Blue Jays Watch

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

WAIT FOR WALLACE

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says the tendency will be to err on the side of patience with respect to the anticipated handing off of the baton at first base from Lyle Overbay to Brett Wallace. With Overbay struggling at .172 with just two home runs and Wallace tearing it up at triple-A Las Vegas, it's not hard to envision the Jays taking that obvious next step sooner rather than later. Not so, says the GM.

"We think Lyle is still a good player," Anthopoulos said. "We think it's still early. His track record has been such that he's been a productive player. He's capable of more. I don't see Lyle continuing to struggle as he has. I think he's going to come out of it. He's too good a hitter."

Wallace went into last night's game hitting .295 and leading the Pacific Coast League in homers with 10.

"We're thrilled with the way he's playing," Anthopoulos said. "We want him to continue to get acclimated at first base, continue to work on his defensive game. That's a big component. We'd like to get all of his development done. The more playing time he gets the more experience the better he'll be prepared he'll be when he does get up here."

PEN PALS

Anthopoulos acknowledges that the Blue Jay bullpen has struggled at times but he still expects his largely veteran staff to respond as the season goes along.

"There's always going to be volatility in the bullpen," he said. "That's to be expected. The numbers will bear out by the end of the year. For the most part, we still believe the pen will be a strong suit by the time the year plays out."

MINOR MATTERS

Tuesday in Tacoma, lefthander Brad Mills tossed six innings of shutout ball for Las Vegas in a 6-2 win over the Rainiers to lift his record to 3-2, with an ERA of 2.63 ... At Double A New Hampshire, outfielder Darin Mastroianni was named Eastern League player of the week. He hit .483 (14-for-29) with three triples, a homer, eight RBI and a .793 slugging percentage. Adam Loewen continues to make progress in his conversion from major-league pitcher to minor-league outfielder. Loewen is hitting .264 with four homers and 14 RBI with an .829 OPS and has hit .333 in nine games this month.

ON DECK

Wednesday: Blue Jays (RHP Shaun Marcum 1-1, 3.19) at Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 0-1, 6.03), 1:35 p.m., Sportsnet, Fan 590.

Thursday: The Blue Jays have the day off.


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