BLUE JAYS OPEN 35TH SPRING TRAINING

By on February 14, 2011

DUNEDIN, Fla.—(RSE) The Toronto Blue Jays opened their 35th spring training Monday with their first official workout for pitchers and catchers at the Englebert Complex in Dunedin.

     As a new way of doing things the team bused the 3.7-miles from their clubhouse at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium AKA Grant Field to the Englebert Facility for a two hour workout.

     “I think everyone in uniform is putting forth the effort they have done during the off season,” said Rookie Manager John Farrell of the team being prepared for camp.”

     As to the likes of 2B Aaron Hill and 1B/DH Adam Hill now coming into their own Farrell said, “It’s a time of excitement …they know they are capable of contending.”

     One question that is asked every spring of the team’s manager is how many games will you win this season?  Farrell handled it well his first time out.

     “There is no number placed on wins,” said Farrell, “It would be counter productive.”

JAYS NOTES: The team voided the contract of RHP Brian Stokes, a non-roster invitee to spring training because of his physical according to team spokesman Jay Stenhouse. …According to Farrell, Pinellas Park resident Jesse Litsch has made enough progress from arm and hip surgery over the past two seasons that, “He will get the ball every five days this spring.”

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