Snider placed on DL with right wrist sprain
Blue Jays outfielder eligible to return to action on May 30
TORONTO -- Travis Snider was looking forward to heading to Seattle after Tuesday's game against the Twins. The Blue Jays outfielder was finally going to be able to have family and friends see him step into the batter's box in his home state of Washington.
Instead of heading home, an unfortunate injury to his right wrist has altered Snider's itinerary. Prior to Monday's game at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays placed Snider on the 15-day disabled list, and he will fly to the team's Minor League complex on Tuesday to undergo an MRI exam and begin his rehab.
As frustrating as the setback is for Snider, it was the missed opportunity to play in front of his hometown fans that provided an extra sting.
"That's probably the most disappointing thing for me," Snider said Monday afternoon. "It's frustrating, knowing that I've missed that trip the last two years. I had to send out some pretty rough text messages here in the last hour and was making phone calls and whatnot."
Snider missed Toronto's series in Seattle last season due to a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. This time around, he was enjoying a strong stretch at the plate and looking forward to carrying that into the upcoming road trip. Snider said he expected more than 100 family and friends to be in the stands at Safeco Field for the two-game set that begins Wednesday.
Snider injured the wrist while fouling off a pitch from Rangers right-hander Rich Harden during an 11-pitch at-bat in the third inning of the Jays' 16-10 win on Friday. Snider belted a home run a few pitches later, but he was pulled from the game in the eighth inning before missing the past two games with the injury.
On Sunday, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston expressed optimism about Snider's chances of returning to the lineup for the opener of the two-game home series against the Twins. That was until Snider still felt pain in his wrist after testing things out with one swing at a baseball off a tee.
"When you guys asked me about it yesterday, I thought he had a chance to play today," Gaston said on Monday. "So I'm very disappointed and I know he is, too, especially when a guy's starting to swing the bat like he has. Also, he was going to have a chance to go home tomorrow, too. That's even more sad for him.
"We're going to miss him. He was just getting going and that happened to him. What can you do?"
Over his past 14 games, Snider hit at a .385 clip with four home runs, eight doubles and 11 RBIs. Asked if he felt the trip to the disabled list might have been premature, Snider shook his head and said he understood the Blue Jays' decision.
"It needs to be done," Snider said. "Talking with the trainers and Cito, there's a pretty open line of communication from both sides. I understand sitting here for a couple more days -- not knowing if it's going to get any better -- is putting us as a ballclub in a tough position playing with a limited number of players."
X-rays on Snider's right wrist came back negative for any structural damage, but an MRI on Tuesday will help determine the extent of the injury. Snider's DL stint is retroactive to Saturday, meaning he will be eligible to return as early as May 30. Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion will be activated from the 15-day DL on Tuesday after recovering from a sore right shoulder.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.