Jays Watch: Third bag blues

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

Third base has been a sink hole for the Blue Jays this season. Coming into Saturday’s game, the players who have manned the post since May 16 — a stretch of 13 games — have gone a combined 0-for-44. Jayson Nix has been 0-for-22, John McDonald, 0-for-15, Edward Encarnacion, 0-for-4, and Mike McCoy, 0-for-3.

“We’re in a little bit of a tough stretch at the position,” manager John Farrell conceded.

Nix hasn’t had a hit since coming off the disabled list May 15 following a shin contusion.

“At times I think there was an initial tendency as there would be with any player when you come back after being inactive to try and jump right back in and contribute and overdo things a little bit but he’s back in there today,” Farrell said of Nix before the game.

Not left out

Eric Thames, who has started as the DH in seven games since being called up from triple-A Las Vegas on May 17, made his first start in the outfield Saturday as the left fielder. As the DH and in one pinch-hitting role, Thames had gone 7-for-24 (.292) with four RBIs. He switched spots with Corey Patterson who was the DH. Thames, who had played both corner outfield spots at Vegas was pleased to be back in the outfield.

“It will be nice to go out there and focus on defence and offence and not just offence,” he said. “It will be a good change, back to the norm of what I’m used to.”

Adjusting to a DH role is often a difficult task, especially for young players.

“It has been tough but it’s in the lineup so there are no complaints from me,” he said. “It’s a different kind of animal, playing defence you compete on all cylinders. As a DH you just hit and then you go in here (clubhouse) get loose, stretch, look at video, go out and hit then come back in here again, get loose. It’s tough, not a lot of guys can do it but I’m grinding through it.”

On Saturday, he went 0-for-5.

Travel rewards club

Following Friday night’s game, the Jays placed McDonald on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right hamstring. To take his place the Jays recalled Mike McCoy from Las Vegas. This marks the fifth different stint McCoy has been with the Jays this season.


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