Griffin: Game 2 notes in Cleveland
The Jays are unsure of any timetable for injured righthander Dustin McGowan to even begin a throwing program in his comeback from right foot plantar fasciitis. It turns out that he also had some discomfort in his right shoulder the last time he threw on flat ground.
“He felt some soreness in the shoulder as the result of varying the arm slot," manager John Farrell revealed. "He didn't injure his shoulder, but because the symptoms in the heel are still being felt and knowing that he felt that in that game, that's why we're being so cautious here. He has not begun to throw yet, in continuing to just make sure that we strengthen the shoulder. With a varying arm slot that was there, we've been taking every precaution regarding that. Even though the symptoms are gradually declining, it's still there and it's not yet to the point where we're confident to put the ball back in his hand.
“What that means to the date of return is still open-ended, but every guy is going to recover at his own rate and because of his personal situation his rate of recovery is slower than normal. So we have to listen to him and he's going to dictate the pace in which we advance things."
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Manager John Farrell was not a happy camper on opening day/night when Luis Perez sprinted across the foul line in the 16th inning, forcing Sergio Santos to head back to the bullpen and robbing him of a chance for the save.
“He didn't quite interpret that he was done," Farrell explained. "He is always a guy that no matter how much he pitches in games, he always asks 'Is that it?' Like I want to keep pitching all the time. We scored the three runs and as soon as the third out was made he's on a dead sprint for the mound, which he's always the first guy for us. It shouldn't have happened."
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On Sunday, righthander Joel Carreno will start against Derek Lowe. The fifth starter, for now, Kyle Drabek will face the Red Sox on Tuesday. After that the Jays will need either Drabek or Carreno on April 15 vs. the Orioles, but won't need the other one until April 21 against the Royals. The plan won't be explained until after the Boston series.
“What we'll do is we'll reserve judgment until we get through the first six games," manager John Farrell said. "Because of the off-days we have the ability to adjust with proper rest for everyone. But we haven't made that determination on who will go back to the pen or otherwise."