(Warning- This post contains uses of "AA" meaning both Alex Anthopoulos, as well as the minor league level between A and AAA. You're on your own to figure out which is which.)
Thanks to literally everybody on twitter for breaking this one like 7 minutes ago. Drabek obviously had been fighting control issues, and probably confidence problems and mental anguish after crushing everybody literally his entire life up to this point. He joins Brett Cecil and Travis Snider in AAA. Stewart has been mediocre in AA New Hampshire so far this year, which makes me question the move at least a little bit. Naturally, I'm smart enough to not doubt AA, but an ERA over 4 in AA doesn't scream readiness to me.
I wonder if this has more to do with who is available to pitch when the time comes for what was Drabek's slot in the rotation. There are a couple of things to remember here: Item the first is that Jesse Litsch is due back in a week or so, and will surely get his spot back. In all likelihood, Litsch comes back, and Stewart goes back down to whence he came. Secondly, Brett Cecil just threw last night (more on that in a second), and probably wouldn't be ready to pitch again when this slot in the rotation comes up, though obviously he could have been skipped or pulled early last night. I'm not sure about Brad Mills, but even if he is theoretically available schedule-wise, which I have no idea if he is or not, maybe they just feel that the time is right to give Stewart a shot, since it's probably only a start or two (unless AA has something up his sleeve). They do seem really apprehensive, for whatever reason, to give Mills another shot in the bigs though.
I'm pretty sure Mills has 2 options left, though there is some loophole that doesn't guarantee the use of an option if a player spends less than 20 days on the MLB-roster (or something like that) that he may have qualified for during his stint late last summer. That may have something to do with it, but I'm not entirely sure on what the plan is for Stewart at this point concerning how long he's up, and whether he's up at the end of the season for good or not. Regardless, I'm excited to see him pitch for the first time.
Back to Brett Cecil, he threw a complete game shutout last night for the 51's, allowing 4 hits, striking out 7, walking 2. Velocity appears to be back to where it was last year, and I read somewhere that his changeup was nasty. I'll link that later if I can find it.
AA prospect Anthony Gose was suspended for 3 games after getting in to some kind of altercation with an opposing catcher.
The great young minds in the 2+2 forum are holding a fantasy draft. I knew I wasn't going to be around when they started, so I didn't get a team in, but still... here.
It looks like Seattlites like to troll their underperforming players just as much as Jays fans do; There's a bar in Seattle that has a promotion on, charging Chone Figgins' average for a draft. This post sums it up better than I could.
For some reason, I keep seeing Edwin Encarnacion's name in the lineup.
Oriole's pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (@jguthrie46) is in Toronto already and is tweeting up a storm. Apparently, nobody in Toronto recognizes him. He has rented a bike, and also plans to have a poutine while in town.