Marc Rzepczynski out 6 weeks with broken finger

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Marc Rzepczynski was battling for a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation after posting a 3.67 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last season, but took a ground ball off his left hand in yesterday’s game and has been diagnosed with a fractured middle finger.
He won’t be cleared to pick up a ball for at least two weeks and is expected to miss up to six weeks in all, making it likely that he’ll have to work his way back into the Blue Jays’ rotation plans with a stint at Triple-A.
Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero, and Brandon Morrow are expected to fill the first three spots in Toronto’s rotation, and now that Rzepczynski is out of the picture Dana Eveland, Brian Tallet, and Brett Cecil are competing for the final two spots. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian notes that Eveland and Tallet will almost surely make the team, but their roles haven’t been determined yet.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.