6:38 p.m. - Good vibes are contagious in the Jays clubhouse right now.
Today, there was general merriment when Scott Rolen walked in at about 3:30. He'd just come back from a check-up with the surgeon who operated on his crumpled finger, Dr. Thomas Graham.
I ran into Rolen in the tunnel underneath Camden Yards (after going the long way round when I was locked out of the Jays clubhouse. MacLeod, is there no depth you won't sink to?). I knew things were going okay when he immediately stuck out his hand to shake - that is, the hand with the broken finger.
Then I asked him what he was reading. "Still (Upton Sinclair's) The Jungle," he said. Good to know he's not wiling away his days in Florida on the couch.
Later, Rolen told us that he's ahead of schedule on his baseball activities. He's already throwing. He put on a uniform and took batting practice with the team a few minutes ago. But he's not fielding. And he's still on his original rehab schedule. So don't expect to see him until early May. More on this in tomorrow's paper.
But hey, as Aaron Hill cheekily said when he greeted Rolen, "We don't need you, bro. We just swept."
I should add that it is frickin' freezin' here in Baltimore. These people have the worst of both worlds - ice box in spring, steam bath in summer. If you ever again feel like complaining about Toronto weather, visit Baltimore in April or August. That'll learn you.