Slowly, very slowly, the Blue Jays continue to get players trickling back into the lineup after extended time off recovering from injuries.
Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, out since July 17 with a strained right forearm, is scheduled to return to the team and should be available to play in Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Frasor made a second rehab appearance on Saturday and pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts for Class-A Dunedin during a 3-1 victory over Clearwater.
Toronto manager John Farrell said Frasor felt great after his outing and will rejoin the Major League team.
Rehashing the big play from Saturday’s game, in which Omar Vizquel was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base, the final out in 5-4 Tampa Bay Rays victory, Farrell acknowledged he could have inserted Yunel Escobar as a pinch runner.
Escobar is 29, Vizquel 45.
“It’s debatable if there’s an increase in speed there, stayed with Omar,” Farrell said.
It was the second straight game between the two teams that ended with a runner being thrown out at the plate.
On Friday night, rightfielder Moises Sierra threw out Elliot Johnson to preserve a 2-1 Toronto victory.
The Blue Jays said it marked just the second time in club history that a Toronto outfielder ended the game on an assist with the potential tying run trying to score.
The only other time it happened was on Sept. 14, 1983 at Seattle where rightfielder Jesse Barfield threw John Moses out from right field in a 4-3 Blue Jays win.