6/9/2013 7:08 P.M. ET
Reyes nears rehab games; Lawrie's recovery slows
By Evan Peaslee / MLB.com
TORONTO -- There's some good news and some bad news for two of the Blue Jays' most energetic stars.
For Jose Reyes, it's all positive. For Brett Lawrie, however, the news was less so.
Reyes was seen flying around the bases prior to Saturday's game, and his recovery from a severely sprained left ankle is going very well.
"He's certainly getting close, and it's great to see," said general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who added Reyes will begin his rehab assignment in within the next 10 days.
"Then it'll be a question of how many at-bats is he going to need, and how [do] his legs feel after playing seven innings, nine innings, and so on. But we're definitely going to be anxious to have him back."
Lawrie injured his left ankle on an awkward slide two weeks ago, but it's not healing the way the club hoped. The third baseman has since been put in a walking boot to try and speed up the recovery process.
"I don't really have a timeline [for his return], because it just takes time to heal," Anthopoulos said. "Again, he's going to have to get back to running and all those kind of things. It's not as severe as Reyes, but it seems like it's certainly healing very slowly right now."
Bautista tossed arguing ninth-inning strikeout
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista let some frustration show in a big way Sunday in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss.
With the Blue Jays down two and the tying run on second, Bautista struck out on three pitches against Rangers closer Joe Nathan.
The right fielder was displeased with one, or both, of the first two strikes and let home-plate umpire Gary Darling know about it. Bautista was almost immediately ejected for the first time this season, then turned it into a heated argument before throwing equipment onto the field as he returned to the clubhouse.
"Doesn't help him, that's for sure," manager John Gibbons said of his slugger's growing reputation for showing up home-plate umpires. "It really hasn't been a problem this year. Today he kind of blew up, but if you look over the season, it hasn't been an issue. We just need to move on."
Bautista was presumably upset with the first pitch he saw from Nathan, which was in the lower portion of the zone, but he could have also been upset with the second strike, called by first-base umpire Paul Emmel on a check-swing attempt. He refused to speak to the media after the game.
That didn't stop Nathan from speaking his mind.
"It's a strike in baseball," Nathan said of the first pitch. "I'm not going to say it was borderline, I think it was a strike."
Blue Jays tab veteran Wang for Tuesday start
TORONTO -- After about a week of speculation, the Blue Jays confirmed that Chien-Ming Wang has signed with the club and will start Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
The start was originally intended for Chad Jenkins, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos liked what he's seen from the Taiwanese right-hander.
"Wang, even at the Minor League level, has had a lot more success than Chad has," Anthopoulos said."Then you look, obviously, at what he's done in his career, his experience.
"[He'll throw] a lot of strikes, get a lot of ground balls. He's not going to strike too many guys out, but he's going to induce contact and he should pitch deep into the game if he's having success."
Wang, 33, had been pitching for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, but was granted his release in order to pursue an opportunity in the Major Leagues. The seven-year veteran signed a $500,000 contract with the Blue Jays earlier this week, with a corresponding move to place Wang on the team's roster pending.
The Blue Jays are only guaranteeing one start for the two-time 19 game winner, but would be more than happy to give him more based on his performance.
"We hope he makes a lot of starts for us, but you don't want to promise X number amount of starts," Anthopoulos said. "Hopefully he does well, and we catch lightning in the bottle with him."
Wang was 4-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 58 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and pitched 12 scoreless innings at the World Baseball Classic.
Wang struggled last year with the Nationals, going 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA, and giving up 50 hits in only 32 1/3 innings.
It's been an ongoing trend for the right-hander, whose injury woes dating back to 2008 have derailed a once-promising career.
Part of the reason Toronto signed him was to acquire pitching depth. With Brandon Morrow and J.A. Happ on the disabled list, and Ricky Romero working on finding his form in Triple-A Buffalo, the Blue Jays are thin on replacement options.
"If Chad makes that start and something else happens to another starter, I don't know who the next guy would be right now," Anthopoulos said.
Weber fills long role before Oliver's Monday return
TORONTO -- Darren Oliver will return from the 15-day DL on Monday.
Oliver has been out since May 19 with shoulder soreness, but made two scoreless appearances last week with Class A Dunedin.
"He feels great, did well, no problems at all," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He'll be activated tomorrow."
The 42-year-old lefty could have been activated for Sunday's finale against the Rangers, but after Saturday's 18-inning marathon in which the Blue Jays exhausted their entire bullpen, the club recalled Thad Weber from Triple-A Buffalo to provide some long-inning insurance. Toronto optioned Brad Lincoln to Buffalo after Saturday's game.
"It's just one of those things that worked out for us to give [Oliver] another day of rest," Anthopoulos said.
Although brief, this marks Weber's third stint with a big league club this season and his second with Toronto. He threw a scoreless ninth in Sunday's 6-4 loss, making his fifth appearance for the Blue Jays after pitching in three games for San Diego earlier this season.
• Brandon Morrow will throw a bullpen session sometime during Toronto's three-game set against the White Sox, which begins Monday in Chicago.
Morrow, on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm soreness, will then head to Florida, where he'll begin his rehab assignment. He is expected to need at least two starts to build up arm strength before returning to the Blue Jays.
Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.