TORONTO -- Manager John Farrell was named to the American League All-Star team's coaching staff on Tuesday.

Rangers manager Ron Washington picked Farrell to join his staff for the game that will take place on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Farrell will be joined by Indians manager Manny Acta, who was also selected by Washington for the coaching staff.

"It's an honor to represent the Blue Jays, to represent the American League," Farrell told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. "It's a special couple of days, and we all know that it has an impact in the postseason.

"I don't know what impact I'll have in the game -- probably very little -- but to be included in it is definitely an honor."

For the National League staff, San Francisco's Bruce Bochy picked D-backs manager Kirk Gibson and Washington skipper Jim Riggleman.

Farrell previously served as a pitching coach for the AL All-Star team at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

The 48-year-old rookie manager has led Toronto to a 21-20 record despite having to deal with players missing a combined 194 days to the disabled list this season.

Thames takes his place with big league club

DETROIT -- The excitement on Eric Thames' face couldn't be washed away, even with the wet and cold conditions at Comerica Park.

Thames joined the Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon and prepared to make his Major League debut after receiving news the night before that he was being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 24-year-old will be asked to fill the void left by first baseman Adam Lind, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and provide Toronto with another left-handed hitter in its starting lineup.

"I kind of pride myself on my hitting. I work very hard at it," Thames said. "I listened to a lot of the veterans, and they were able to give me advice, and I was able to apply it.

"The results worked in my favor, at least to this point, but you never know what's going to happen in the end."

Thames climbed Toronto's depth charts following an impressive 2010 season for Double-A New Hampshire. He hit .288 with 27 home runs and 104 RBIs en route to capturing the team's Most Valuable Player Award.

That earned him an invitation to this year's Spring Training camp, where he tied for fifth on the team with 60 at-bats and recorded 24 total bases.

The success continued this season with Las Vegas even though Thames had to make a lot of adjustments at the plate against more veteran pitchers.

"Those guys locate their offspeed pitches a little bit better," said Thames, who was hitting .342 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 36 games. "Double-A is more of a prospect league. A lot of guys throw their heaters.

"But up there, guys will throw you three straight curveballs in a row to see if you can hit it, lay off it. They'll pitch backward, so that was a learning experience."

Thames is expected to split his time with the Blue Jays between left field and designated hitter. He likely will be slotted into the starting lineup on a regular basis unless there is a tough left-handed pitcher on the mound.

"I think it's important when we bring up a younger player that they get regular at-bats and not come up and sit," manager John Farrell said. "He's too young, and [it's] too young in his career, to take that approach."

Lind is eligible to come off the DL on Monday, when the Blue Jays will be in New York to play the Yankees. That could spell an end to Thames' run with the big league club, but if he is able to get off to a decent start, it's possible he could stay for longer.

"[Thames] has an opportunity to impact just how long that is," Farrell said. "We've talked many times about wanting to get back to a seven-man bullpen, we've talked about trying to get some further balance left-handed and right-handed, so he's got an opportunity to affect that clearly."

Snider still has work to do at Triple-A Las Vegas

DETROIT -- Travis Snider will have to continue biding his time with Triple-A Las Vegas after the club opted to promote Eric Thames to replace the injured Adam Lind.

Snider, who is in the Minors working on his mechanics at the plate, was passed over in favor of Thames because, according to manager John Farrell, Snider still has some work to do.

"Travis is starting to make some of the adjustments ... that have been outlined," Farrell said. "He's starting to show those in games. Last night he had a chance to turn around and square up [against] upper-90s velocity, so it's starting to show up in games, but it's not consistent yet and [we] don't want to interrupt that progression."

Snider got off to a hot start with Las Vegas but has seen his numbers drop in recent weeks. He is batting .294 with five doubles and has yet to record a home run.

Snider was expected to be a major component of the Blue Jays' offense this season, but a slow start derailed that plan. He hit .184 with one home run and 12 RBIs in 25 games.

"We still view him in the same light that we did in the offseason," Farrell said. "The fact that he has had some scuffles here in the first part of the year doesn't deter us from that, and we are confident that he will be that player that we view him as.

"It might not be the exact time, and that's where players have to balance out their personal goals and the organizational goals."

Farrell plans to keep Rivera active

DETROIT -- Juan Rivera appears to have lost his starting job following the promotion of Eric Thames, but that doesn't mean he will buried on the bench.

Rivera is expected to be in the lineup against left-handed pitchers and could also receive spot starts in the outfield and at designated hitter.

"He'll get spots, he'll get at-bats," manager John Farrell said. "The fact that Eric is here hasn't caused us to not keep everyone involved. He's going to get on the field, because quite frankly, we've got 12 position players.

"There are going to be times where we have a little bit of a rotation through the outfield. We've got the ability to use the DH spot to get at-bats for other guys."

Rivera could also see some time at first base with Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list. Rivera has been taking practice at the position in recent weeks and has appeared there 14 times in his career.

The 32-year-old Rivera is making $5.25 million in the final season of a three-year contract. He is hitting just .203 with four extra-base hits in 128 at-bats.

Worth noting

Top prospect Brett Lawrie went 3-for-3 with a home run, a triple, three runs scored, two RBIs and a walk in a 9-8 victory for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon. ... When Frank Francisco surrendered a ninth-inning home run to Detroit's Jhonny Peralta on Monday night, it snapped a streak of 15 innings the bullpen had gone without allowing a run. ... Toronto is 16-2 in Game 1 of a series dating back to last season.