• Right-hander Ramon Ortiz has resumed throwing at the Blue Jays Minor League complex in Florida. Ortiz's career appeared to possibly be over after he suffered a severe right elbow injury during a game against the Padres on June 2. He was expected to require Tommy John surgery but avoided the procedure in the ensuing weeks, and he has now started throwing off a mound.
Ortiz has thrown a couple of side sessions at the Bobby Mattick complex in Dunedin, Fla. The 40-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season and appears set on trying to make his return to professional baseball in 2014.
• Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia had something positive to build on after he snapped an 0-for-27 skid at the plate with an RBI single during the ninth inning of Saturday night's 4-2 victory over Boston. The ball likely would have left most ballparks, but instead bounced off the Green Monster as Arencibia was held to a single.
It provided the Blue Jays with some breathing room, but more importantly -- at least temporarily -- it helped Arencibia snap out of his slump. "I would think so," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That extra run in this ballpark was huge, too."
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.