Blue Jays beaten as Pompey suffers freak injury
After learning that relievers Ryan Tepera and John Axford would miss the start of the season with elbow injuries, the Jays’ went onto a 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sam Gaviglio, who had a 1.29 ERA heading into his seventh appearance of the spring, gave up eight runs on seven hits over 31/3 innings. Including Bryce Harper’s first home run as a Phillie. In the first inning. He had only conceded two runs before Thursday.
It was one of three home runs Gaviglio surrendered. In all, the Phillies hit five, two by Harper.
The Jays responded with four homers of their own. By Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Rowdy Tellez and Billy McKinney.
After Gaviglio, relievers Danny Barnes and Thomas Pannone combined to surrender five runs. While Jason Adam, recently acquired from the Royals, gave up one hit and struck out two in his first appearance for the Jays. Veteran reliever Bud Norris was scheduled to pitch but didn’t.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said he wasn’t hurt. But “didn’t feel right” during a light bullpen session. It was the final day that Norris, who saved 28 games for the Cardinals last season, could opt out of his minor-league deal.
Dalton Pompey Concussion Worry
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey is being evaluated after hitting his head against bats in his locker.
The 26-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., was scratched from the club’s lineup prior to their spring training tilt against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
Pompey, who is attempting to lock down a spot on the Blue Jays, has a history of concussions, having suffered one representing Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic and another while with the Buffalo Bisons in June 2016.
“We’ve got to wait for the concussion test,” said manager Charlie Montoyo, who struggled to picture how the accident might have happened. “That’s all I know. It happened right before we came (to Clearwater to play the Phillies).”
The Blue Jays’ had a disastrous day on Thursday. Ryan Tepera booked an appointment with surgeon Dr. David Altchek. While John Axford was shut down for at least four weeks and Kevin Pillar is suffering from neck stiffness. Furthermore, Bud Norris didn’t pitch his inning.
Charlie Montoyo said the decision to shut him down came when the right-hander “was getting loose a little bit, just playing catch and didn’t feel right. We said hold on, let’s find out before he throws.”