Daily Duce: Tuesday, February 21st

Andrew Stoeten
February 21 2017 01:44PM



Sportsnet has a video with a ridiculous, clickbait-y headline, quoting Mark Shapiro, who says there is "some level of anxiety" on Josh Donaldson, given his injured calf. What anyone who actually listens to the comments will understand Shapiro means is that it's not nothing and it's not good -- he's not going to wave it off or pretend that the three week timeline we've heard will prove true and all will be good to go from there. All of this is true, but on the other hand: relaaaaaaaaaax. 

More from the "misleading headlines" file: Jays Journal has a piece about whether the Jays may not want to start Aaron Sanchez on Opening Day, which suggests that "if Sanchez doesn't get the assignment," the author's belief is that it will probably go to J.A. Happ. The title of the post: Look for J.A. Happ to start Opening Day, not Aaron Sanchez. Uh....

More fun with headlines comes via the Toronto Sun, as Steve Buffery gives us: Mat Latos: Big arm or bad apple?

Elsewhere in the Sun, Buffery looks at Rule Five-er Glenn Sparkman, who has a shot at being this year's Joe Biagini (only presumably, y'know, not uncomfortably unfunny).

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Fun With Photo Day

Andrew Stoeten
February 21 2017 12:23PM

If you follow @BlueJays on Twitter, you'll have noticed a couple things lately: one, that the account now appears to be run by your insufferably upbeat kooky aunt, and two, today is photo day!

Ahh, yes, the annual ritual of Blue Jays players having their pictures taken, and then getting mocked by shitlords on the internet. Feels like spring already!

Of course, there isn't too much to mock in the batches of pics pouring in to Getty Images right now, but I'll see what I can do...

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Josh Donaldson Misses Workout, MRI Indicates Right Calf Strain

Cam Lewis
February 18 2017 12:30PM


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There was some absolutely terrifying news out of Blue Jays camp today, as multiple sources reported that Josh Donaldson wasn't at the team's first full workout because he "felt something" in his calf. Donaldson will get an MRI on his calf today, a Blue Jays spokesperson said. Uh oh! 

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This Full Troy Tulowitzki Scrum Is a Hell of a Thing To Watch

Andrew Stoeten
February 17 2017 03:53PM

Troy Tulowitzki
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Troy Tulowitzki plays for the Toronto Blue Jays.

That's a beautiful phrase just about any time of day, but I dare you to think it it after watching the full eleven minute scrum Tulo had with reporters in Dunedin on Thursday and not come away with a huge smile on your face.

I'm not sure how or why this has made its way onto YouTube, or how long it's going to last before it gets pulled -- especially after this post -- but hot damn. As much as I'm fully in the tank for outspoken and fun ballplayers like José Bautista or Marcus Stroman, to see Tulowitzki light up as he talks about his job, and the pride he takes in it, and the passion he has for it, and for making his teammates better, and for being an "old school" type and an elder statesman of the shortstop position, and the respect that he has for the game? Dude, you might start weeping.

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Bautista Speaks!: On Motivation and Positional Flexibility

Andrew Stoeten
February 17 2017 01:32PM


José Bautista arrived at camp in Dunedin on Thursday, and had his first real scrum with the media since re-signing with the Blue Jays late in the winter, following a spell on the open market characterized by an utter lack of interest from most clubs.

Sporting the jersey of another club whose best players are past it -- HEYO! -- Bautista strode out from inside the Jays' training facility in Dunedin to face the microphones and talk about the upcoming season. At least one of Bautista's answers came off "rather icily," according to Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail, but judging by a Canadian Press video embedded in his piece, it was hardly a tense interaction.

You can probably guess which question caused the frosty reaction. To paraphrase MacLeod (because the moment, unfortunately, doesn't appear in the video), it was about whether he had something to prove this season, to dispel the notion that he's injury prone and on the downside of his career.

"I wasn't aware that was the perception," Bautista said.

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