Rauch misses session with minor ankle injury
Blue Jays take cautious approach with newly acquired reliever
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays right-hander Jon Rauch was scratched from his scheduled bullpen session on Wednesday because of a right ankle injury.
The 32-year-old Rauch twisted his ankle while walking down a flight of stairs earlier in the week. He was still able to do long toss on flat ground, and the injury is not considered serious. For now, though, the club wants Rauch to take a cautious approach with his workouts.
"We just want to be sure that he has passed some tests from a physical standpoint before we put him back on the mound," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said of Rauch.
"We've got time on our side right now, and there's no reason to think he won't be ready once we get into the games schedule and certainly when the beginning of the regular season starts. We just want to be precautionary at this point and make sure there are no lingering issues before we get him on the mound."
Rauch signed a one-year contract worth $3.75 million with the Blue Jays during the offseason. The eight-year veteran spent last season pitching for the Twins, with whom he went 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 21 saves over 57 2/3 innings.
Rogers shuffles Blue Jays' broadcast crew
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Rogers Sportsnet has reportedly made some changes to its Blue Jays broadcast crew for the 2011 season.
Analyst Rance Mulliniks and on-field reporter Sam Cosentino will not be part of the network's national coverage.
"I was not offered a contract for this upcoming season," Mulliniks told the National Post. "I think it was really a result of there being some changes in management at Rogers Sportsnet, and they just really wanted to go in another direction."
It was not immediately clear who would be replacing Cosentino on the field, nor was it known whether Rogers Communications would employ a second analyst to share duties with Pat Tabler.
For the past several years, Mulliniks and Tabler shared color commentary duties, with Mulliniks handling most of the West Coast broadcasts.
Blue Jays' single-game tickets on sale now
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Single-game tickets for the Blue Jays' 2011 season are now on sale to the general public.
This year's Opening Day game will take place in Toronto on Friday, April 1, against the Minnesota Twins. There will be an on-field ceremony celebrating the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame class, including former Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar.
That Sunday, the first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a Jose Bautista bobblehead in recognition of his record-breaking 54-homer season.
Other notable games include right-hander Roy Halladay's return to Toronto when the Blue Jays host the Phillies in a three-game series from July 1-3. All-Star center fielder Vernon Wells will return on Aug. 12-14 when the Angels visit Rogers Centre.
Group tickets, luxury suites, season tickets and flex packs are currently available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bluejays.com, by phoning 1-888-OK-GO-JAY, at the Blue Jays box office located outside Gate 9 at Rogers Centre or at any Rogers Plus or Jays shop locations.