Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Opening Day BJ could bring happy faces all around

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No, I’m not talking about trying to convince your g/f to give you an opening day BJ in the 500’s, I’m talking about BJ Ryan. It sounds like he could possibly be ready for Opening Day, if all goes according to schedule.

J.P. apparently told papers that BJ will join the team roster for spring training in Dunedin the next week or so. He’s thrown a few bullpen sessions so far, and looks pretty good - considering he had his friggin elbow ripped out about 9 months ago.

I don’t expect BJ to close on Opening Day - rather it will probably be Accardo. But this is good news, considering most fans didn’t expect BJ to come back until possibly May or June of this year anyway. Also, it looks like Janssen’s starting spot may depend on whether or not BJ is the closer for opening day. If BJ isn’t ready to be closer, then Janssen will likely begin the season as the Jays’ setup man.

This means that Jesse Litsch’s chances of locking up the 5th position in the starting rotation just got better. Cha-ching! Yes, it’s all falling into place, isn’t it?

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