The Blue Jays have some interest in Jay Bruce

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Jon Morosi reports the Blue Jays have talked about Jay Bruce as a possible trade target.

Which would make sense for a team that lost Adam Lind and is likely going to lose Melky Cabrera. Bruce, like them, is a lefty with some pop and would look good in the Jays’ lineup.

Morosi notes that the Padres, too, are looking at Bruce. Which basically means that he’s turning into the Pablo Sandoval Consolation Prize, I guess.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.