8/17/2014 12:59 P.M. ET
Extra off-days give pitchers a chance to rest
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- The Blue Jays' starting rotation could use a breather, but this week might be taking it to the extreme.
Toronto has three off-days within the span of a week. The first came after a recent series in Seattle with another pair on the way Monday and Thursday.
A day off would normally be a welcome break for a staff that includes veterans R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle plus rookies Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman, but in this case it might be too much of a good thing.
"I'd rather have them spread out a little bit to be honest with you," Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said. "I think when you get three within eight days, that's probably too much. But at the same time, it's not going to hurt us.
"The bullpen could use a breather, the starters at this stage of the season it can't hurt. But there's no question you'd like those days spread out a little bit so there aren't too many days between starts."
Toronto contemplated skipping a starter but ultimately decided to keep everyone on turn. That means each pitcher will make one start on an extra day's rest and an addition outing on an extra two days' rest.
The danger is that could be enough time away to throw everyone off their routine just a bit. The one benefit is that it will rest the arms of a staff that could fatigue down the stretch as neither Hutchison nor Stroman have ever tossed this many innings in their career.
Blue Jays greats to join fans at luncheon
CHICAGO -- Some of the best talent Baseball Canada has to offer will be on hand next month for a fan appreciation luncheon in support of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
A star-studded list of former players and front office executives plan to attend the Sept. 15 event at the Albany Club in Toronto. Tickets can be purchased for $225 with the funds being used to support the construction of a new baseball museum.
Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins and Roberto Alomar will be in attendance alongside former Blue Jays players Lloyd Moseby and Duane Ward. Other guests include Toronto president Paul Beeston, general manager Alex Anthopoulos, former manager Cito Gaston and Hall of Fame columnist Bob Elliott.
"We're very thankful for the support of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Albany Club in making this luncheon happen," said Scott Crawford, the Hall's director of operations. "This is an important fundraiser for us, as we work towards building our new museum. And speaking from a fan's perspective, it's rare to have this many Canadian baseball legends in the same room."
The lunch is followed by a panel discussion, which will be hosted by Sportsnet's Jamie Campbell. Information can be found at baseballhalloffame.ca.