Let’s do this again — It looks like George Springer will be playing tonight

After yesterday’s false alarm, I assume that many people out there won’t believe this until they actually see him physically standing in the batter’s box, but it looks like today will finally be George Springer’s Blue Jays debut.

Ben Wagner appeared on Sportsnet 590’s Leadoff show and said that he’s led to believe that Springer will be playing on Wednesday night against the Nationals, either as the centre fielder or as the designated hitter. He then quote tweeted the post with his quote and said more definitively that Springer is playing tonight.

George Springer is playing tonight. https://t.co/7ePKPjQYjk
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) April 28, 2021

A lot of responses are already along the lines of “he wasn’t 100% yesterday, so what difference does one day make!!!?”
To be completely honest, I’m going to assume that the Blue Jays opted not to start Springer in the first game because they didn’t want his first big-league action since last October to be facing Max Scherzer. Getting him going on Wednesday against a weaker pitcher in Erick Fedde is a better way for Springer to hit the ground running after missing a month due to injury. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have claimed pitcher Anthony Castro from the Tigers

Sound the alarm, something finally happened!

The Blue Jays have claimed Anthony Castro from the Detroit Tigers. The right-handed pitcher had been designated for assignment by the organization in order to clear room on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

Tigers RHP Anthony Castro, waived to create a spot on the 40-man roster for this week’s Rule 5 Draft, has been claimed on waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.
— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) December 7, 2020

Castro is an interesting addition. MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the Tigers’ No. 17 prospect right now (for the sake of comparison, Patrick Murphy and Julian Merryweather are ranked No. 17 and No. 20 respectively in the Blue Jays’ system) and the word is that he has an electric arm with a wonky delivery and major command issues.
Here’s what Pipeline has to say…
The intrigue around Castro centers around a fastball that sits at 93-95 but works up to 97 mph with cutting action. His slider was a quality chase pitch for him against Double-A hitters, while his changeup has shown enough improvement to throw in different counts. The combination has enough movement that hitters struggle to square him up, evidenced by a low home run rate. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The day-to-day grind of a former 33rd-round pick

It’s early in the morning. The sound of an alarm on a phone rings through the main floor of a house. The summer sun shines through the big window in the living room. It’s time to wake up and get at another hot day.

A young man slowly reaches for the phone on the floor beside him and turns off the ringing sound. He rolls off of the air mattress that he’s been sleeping on for the past couple of months. He looks around the living room. His suitcase is in the corner; clothes scattered on the floor; his friend sleeps a couple of feet away from him in a sleeping bag on an old couch. He walks through the barren hallway. There are no pictures hanging on any of the walls. He enters the kitchen, turns on the tap, and helps himself to a glass of water. The sink is full of dirty dishes. He washes a couple of them. He walks back into the living room, quickly changes, grabs his gym bag, some other things, and yells to his roommates scattered throughout the house that he’s heading out to the yard.
This is not …

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Author: Ryan Di Francesco / Blue Jays Nation