MacArthur: Happ brilliant despite high pitch count

Scott MacArthur
8/12/2013 4:49:53 PM
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TORONTO - The Blue Jays lost 5-1 to American League West-leading Oakland and dropped three of four to the Athletics.

Below are some news items following Monday's game.


J.A. Happ was brilliant on Monday afternoon, working seven innings and throwing 116 pitches in the process.

Happ has a tendency to work a high pitch count relatively early in games. He can be up near 90 or 100 by the fifth or sixth innings.

"He gets a lot of foul balls," said manager John Gibbons. "He's not a control-type guy. Ideally you'd wish he'd throw more strikes but to this point that's not who he is but he does get a lot of foul balls and that tends to run the count up pretty good."

Happ's 116 pitches on Monday was a season high for the left-hander, who will depart the ballclub for a few days to attend his grandfather's funeral.

"I definitely had a heavy heart," said Happ, who became emotional. "I tried to use it. I probably had a little bit of a different attitude, a different outlook, given the last few days. But … I felt good and will be glad to get with family this week."

Happ has been placed on the bereavement list, which leaves him a window of between three and seven days to be away from the ballclub. The move allows the Blue Jays to recall right-hander Todd Redmond from Triple-A Buffalo in time to make the Tuesday night start against the Red Sox.


Esmil Rogers has struggled of late and is headed back to the bullpen. As for 2014, he'll pitch where the Blue Jays put him.

"Any opportunity they give it to me I'm going to take it," said Rogers. "It doesn't matter if it's in the bullpen. it doesn't matter if it's nowhere. I just want to be in here. That's where I want to be. It doesn't matter if it's going to be like a funny thing, like an umpire, I want to be in the big leagues. I want to be here to help the team win."

Rogers made 13 starts for the Blue Jays and initially was effective. He's struggled of late, however, allowing 20 earned runs in his last three outings (12 1/3 innings.)

As a starter, Rogers has a 5.48 ERA and a WHIP of 1.565. In those 13 games opponents hit .307 against Rogers and had an OPS of .863.


Colby Rasmus wasn't in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday.

"We talked (on Sunday) about giving him a day off," said manager John Gibbons. "He tweaked his ab a little bit too. Hopefully it's not a big deal. We'll know a little bit more (Tuesday.")

Rasmus, who turned 27 on Monday, has a good chance to eclipse his single-season career high in home runs (23 – 2010 with St. Louis and 2012 with Toronto.) He has 18 so far this year.

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