With the pitcher batting in National League cities, Rajai Davis was the easy choice to grab some pine this weekend.
In his last 11 games, Davis has batted .075 (3/40) with an on-base percentage of .098 and an OPS of .198. Corey Patterson moved over from left field to centre and Juan Rivera started in left.
“Right now I think Rajai needs a breather,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s been struggling. And when Juan has been on the field in a defensive position, he’s been swinging the bat well, so that’s what the alignment is.”
Davis’s speed still can be used as a weapon off the bench.
“It gives us some flexibility to pinch run and do some things late with him and Mike McCoy,” said Farrell. “All of a sudden we’ve got five guys on the bench.”
Lawrie on the mend
Brett Lawrie’s recovery from a fractured bone in his wrist is proceeding without incident.
“He’s throwing, taking groundballs but he’s not swinging the bat yet,” said Farrell. “He’s not feeling any discomfort in the hand.”
Within the next 10 days, the wrist will be re-examined and soon after that, Lawrie is likely to resume hitting, with a return to action in July.
Casey's MRI delayed
Farrell is hoping Casey Janssen will be ready to return to the Jays bullpen soon after he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on July 1. He’s suffering from forearm tightness.
“He took off from Toronto (for Florida) but the plane had to return because of mechanical issues so he missed his MRI,” said Farrell. “He has to go through an exam. At that point, Dr. Mirabello will prescribe, if need be, a shutdown period. We hope he’ll be ready to go at the end of the 15 days.”
More work for Molina
In response to J.P. Arencibia’s sore left thumb that has affected his offensive output, and the potential for hot weather throughout this trip, Jose Molina will catch at least one game in every series.
“The thumb has been a bit of an issue with J.P. swinging the bat. We’re hoping to catch him two of every three-game series.”
As much as possible, Farrell will match Molina with Brandon Morrow and Zach Stewart.