5/25/2013 1:05 A.M. ET
Blue Jays to rely more on Cecil, Delabar in bullpen
By Evan Peaslee / MLB.com
TORONTO -- With Darren Oliver on the 15-day DL, the roles in the Blue Jays bullpen have changed for some of its younger hurlers.
Both Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar have seen a good share of work in the middle-to-late innings this season, but they will be relied on in more pressure situations with the veteran left-hander out with a sore shoulder.
"Darren was basically our eighth inning guy for the most part, so those guys will have to just slide up and fill that role," manager John Gibbons said.
It was a natural decision for Gibbons, who's been impressed with what he's seen from the duo thus far in the season, and he will likely use them based on the situation at hand.
"We'll see how it all stacks up," Gibbons said. "Delabar is good against righties and lefties. Cecil is a specialist, but he can get both.
"I think [Cecil] just found his niche. He really likes it in the bullpen ... . He's just doing a great job."
Even with Delabar and Cecil seemingly up to task -- both have logged a lot of innings and lead the team in ERA out of the bullpen (1.80 and 2.25, respectively) -- Oliver's loss is substantial.
"One less valuable guy down there," Gibbons said. "He's a good pitcher for us. Hopefully it's not too long."
Gibbons, Lawrie tossed after called third strike
TORONTO -- Manager John Gibbons and third baseman Brett Lawrie were ejected from Friday's game vs. the Orioles.
Even after the game, Lawrie was surprised with the ejection.
"I didn't do anything," Lawrie said. "What you guys saw is what happened. I didn't do anything. I didn't say one word to [home-plate umpire Dan Bellino]. Not one. Didn't look at him one time, and I'm in trouble for that.
"From my standpoint the at-bat was over. Flipped my bat down. Flipped my helmet down. Walked to my position. Apparently you get in trouble for that."
The ejection occurred in the bottom of the third inning, with two men on and two out and the Blue Jays trailing, 9-3. Toronto's third baseman was rung up by Bellino on a pitch on the inside corner to end the Blue Jays' threat.
Lawrie, clearly not pleased with the call, put his helmet down quickly in disgust and threw his batting gloves back towards his helmet -- and the umpire -- as he walked up the third-base line.
Bellino immediately tossed Lawrie.
"It was a called strike three, he threw down his helmet and his bat, and was given an equipment fine by the home plate umpire," crew chief Wally Bell said to a pool reporter. "As he walked away, in [Bellino's] opinion, he flipped the gloves back in a bad manner and that will get an ejection. That's what it was. He threw them back toward Danny in a way that wasn't etiquette in baseball and he was ejected for it."
"It's an equipment violation. That's where they get you when you're throwing stuff," Gibbons said. "Next time, he's got to throw his gloves in the other direction, I guess."
Gibbons came out to protest the decision to eject his player. By the time the Blue Jays manager reached the umpire, he was also ejected from the game.
"More or less protecting his player," said Bell. "Then he started talking about balls and strikes and was ejected."
It was the third ejection of the season for the Toronto manager and the first for Lawrie.
Gose learns lesson after scoring on aggressive play
TORONTO -- One of the most exciting plays in Thursday's 12-6 victory over the Orioles was actually a mistake.
Anthony Gose scored all the way from second on a passed ball by Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, rounding third when the catcher threw to second and narrowly beating the return throw home.
"I just completely 100 percent missed what [third-base coach Luis Rivera] said," Gose said. "I thought he said, 'Go, go,' and he was saying, 'Watch the throw.' … I was already in 'run' mode, so when I heard, 'Oh, oh' at the end, that's all I caught. I took off. Not smart in that situation."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wasn't that upset Friday afternoon since the speedy outfielder managed to slide under the tag, but he admitted that Gose needs to be better at understanding when the right time in the game is to take a risk like that.
"You got to recognize the situation," Gibbons said. "We have the middle of our lineup up there, no outs. There's time to take some risks and there's time not to."
After the passed ball, the Blue Jays likely would have had runners in scoring position with none out and one of their most dangerous hitters at the plate in Edwin Encarnacion, who hit a grand slam earlier in the game.
"That's a moment right there that could've turned into something really bad by not thinking," Gose said.
It's a fine line for the athletic outfielder, who's been working with hitting coach Chad Mottola on thinking less at the plate and letting his natural athletic ability and skill take over.
With that said, there's a time and place for that as well.
"Obviously, you still got to be smart," Gose said. "You need to know the situation that's going on."
"Ninety-nine times out of 100, I'm out. Guys are too good ... they don't panic under pressure here. The guys are calm. That's why they're here, because they can slow the game down. Right there, I sped it up and it worked out, but it's not something I'm going to keep doing."
For the youngster, who's found his way into three games since arriving with on Monday and scoring twice, it's a lesson learned.
"Being more aware and having a better feel of what the situation is and what's going on is what has to happen there," Gose said. "Not a smart baserunning decision on my part."
• J.A. Happ was moved to the 60-day DL on Friday. The left-hander is progressing, but his right knee sprain needs more time to rehabilitate.
"He's just waiting for his knee to recover, enough so that he can start doing some things," said Gibbons, who also mentioned that he is expecting the left-hander to start using a brace in the near future.
The good news for Happ is that his head is fine just two weeks after sustaining a small skull fracture when he was hit by a line drive.
Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.