Hunter Pence is unlikely to make it back by May 1

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The prevailing wisdom was that Hunter Pence was likely to miss all of April due to his fractured forearm, but that he’d be back by around the first of May.

Well, nope: Bruce Bochy talked about his return schedule yesterday, and that schedule makes it appear unlikely that he’ll be back by then. He still has yet to hit off a tee and take soft-toss batting practice and stuff, and he must do that before seeing live pitching. That’s not the sort of thing you can do in a week or so.

Blue Jays sign Marc Rzepczynski to minor league deal

Marc Rzepczynski
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The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.

Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.

While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.