Blue Jays set to install dirt infield


The Blue Jays are installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre for the first time but say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season.

Toronto announced Wednesday that work will begin next week to excavate about 1,115 square meters of concrete. The infield and baselines will be dug out to a depth of 30 cm and filled with layers of gravel, sand and clay.

Toronto and Tampa Bay are the only major league teams with artificial surfaces at their home ballparks. At Tropicana Field, the infield and baselines are dirt.