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DUNEDIN, Florida – If Jose Bautista ends the season on the baseball field, itll mark the first time since 2011 but the Blue Jays slugger bristles at the suggestion he isnt a durable ballplayer. Alexander Isak Jersey . "Its not because I was neglecting my training regime or anything like that," Bautista said of his injuries. "It is disappointing and it is upsetting that I dont get to go out there and finish the season with the team and finish strong. Thats been the case in the last two years so hopefully it doesnt happen again." Bautista tore the tendon sheath in his wrist while taking a swing in a game at Yankee Stadium on July 16, 2012. The injury essentially cost him the remainder of the season, save for five plate appearances over two games in late August. Last year, Bautista jammed his hip while running the bases in July. He played with pain for about a month and then removed himself from a game at Yankee Stadium on August 20. He wouldnt set foot on the field for the rest of the year. Bautista continues to hit home runs at a prodigious pace. He went deep on 6.2 per cent of his at-bats in 2013, a trend that has steadily declined since his career-high 54 home run breakout season in 2010 (8.4 per cent in 2011, 8.1 per cent in 2012) when he rounded the bases in 9.5 per cent of his at-bats. Considering he was recovering from serious wrist surgery, a body part that when injured can sap sluggers of their power, his numbers remain impressive. The 33-year-old describes as "great" his just-getting-to-know-you relationship with new hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. The two have spoken briefly in Dunedin and had a couple of phone conversations during the offseason. Broadly put, Seitzers modus operandi is to encourage his hitters to use the entire field. Bautista is among a number of Jays, Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus included, who are almost dead pull hitters. "You just watch the way they throw the shift on him," said manager John Gibbons. "They leave some big holes (on the right side) for him. There are some cheap RBIs that way. I mean, the way I look at it, you get 500 at-bats in a season and say you hit 50 home runs, which is an unbelievable year. Thats still a lot of at-bats without home runs. If youre more of a complete hitter and youll take some hits (to the right side) to get a rally going or drive in a big run or something, that can only help." Leadership and its role on a baseball team continue to be topics of debate among those who follow the game closely. The consensus amongst players is that winning breeds camaraderie, something directly reflected in the success of last years world champion Boston Red Sox. The Jays buried themselves with a 10-17 April last season, injuries mounted and not even an 11-game winning streak in June could salvage the year. As a result, the clubhouse, while it didnt have any crippling divisions, wasnt a tight-knit unit. Players on winning teams, with something to play for, may be more willing to push a single through the opposite side to score a run instead of being concerned primarily with their own stats. "I think if everybody does as well as theyre capable of doing, with some leadership – and hopefully I get to help out in that area – I think we can be a much better team than we were last year and a closer team than we showed last year that we were," said Bautista. The slugger doesnt share fans angst over Torontos relatively quiet offseason. "Not at all," said Bautista. "I think we have a good group of guys. Were very competitive. Were really talented and I think if we remain healthy and everybody plays up to their capabilities, nobody needs to go do anything outstanding or hit 60 home runs or have a sub-1.00 ERA, we just need to play up to our capabilities." Pitching Depth The Blue Jays announced on Friday theyve claimed RHP Liam Hendriks off waivers from Baltimore. To make room for Hendriks on the 40-man roster, the team designated infielder Brent Morel for assignment. Hendriks, 25, was born and raised in Perth, Australia. Hes struggled in limited big league action over three seasons, all with Minnesota, compiling a record of 2-13, an ERA of 6.06 and a WHIP of 1.590. Morel is a former third round pick of the White Sox, selected off waivers from Chicago on December 23. A right-handed bat, there was thought that Morel would compete for a job off the bench. Understanding the Business Reliever Neil Wagner, 30, is caught in the middle of a numbers game and he knows it. "Taken in the 21st round in the middle of nowhere, youre forced to prove yourself and thats how Ive done it my whole career," said Wagner. "I plan on doing that in camp as well." The Blue Jays will consider going with an eight-man bullpen out of camp but that still wont guarantee Wagner a big league job. Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos, Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup and Steve Delabar are guaranteed spots. Dustin McGowan will be stretched out this spring but it seems more likely he will be a reliever. Wagner has an option remaining, whereas Jeremy Jeffress, Esmil Rogers and Todd Redmond do not, which doesnt bode well for his chances to make the team. "They havent told me anything," said Wagner. "Im expecting that Ill be here until Im not. I plan on going out and pitching well and pitching my way onto the team and if things dont work out that way, then Ill go down to Buffalo and do the same thing." Wagner has a live arm, his fastball routinely clocking in the mid to high 90s and can touch 100 miles per hour. He allowed only one run, earned, in his first 12 appearances with the Blue Jays last season. He ended the season with a 3.79 ERA over 36 appearances, striking out 7.8 batters over nine innings while walking 3.1 hitters per nine innings. He had a 1.368 WHIP over what, to this point, was his longest stint in the majors. "I feel like I proved that I can pitch at the big league level but in this game, nothing is given to you, nothings owed to you, so anything could happen at any time and Im perfectly okay with that." Nickeas Cant Lose Catcher Mike Nickeas kept an eye on the Canada-USA semi-final hockey game in Sochi. "Im a winner today, either way," he joked in passing. Nickeas was born in Vancouver in 1983, while his father, whos English, was playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the now-defunct North American Soccer League. His mother is American and Nickeas grew up in California, which explains his allegiances to both sides. Guess is hell be cheering for Canada in Sundays gold medal game against Sweden. Gibbons Talks Haircuts Manager John Gibbons, himself sporting a new, shorter haircut this spring, didnt appreciate my efforts to update my do. "It looks like a ducks ass," Gibbons joked before starting his daily scrum with the media. Well, I cant change the haircut now. My pride wont allow it. Marcel Schmelzer Jersey . Although taking two of three from the Baltimore Orioles wasnt nearly as uplifting as winning the World Series, it still felt pretty darn good. Felix Doubront and four relievers combined kept Baltimores potent lineup in check, and David Ortiz had three of Bostons 12 hits off Wei-Yin Chen in a 4-3 victory Thursday night. Marco Reus Jersey . The game had many controversial incidents that, upon closer inspection, were not as controversial as many believed. The Formations Toronto FC lined up in its usual 4-4-2 formation, with Nick Hagglund slotting in at right fullback and Bradley Orr at centreback in place of the injured Mark Bloom and Steven Caldwell, respectively. http://www.dortmundfcshop.com/c-19-matthias-ginter-fc-borussia-dortmund-jersey.aspx .J. -- Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks.LONDON, ONT – With speckles of stubble now dotting his 19-year-old face, Morgan Rielly has little interest in minimizing expectations for his second season as a prospect in the Maple Leafs organization. "Pretty high ones," he said with some degree of certainty. "Obviously, my goal is to make the Leafs this year." Rielly is one among 25 prospects in London, Ontario this weekend for the organizations annual rookie tournament, an early springboard into NHL training camp next week. "Hes obviously a very gifted defenceman," said Steve Spott, the newly named head coach of the Marlies and frontman for the assembled group in London, "but at the same time, its a process and one thing I think the organization is cognizant of is making sure we develop the players the right way." The Leafs have two simple and yet very distinct choices as it pertains to the immediate future of the fifth overall pick from the 2012 draft. The organization can opt to keep him with the NHL club in Toronto – with a nine-game tryout window – or send him back to Moose Jaw for another year of junior hockey with the Warriors (he is not eligible to play in the AHL). Ultimately, Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, his management team and the coaching staff, led by Randy Carlyle, will have to determine which course of action is best for the long-term development of their number one prospect. "Morgans play is going to dictate where he ends up," said Spott. "You cant teach the ability and the skill that he has, but ultimately, his play will dictate where he ends up." Carlyle will be among the Toronto brass in attendance for the four-team tournament, which also includes the Penguins, Blackhawks and Senators, the head coach getting a first look at Riellys progress ahead of camp. Regardless of his potential and performance this weekend and in the NHL exhibition schedule to follow, the Leafs have to be wary of any decision that includes keeping their promising defender. In doing so beyond the threshold of nine regular season games, they would initiate the clock on his entry-level contract, a friend in todays cap-conscious world, and in some ways jump-start his development curve. Thus, its usually wise to opt for caution and patience, even if all signs point to readiness right away. Case in point, what went wrong in Buffalo last season. Despite the hasty schedule that lay ahead post-lockout, the Sabres chose to stick with 18-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko beyond the requisite threshold of NHL aaction (five games in the 48-game schedule) only to determine after 25 games and spotty ice-time that he was not quite ready for the pros. Jacob Bruun Larsen Jersey. They promptly delivered him back to junior with the Quebec Ramparts, burning a year of his entry-level deal with little to show for it. Luke Schenn offers a more complex case locally. Like Rielly, Schenn was picked fifth overall in 2008 and had played three years of junior with the Kelowna Rockets. Then an 18-year-old, he arrived at training camp that fall with an obvious NHL frame and bravado that suggested he was ready to play right away. The brass, led at that time by Cliff Fletcher and his head coach Ron Wilson, opted to keep the rugged defender, who actually thrived with a solid rookie year. What followed though were three years of inconsistent development, capped by a trade to Philadelphia in the summer of 2012. Conversely, the organization exercised the highest degrees of patience and caution with Nazem Kadri, rewarded when he broke out with 44 points in 48 games last season. Rielly is the most prized and promising of the Toronto prospects, offering an elegant stride and unique penchant for making something out of nothing on the back-end, offensively. Hell compete for a spot on a busy Leafs defence, one that should include nine defenders with NHL experience (the unsigned Cody Franson likely to be among them). At a brief training camp following the lockout last January, the Leafs chose prudence with Rielly and sent him back to junior for his third season in Moose Jaw, where he went on to post 12 goals and 54 points in 60 games before joining the Marlies for 22 games (eight in the playoffs) thereafter. Having coached him twice prior – at the Under-18 tournament and World Juniors last December – Spott sees a bright future for the young defender. "Hes definitely matured as a young man and ultimately now, I think he realizes whats available for him," said Spott, who replaced Dallas Eakins in early July. "I think he takes it very seriously; I think this camp for him, this week for him, is going to be real important." Despite the caution, the organization may eventually opt to employ with him and Rielly will do his part in the coming days to make that choice all the more difficult. The rookie tournament is just the start. "Hes intelligent, hes sharp, hell be able to handle himself in this city," Spott concluded, "and I think ultimately is going to be a special defenceman for the organization for a long time." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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