The Toronto Blue Jays broke for Montreal after six weeks in Florida with several roster decisions still looming, even with the pending addition of reliever Daniel Hudson bringing some stability to a making-it-up-on-the-fly bullpen.
A rough outing for Sean Reid-Foley during an 18-5 drubbing from the Detroit Tigers in Sunday’s Grapefruit League finale won’t help his candidacy to help cover Ryan Borucki’s absence from the starting rotation. An uneven inning from Bud Norris, meanwhile, should secure his spot as the set-up man for opening day as long as he’s fine physically.
As things stand, the bullpen has five men in it, featuring closer Ken Giles, lefty Tim Mayza, righty Joe Biagini, Hudson and Norris, leaving two or three spots still up for grabs. Candidates include Sam Gaviglio and, perhaps, Thomas Pannone in a long-man role; Rule 5 pick Elvis Luciano, who is a wild-card, along with non-roster invitees Justin Shafer, Javy Guerra, Danny Barnes and Jason Adam, who’s forced his way into the mix with seven strikeouts in three clean innings since being acquired for cash from the Kansas City Royals for cash March 17.
Manager Charlie Montoyo has been so impressed by the right-hander that he asked Adam – whose fastball spin-rate average of 2,580 last year was in the 99th percentile among big-league pitchers – for Royals pitching coach Cal Eldred’s phone number.