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Sports Biagini on batting vs. Braves: ‘Can’t imagine it’s going to go very well’

21:31  15 may  2017
21:31  15 may  2017 Source:

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The Toronto Blue Jays begin a four-game interleague series with the Atlanta Braves Monday, and Joe Biagini is already fretting about something he’ll have to do during his scheduled start in Atlanta Wednesday.

The reliever-turned-starter is going to have to swing a bat in the majors for the first time.

“I can’t imagine it’s going to go very well,” Biagini jokingly told Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker on Baseball Central Monday.

As a way to cope with this unfamiliar endeavour, Biagini might take a unique approach to his plate appearances.

“I think I’m going to draw my own on-deck circle,” he said. “That’s part of the plan and it’s probably going to be behind the dugout somewhere. I’m thinking about bringing a glove up there instead of a bat just in case.”

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If John Gibbons gives him the signal to bunt?

“I’ll put on my bunting face and I’ll go out there and stand near the plate and make it happen.”

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Biagini’s only real professional experience as a batter was in 2015 when he had 20 at-bats in 23 games with San Francisco Giants’ double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

He had two hits for a .100/.182/.100 batting line.

“I had a brief little moment of shining brilliance in double-A and then before that it hasn’t been for a while,” Biagini said of his history swinging the lumber.

The 26-year-old righty has an ERA of 2.28 in 16 appearances, including two starts, for the Blue Jays in 2017.

He received a standing ovation after his most recent outing, a start in which he threw five scoreless innings against the Seattle Mariners.

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Biagini will throw opposite Mike Foltynewicz on Wednesday.

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