TORONTO -- Outfielder Travis Snider often found himself being held out of the lineup last season when the opposing team had a left-hander on the mound.
The native of Kirkland, Wash., was in a similar situation again on Saturday afternoon when he was on the bench with Minnesota's Francisco Liriano getting the start.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that, while Liriano's presence did play a factor, it's not going to be the case all season.
"It's not going to be every left-hander, because we think Travis has the ability to hit any pitcher in this league," Farrell said.
Farrell also added there were a number of factors at play when deciding to rest Snider, who is hitting .246 against lefties in 114 career at-bats. The 23-year-old had some nagging soreness in his lower back, and sitting him was a way to give playing time to bench player Jayson Nix, who entered the game 3-for-8 against Liriano.
Farrell is a proponent of going with the numbers and will look to exploit matchups throughout the course of the season. It's a strategy that will also enable him to find playing time for Toronto's reserve players.
"There are going to be certain matchups that I think are more advantageous to us that we'll pick those spots," Farrell said. "But I think it's important to have some consistency in the lineup, and yet you have to balance out to make sure guys are involved and stay fresh.
"So, one, they feel like they're contributing and two, when you call upon them, they have more of a chance to be productive."
Davis scratched for second consecutive game
TORONTO -- Rajai Davis was a late scratch from the Blue Jays' lineup on Sunday afternoon because of a sore right ankle.
It was the second consecutive game Davis was forced to sit out. Blue Jays manager John Farrell had been hopeful Davis would play in the series finale against Minnesota, but the ankle did not improve as anticipated.
"Coming into today, we felt like there was a pretty good chance [Davis] would be able to go," Farrell said. "Even though there was more improvement [Sunday] morning, when he got into some functional drills and some running, [with] more change in direction, he still felt like there was some uncertainty."
Davis sustained the injury after nearly being picked off first base on Opening Night against the Twins. He was caught in a rundown and while changing directions on the basepaths, he turned his ankle.
The 30-year-old remained in the game and later stole third base, but when he took batting practice the following day, he had difficulty driving the ball off his back foot. Davis described the injury as "nothing major" and is tentatively scheduled to play on Tuesday against the Athletics.
"I don't know if he would have turned his ankle if it was dirt that he was changing directions on, where there might have been a little more give," Farrell said when asked if the Astroturf at Rogers Centre played a factor. "Regardless of the surface, I think it's another day too early to get him back in there."
Davis went 1-for-5 with a run scored in his only game this season. He has a .281 batting average with 144 stolen bases over his six-year career.
Morrow's rehab proceeding on schedule
TORONTO -- Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow threw two simulated innings in the bullpen prior to the club's series finale against the Twins.
Morrow was forced to miss the start of the season after experiencing inflammation in the flexor muscle of his right elbow. The next step of his rehab will come in a Minor League game.
"Everything continues to go fine," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "Right now, [Morrow] would look to travel on Tuesday and start Thursday for Dunedin."
Toronto reliever Frank Francisco is also set to enter the next phase of his rehab this week. The 31-year-old made just two Spring Training appearances because of soreness in his right biceps muscle and right pectoral muscle.
Francisco threw bullpen sessions on Thursday and Saturday. He is scheduled for one more appearance on Monday before being sent on a rehab assignment.
"We'll get hitters to track against him, not necessarily swing the bat against him," Farrell said. "Provided everything goes as it has been going, he would be in that game on [Thursday] as well in Dunedin."
Francisco was expected to open the season as the club's closer. The Dominican native will once again assume that role when he returns, but in the meantime, right-hander Jon Rauch has taken over the ninth-inning duties.
Right-hander Octavio Dotel is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game on Sunday. He is expected to return to the Blue Jays' bullpen during the club's upcoming road trip. He is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury. ... Corey Patterson (head contusion) is taking part in baseball-related activities, but has yet to appear in a Minor League game. Patterson was placed on the 15-day disabled list shortly after being hit in the head by a Daniel Bard fastball during Spring Training.