Blue Jays: the news feared by Quebecer Otto Lopez
< /p> UPDATE DAY
Otto Lopez will not start the season in Toronto, as the Blue Jays traded the Quebecer to their AAA affiliate in Buffalo on Tuesday morning.
The 24-year-old was battling, according to what Sports Illustrated magazine recently reported, with Vinny Capra and Nathan Lukes for a substitute position. This one seems to have prevailed, as he will be one of the club's four outfielders at the start of the season.
Still, Lopez did well in training camp. He had a .348 batting average on eight hits in 23 at-bats. He drove in four runs and crossed home plate six times. However, on Sunday and Monday, he was held in all five of his plate appearances.
Regular Season Spotlight
Later in the day, the Jays lowered their flag in their last duel of the preparatory calendar. Darick Hall hit a game-winning double to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-5 win.
Canada's only Major League Baseball team concluded the Grapefruit League with a 17-15 record.
The Jays can learn from the day's game for their opener, will face the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. John Schneider's squad crumbled after taking a 4-0 lead.
José Berrios opened the door for the Phillies in the fourth inning. Alex Bohm and Edmundo Soso allowed a teammate to cross the plate with a sacrifice fly, and Jake Cave hit a run-off single.
Tim Mayza came on in relief from the starting pitcher, but immediately allowed three hits and a walk in the third inning. Hall took the opportunity to give his team the lead for the first time, before doing it again to the Blue Jays in the last frame.
Brandon Belt and Bo Bichette had nevertheless set the tone for the game by producing two points each, hitting a single and long ball respectively.