What a tease. Despite a report coming from Hector Gomez out of the Dominican Republic that Vlad Jr. would be called up to make his Major League debut on Tuesday, other reports have indicated that won’t be the case.
Ben Nicholson-Smith tweeted out yesterday that the Blue Jays are still working through the timing of when to call up Vlad Jr. and he figured the date would end up being Friday’s series opener against Oakland. Apparently, the team wants to get him into multiple games in a row in Buffalo before bringing him up to Toronto, for the sake of monitoring his health. Given the weather in Buffalo, the Bisons haven’t been able to play more than two games in a row in over a week.
There’s also the whole Leafs Game 7 thing on Tuesday. While logic would suggest that it’s ideal for the Jays to have Vlad debut on a day with another major sporting event happening in order to take the pressure off of him, the team is owned by a major telecommunications company. They could view Vlad’s debut as a major boon for ticket sales and viewership, in which case avoiding …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation