04/28/11 2:59 PM ET
Snider sent to Minors to work on swing
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
They optioned the 23-year-old outfielder to Triple-A Las Vegas after Thursday's game against the Rangers, and the Blue Jays also outrighted infielder Chris Woodward to Triple-A.
The Blue Jays expect to make two roster moves Friday before their game against New York. Toronto plans to activate outfielder Rajai Davis from the 15-day disabled list and recall first baseman David Cooper, who has been on a tear for Las Vegas, batting .395 in 20 games. Davis has been out with a sore right ankle and wrist.
The big news was Snider, who is batting .184 with one home run and 12 RBIs. Manager John Farrell said the Blue Jays need Snider to make some fundamental adjustments with his swing, and the best place to get back on track is in Las Vegas.
"We feel maybe it's best to get him back to Las Vegas and get him back to the player we still believe he will be," Farrell said, "and that's a middle-of-the-order type left-handed bat with power. This isn't an easy move because of the person he is and how hard he works and the talent that he has and the teammate that he is to these guys."
Snider handled it well after the game, saying he understands what his numbers say.
"You have to produce at this level," Snider said. "My bat has been getting going lately, but you have to produce consistently."
Bautista sees more strikes as Lind heats up
ARLINGTON -- Much has been made in the last several days of Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista seeing fewer and fewer strikes as he has gotten off to a hot April.
Bautista did say Thursday morning that the Rangers pitched him a little differently after Adam Lind's two-homer game in Tuesday's 10-3 victory. That validates that Lind's ability to protect Bautista will be critical for the Blue Jays all season.
"It's too early to tell, but I did see some more strikes yesterday," Bautista said. "I didn't swing the bat the way I wanted to. I just need to remain patient in my at-bats and stay with my approach and see the ball."
Bautista was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Wednesday's 7-6 loss, so he still made an impact. And his April numbers continue to climb -- he has homered in five of his last eight games and is batting .458 with seven RBIs during that span.
Bautista led the American League in batting average (.356) and home runs (eight) going into Thursday. He batted .213 with four homers and 17 RBIs last April before emerging to lead the AL with 54 homers.
Preparation, manager John Farrell said, has allowed Bautista to pick up where left off last season.
"He continually matures as a hitter," Farrell said. "He understands what his strengths and weaknesses are. As he's come to know that and know what his abilities are, it gives him the ability to then take the next step of really studying his opponent and what opposing pitchers are trying to do to him.
"That's why we've seen him take such good swings on a variety of types of pitches that are thrown against him in different counts."
Blue Jays sticking with Reyes for Tuesday start
ARLINGTON -- The plan is for Jo-Jo Reyes to make his next start Tuesday at Tampa Bay, despite a rough beginning that has seen him pitch the three shortest outings by a Blue Jays starter. Reyes lasted only 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers, allowing six unearned runs.
Reyes has allowed 33 hits in 23 innings. He has averaged just 4.6 innings per start. But no change is coming yet, manager John Farrell said, with Brett Cecil also struggling in his first start at Triple-A since being demoted last week.
"Jo-Jo's very well aware of the situation we're in," Farrell said. "We're certainly aware of it.
"Jo-Jo has also shown us when he has executed pitching in the bottom of the zone, he has been an effective pitcher for us. Last night was an elusive out, an elusive pitch that allowed that six-run inning to take place. We're providing opportunity, yet we're certainly all aware of the situation that's been unfolding here for the first month."
The Blue Jays could have skipped Reyes' next start with a day off Monday before a three-game series at Tampa Bay, but that would have impacted the rest of the rotation.
"We could have done a couple of things as far as addressing the next time the rotation takes that turn," Farrell said. "We haven't had internal discussion to go in another direction at this point. I'm not going to say that's pending, but we're open to looking at the best situation that makes us competitive night in and night out.
"We have to balance that with making sure, it is April, we want to be sure we keep giving an extra day of rest to the other guys in the rotation. So it's not an ideal situation, but we'll look to take the best approach as we go further."
Blue Jays give Escobar routine day off
ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Yunel Escobar, who still hasn't made an error this season in 21 games, was out of the lineup Thursday for a scheduled day off.
Escobar missed a few games with a mild concussion, so this is basically the first time he has received a scheduled day off. Manager John Farrell said a day game after a night game was a good time to rest his shortstop.
"Other than the 2 1/2 games he missed with the mild concussion, he's played in every other game," Farrell said. "It was a day to get him off his feet. Obviously, he's prepared to go every single game."
Farrell said Escobar will start all three games of the Blue Jays' weekend series with the Yankees.
Outfielder Rajai Davis (sore wrist) will play Thursday for Double-A New Hampshire, and manager John Farrell said he's on his way to returning any day, possibly Friday night in New York. ... Reliever Carlos Villanueva is on a roll and got singled out again Thursday morning by manager John Farrell for his solid work. Opponents are batting .093 against him, and the right-hander has held righties to one hit in 23 at-bats against him. He has gone two or more innings in four games this season. ... On this day in 1999, the Blue Jays rallied from a franchise-high 10-run deficit, only to lose to the Angels, 12-10, at Angel Stadium.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.