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey.

First place in the Northeast Division will be on the line when the Canadiens and Bruins take part in this week’s Wednesday Night Rivalry contest on NBC Sports Network. Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.Each team owns a one-goal win in the other’s building this season, with the latest installment in this Original Six grudge match taking place at TD Garden.

In what was each team’s ninth game of the season on Feb. 6, the Bruins used goals from Tyler Seguin and David Krejci during the first 2:05 of the third period to rally for a 2-1 victory. 1989 Joe Montana Jersey.On March 3, the Canadiens turned the tables and earned a 4-3 comeback victory on goals from Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais in the third period.Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey.

There were two fights in that last contest, including Bruins captain Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves with Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin. Authentic 49ers Joe Montana Jersey.Chara was assessed 17 minutes in penalties and was in the penalty box for the Canadiens’ tying and winning goals..

 

MLB’s stars reveal what drives them to play. Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey

Justin  Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey Verlander plays “for the unhittable pitch.” Mike Trout plays “for the history about to be written.” Andrew McCutchen plays “to steal my way to the pennant.”

Willie Mays played because “winning was important.” Don Drysdale played because “I hate all hitters.” Christy Mathewson played because “You can learn everything from defeat.”

What is that one thing that has driven baseball players since the 1800s and drives them in this Major League Baseball regular season that begins Sunday night in Houston?

What is that one thing that kids everywhere will be playing for again this summer, when they drag the diamonds and an umpire shouts “Play Ball!” on a hot afternoon?

It is time to play “I Play” and find out.

MLB has launched a new campaign to usher in the 2013 season, showcasing the intensity and passion of the game’s young stars while illustrating what drives them to succeed and highlighting their desire to lead their team to the postseason.

You can see the Opening Day spot right here on MLB.com, featuring Robinson Cano, Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper, Adam Jones, McCutchen, Buster Posey, David Price, Trout, Verlander and David Wright. Many more videos are on the way, and you’ll see them on MLB Network, ESPN, FOX and TBS throughout the season.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day campaign,” said McCutchen, the Pirates’ All-Star center fielder. “As a player, as soon as the final pitch of the previous season is thrown, I am marking off the days until Opening Day on my calendar. Every time you walk into a ballpark on Opening Day, it feels like the first time you ever stepped onto that field. This campaign will really give everyone a sense of the excitement we as players feel.”

Mariano Rivera plays “for title No. 28.” Wright Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey  plays “to turn leather into gold.” CarGo plays “for no regrets.” Price plays “to turn K’s into Ws.”

Bob Feller played because “Every day is a new opportunity.” Jackie Robinson played because “I hate to lose.” Tom Seaver played “for the love of the game.”

The first individual spots feature Cano (in Spanish, set to run on ESPN Deportes and FOX Sports en Espanol), Harper and McCutchen.

In each spot, the camera isolates on the player’s face as his inner monologue provides a glimpse into reasons why each of them plays at such a high level to reach their goal of playing in October. Additional player-specific creative featuring some of the game’s top young talent will roll out throughout the season.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.

“The desire to play in October drives every player to push himself and his team to new heights, and this new campaign captures and showcases that desire in a compelling new way,” said MLB executive vice president of business Tim Brosnan. “These spots also illustrate the intense passion our young stars have for the game and the connection they feel to the cities they play in and the fans they play for.”

Look for a companion campaign throughout social media as well, targeting fans who play or have played baseball or softball. You are encouraged to share photos and videos on social media along with the hashtag #IPlay, demonstrating as creatively as possible why you play the game. Authentic 49ers Joe Montana Jersey.The most creative user-submitted stories already are being showcased on MLBFanCave.com.

Daniel Reader, a Giants fan in the Bay Area, tweeted this example: “#IPlay because out on the diamond it doesn’t matter that I’m Deaf.”

1989 Joe Montana Jersey.Harper plays “for nine guys playing as one.” Posey plays “for three rings in four years.” Cano plays “for Yankee pride.”

Yogi Berra played because the game wasn’t “over.” Nellie Fox played because “you don’t have to be big to be a big leaguer.” Bob Uecker played because of “next time.” Dave Winfield played because a ballplayer “can be the hero or the goat 162 times a year.”

Bat girl Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey contest to help fight breast cancer under way

The fifth annual Honorary Bat Girl Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey Contest is under way, encouraging fans to share “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” stories for a chance to be honored on-field during Mother’s Day celebrations around Major League Baseball.

Anyone 18 or older who has been affected by breast cancer and demonstrates a commitment to eradicating the disease can go to honorarybatgirl.com to submit a story before April 17. MLB launched the campaign on Tuesday and will honor all affected fans on Sunday, May 12, by decorating specific equipment and other items with the symbolic pink color.Authentic 49ers Joe Montana Jersey.

Fans are invited to share inspirational stories that they or loved ones have or currently are experiencing that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer. Additionally, fans will share the reasons they want to represent their favorite teams as an Honorary Bat Girl. Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.More than 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast over the first four years of the program, and entries can be submitted by breast-cancer survivors, advocates and/or supporters of the cause.

“Major League Baseball is honored to recognize brave women who show strength in the face of breast cancer, as too many are directly affected by this disease season after season,” said Tim Brosnan, MLB executive vice president of business. “We are proud that our Honorary Bat Girl program is a part of the fight to eradicate this global disease through on-field awareness and fundraising, while recognizing some of the strongest and most spirited fans across the country.”

During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day recognition, one Honorary Bat Girl per club will take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive pink merchandise along with two tickets to that day’s game. For clubs on the road that day, a home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girls.

Players will be among a panel of judges that will again help select the winning submissions based on originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast-cancer awareness and public appeal as determined by online fan votes. Celebrity judges will be revealed later.

“At first, I didn’t know how much I would need to do,” Braves outfielder Jason Heyward said last year, when he was one of the judges. “But after reading people’s testimonies, it really didn’t matter. If it was one page or two pages, I didn’t have any problem reading them through. I like to help with anything related to any form of cancer.”

“Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” is a joint partnership between MLB and its licensed partners, Stand Up to Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It has set out to raise awareness about the breast-cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast-cancer research.

On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of players have used Louisville Slugger pink bats stamped with the MLB breast-cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast-cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms, along with pink wristbands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink.

You will be able to help raise funds for this cause by bidding on game-used items from those Mother’s Day games, including the pink bats, at the MLB.com Auction. Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey .Factory pink bats also will be available at the MLB.com Shop, with part of the proceeds benefiting this cause.

“She taught me true strength, showed me how to be brave even during life’s toughest moments, and helped me to understand the value of life,” Kaitlon Busser, one of last year’s Honorary Bat Girls, representing the Cubs, wrote of her mother, who had recently lost her fight with breast cancer. “My mother will always be my pink warrior. There is nothing I would rather do than go to bat against breast cancer by being an Honorary Bat Girl in her name on the first Mother’s Day I will not be able to share with her.”

Go to MLBCommunity.org for more information on the full calendar of baseball’s community events in 2013, and to see how you can be involved in its ongoing programs.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

Dodgers Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey option Gordon, hot-hitting Puig to Minors

The Dodgers  Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey optioned Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga and Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.

The decision not to rush Puig, the Dodgers’ top-ranked prospect, was made, in part, as a result of a decision two years ago to rush Gordon.

Puig, who signed for $42 million last summer as a relative unknown, dominated the Cactus League with a .526 batting average, a Bo Jackson-like frame and an explosive energy that thrilled fans and ruffled opponents.

But the Dodgers outfield is full with Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Besides, Puig has only 95 professional plate appearances after missing the entire 2011 season following a failed attempt to defect from Cuba.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

Management believes he needs more seasoning, especially in the subtle parts of the game, and needs to play every day, which would have been almost impossible in the big leagues. Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston are the extra outfielders.

“I told him he had a great camp and he didn’t do anything wrong,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It was an organizational decision from the standpoint of what we think is best for him now and the long term.

“He came into camp and the guy wasn’t even on the radar. We really didn’t know what to expect. He put himself on the map, probably knocking on the door instead of a couple years away. We knew he was tooled up. We found out he was really smart, he learns quick. He needs a little work in certain areas, the details of the game.Authentic 49ers Joe Montana Jersey.

“I look at Yasiel as a Ferrari — got the motor, the body, the wheels. Just hasn’t been painted yet and you don’t want to leave it in the sun. We want a guy as ready as possible when he walks in the door at Dodger Stadium so he never has to go down again.”

Mattingly said Puig didn’t say anything, but “he didn’t seem too happy about it.”

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In part, Gordon is one of the reasons Puig was sent down. The Dodgers did the opposite when Gordon was their best position prospect. They dealt away shortstop Rafael Furcal at the Trade Deadline in 2011 and gave the job to Gordon, who responded with a solid final two months of that season.

But he struggled on both sides of the ball in the first half of 2012, then suffered a torn thumb ligament on a head-first dive into third base just before the All-Star break, requiring surgery that cost him virtually the rest of the season.

“We felt he needs to be playing every day and continuing to develop,” Mattingly said. “We felt like we rushed him a little bit. He had a good camp, great attitude, no issues. He’s another guy we want to come up and be able to stay. We want him ready, polished, able to do the stuff we found out he wasn’t ready for. You make a plan for a guy, an injury happens [to Hanley Ramirez], what’s the best answer? We didn’t feel Dee was the best answer for Hanley.”

Gordon Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey ‘s injury last year led to the acquisition of Ramirez from Miami. Ramirez suffered a similar injury at the World Baseball Classic earlier this year, but instead of allowing Gordon to replace him, Luis Cruz was moved over from third base, with a trio of utility men — Juan Uribe, Hairston and Nick Punto — rotating at third base.

Freese Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey will open Cards’ season on disabled list

Due to a lingering back injury, David Freese Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey will begin the season on the disabled list, the Cardinals announced on Tuesday. The news comes one day after Freese characterized being ready by Opening Day as a “possibility.”

An MRI on Monday identified inflammation in Freese’s lower back. The third baseman had an anti-inflammatory shot shortly after to address that issue, but that also meant he would have to stay off the field until at least Thursday. The Cardinals wrap up their spring schedule Friday and begin the regular season Monday.

That left insufficient time for Freese to get his body conditioned for the demands of the regular season. He has not played nine innings in a game this spring.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.

“At first, frustration kicks in and you don’t really understand the situation,” Freese said. “But when you think about it … it’s more reassuring to myself and the team that I can get out there and play the rest of the way. … I wanted to get back out there and obviously it didn’t work out. We’re going to take the more cautious approach and get this thing right. It’s about the team. I’m not worth anything unless I’m healthy and unless I’m out there.”

Because Freese last played in a Grapefruit League game on March 22, the Cardinals can backdate his 15-day DL stint nine days, meaning that the third baseman would be eligible to return April 7. General manager John Mozeliak said that the club is targeting the April 8 home opener as a return date for Freese.

In conjunction with moving Freese to the DL, St. Louis has brought Ryan Jackson back from Minor League camp and will give him a place on the 25-man roster until Freese returns. Matt Carpenter is slated to be the team’s third baseman during Freese’s absence, meaning that Daniel Descalso will start at second.

Freese Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey  has taken only 16 at-bats since he bruised his tailbone after tumbling into the stands trying to make a catch on March 4. Only six of those at-bats have come since March 14.

“It’s just more of a practical matter in the sense that he hasn’t played nine innings all spring,” Mozeliak said. “He hasn’t gotten a lot of at-bats over the last two weeks in an aggregate sense. Looking ahead at what’s best for David is to get him some at-bats next week where he could get a lot of work in.”Authentic 49ers Joe Montana Jersey.

Freese will remain in Jupiter to get those at-bats during the Cardinals’ extended spring training. He hopes to resume some of his workout program Wednesday and slowly build up from there.

“Today it feels better,” he said Tuesday morning. “Obviously, the inflammation should start going down pretty quick here.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.I think the big thing is to remember when I feel good in a couple days, to understand that I have still some more time to get ready and get out on these back fields and play some games.”

Freese becomes the third player the Cardinals have had to move to the DL, joining starter Chris Carpenter and shortstop Rafael Furcal. Carpenter and Furcal are out for the season. Closer Jason Motte, though not placed on the DL yet, is also expected to begin the season on it.

Toronto sends former ace Romero Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey to Class A

In a move that nobody could have predicted a year ago, the Blue Jays optioned left-hander Ricky Romero to Class A Dunedin on Tuesday evening.

Romero Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey goes from being the club’s Opening Day starter in 2012 to not cracking its 25-man roster the following spring. It’s a shocking twist in an otherwise uneventful Spring Training for a team that entered camp with its roster basically set in stone.

The Blue Jays opened camp by saying Romero was guaranteed a spot in the rotation, but that message changed in the past two weeks when they put him through a series of mechanical adjustments on the mound. There simply was a lot of work left to do and not enough outings in Spring Training to get everything done.

“We saw a lot of good things and he was fine, but it’s not the Ricky we know he can be,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. “We can try to just keep going, and when you’re at the big league level, it’s hard to continue working on things, or take a little more time, get him back to where he can be.

“It’s always a tough conversation, but he knows he’s not exactly as sharp as he needs to be, and he knows it’s going to take a little bit more time.”

Romero, who wasn’t available for comment, has been one of Toronto’s most valuable pitchers since he first broke into the Major Leagues in 2009. By ’11, he had become the Blue Jays’ No. 1 starter following the departure of Shaun Marcum, and Romero responded with a 15-11 record and a 2.92 ERA en route to his appearance at an All-Star Game.

The following season Romero once again was named the No. 1 starter, but things didn’t go nearly as well. Romero began the year with an 8-1 record, but that masked some struggles on the mound as evidenced by a 4.34 ERA and 46 walks in 95 1/3 innings.

The problems got worse from there, as Romero battled control issues and at times a seeming lack of confidence on the mound. Romero was also dealing with tendinitis in both of his knees, but he pitched through the discomfort and went 1-13 the rest of the way with an alarming 7.35 ERA.

In spite of that, it wasn’t until this spring that the club noticed a flaw in Romero’s delivery. He had always thrown across his body, but was doing so more drastically now and wasn’t maintaining a straight line to the plate.

The Blue Jays attempted to have Romero make the adjustments in mid-March, but there wasn’t enough time to get everything done before the start of the season.

“It’s not results as much as we see some things he needed to change,” Anthopoulos said of Romero, who had a 6.23 ERA this spring. “You talk about direction and lines to the plate, it’s basically your balance going to home plate and where your front foot lands. It sounds easy, but it just takes time when you start repeating it.1989 Joe Montana Jersey.

“He has done this before, he just has a tendency to do it. It’s one thing if you’re just not getting results and you just have to continue to pitch and get out of it. We have a plan for him. We know what we need to address. It’s just not coming as fast as we wanted it to come.”

The fact that Romero has been sent all the way down to Dunedin will be a familiar development for followers of the Blue Jays, as the club took the same approach with right-hander Roy Halladay back in 2001. Halladay went through all three levels of the Minors that season before eventually rejoining the Blue Jays and establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in the game.Joe Montana Throwback Jersey Mitchell and Ness.

But Anthopoulos says Halladay’s situation isn’t comparable to the one currently facing Romero. Halladay had a complete overhaul of his mechanics, whereas the Blue Jays have continually described Romero’s changes as “minor.”

Anthopoulos also said that the decision to send Romero all the way down to Class A had more to do with the climate than the level of competition he’s set to face.

“We thought about where we would send him, we ultimately decided, the other affiliates it’s cold, rainouts, we want to make sure he gets his work in,” Anthopoulos said.

“We’re going to continue to work with him down here where it’s warm, where can get his work in, and really just continue to get the direction of the plate because he’s making strides. Like we told him, we just ran out of time in getting him to where he needs to be.”

The Blue Jays will now hand the No. 5 starter’s job to J.A. Happ. The veteran left-hander has been one of the club’s most reliable starting pitchers this spring, but until Tuesday, he had been expected to begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo.

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Happ put lots of pressure on Romero this spring by posting a 1.89 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. The controversy over who should become the club’s final starter seemed to grow with every outing, but Anthopoulos said the decision didn’t have anything to do with how well Happ performed.

The final call ultimately came down to Romero Joe Montana Mitchell and Ness Jersey and his flawed mechanics. There’s a belief that Romero will eventually get back on track, but when that occurs is anybody’s guess.

“Obviously we have to move forward, but I have no idea what the roster’s going to look like, what’s going to happen,” Anthopoulos said. “Obviously, if he gets back to where he can be, he’s one of the best starters in the game and I think he ends up being on anybody’s team at that point, certainly ours.

“But without trying to forecast what happens a week from now, three weeks from now, a month from now, it’s impossible to say. But I can’t wait for that day to come, when he’s ready and he’s back to what he was.”

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