By Mike Harrington
Anthony Gose played in the Bisons' 4-2 loss to Rochester yesterday, then apparently hit the QEW to Toronto as he was seen in the Blue Jays' clubhouse in Rogers Centre last night so he could make the club charter to Florida. And the Blue Jays have now made it official: Gose has been recalled from the Herd and pitcher Mickey Storey has been returned to Buffalo.
Jays manager John Gibbons went one step further this morning during an interview on the FAN 590 in Toronto when he said he expects to start both Gose and Kevin Pillar in the outfield tonight for the series opener at Tampa Bay.
While the losses of Pillar and Gose are tough ones to stomach with the Bisons in the final 20 games of their playoff push, the Jays are dealing with center fielder Colby Rasmus being on the DL, second baseman/backup outfielder Emilio Bonifacio being traded to Kansas City and now utility man Munenori Kawasaki being on the paternity list.
Moreover, Pillar and Gose deserved the callup. Gose, especially, went through some tough times in Buffalo this season but has been at his best in August with a .283 batting average and 10 steals in 11 attempts. Since Aug. 4, Gose is at .313,has hit safely in 10 of 13 games and is 10 for 10 in steals.
For their part, the Bisons did pick up Eastern League all-star Brad Glenn from New Hampshire and he homered in his first Triple-A at-bat Thursday. But this is shaping up to be a make-or-break part of the scheule with tonight's homestand finale against Rochester and a four-game set at red-hot Pawtucket opening Saturday night in McCoy Stadium.
The PawSox have won five in a row and have dropped the Bisons to third in the wild-card race, 1 1/2 games back. There are 18 games left and if the Bisons don't hold the fort the next five days, they're not going to have time to bounce back.