Here’s the full transcript of today’s availability with Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos. He attempts to explain the reasoning behind Steve Delabar’s demotion to the Minors, various injury updates, Draft news and a few questions about next month’s trade deadline:
Why send down Delabar?
“We’re trying to avoid placing anybody on the DL. We think Adam is days away, he’s really day-to-day at this point. The fact that we had the off-day, our bullpen is fresh and we needed to make a move, Delabar hasn’t performed as well as he did last year, he can use the consistent work, it’s just a combination of things. We needed to clear up a spot to get an infielder up here, and out of the relievers that were there, Chad provided us a little more length right now, and we can get Steve the work as well. That was the move for us unless we were going to go the DL route.”
On the main site you’ll find today’s articles on the Blue Jays top picks. Right-hander Jeff Hoffman was the first player taken by the Blue Jays at ninth overall, Max Pentecost went 11th overall and right-hander Sean Reid-Foley surprisingly dropped all the way into the secound round at No. 49. There will be more on Reid-Foley tomorrow but in the meantime in addition to the main articles here are some additional quotes from Hoffman:
On being a potential top three pick until he underwent Tommy John surgery in May…
“Obviously with everything that happened, it was a little bit of a disappointment when it all went down, when I found out I needed the surgery but I didn’t really let that feeling hang on for too long. I wanted to keep that positive attitude and get right back to it as quickly as I can. Once I got under the knife and got the surgery, I got right back to work, right back into the rehab and now I’m just really excited to get back into business with a great organization.”