ATLANTA - The Blue Jays will go hitless and won’t score a run on Thursday.
It’s an off day.
And an off day means ...
“(General manager) Alex Anthopoulos and I will do our usual post-series evaluation to decide what options we have, what to do next,” manager John Farrell told reporters after the Jays were swept by the Atlanta Braves, managing two runs in 27 innings.
“We’ll search for the right combinations, whether it’s taking a different look with guys at certain positions,” he said. “That doesn’t mean there’s going to be wholesale changes, but certainly we’ve got areas in our lineup that we’ve got to seek to find more offence.
“We need a spark, that’s clear. How do we do that? We’ll examine in this room first.”
Farrell meant the Jays clubhouse but could the search turn to triple-A Las Vegas, where Chris Woodward is hitting .282?
Significant lineup changes on Friday in St. Louis? “That hasn’t been decided completely yet.”
Farrell might not be having these headaches if third baseman Brett Lawrie had not been plunked on his left hand, suffering a non-displaced fracture at triple-A Las Vegas days before he was supposed to be recalled. Lawrie is in Dunedin working out, but is not swinging a bat as yet.
Ditto for left fielder Travis Snider, had Snider developed the way the Jays had hoped. Snider is injured now as well after being hit on the brim of his helmet and suffering a concussion. He underwent an MRI Wednesday in Las Vegas.
“You have to keep telling yourself what you’re going to do, each and every at-bat,” Jays outfielder Corey Patterson said. “You have to keep the same approach, Don’t change. You have to go to the plate with a plan. Don’t worry about the results.”
Jose Bautista, who hit a solo homer for the Jays’ only offensive spark on Wednesday, said: “We’ve had one of the better offensive teams in the majors before this stretch, we have to get it going again.”
An obvious trouble spot for the Jays is third base. Jayson Nix and Edwin Encarnacion combined to go hitless in four at-bats Wednesday.
Add Mike McCoy and John McDonald to the mish-mash mix of Nix and Encarnacion and the not-so-fearsome foursome are hitting a combined .056 (1-for-18) with three walks and one RBI on this trip which began in Cincinnati, left Atlanta and is headed for St. Louis and Detroit.
On the season, Jays third basemen are hitting .176, with five homers and 26 RBIs.
Almost makes one yearn for Frank Menechino, Mickey Klutts or Luis Gomez.
Well, maybe not.
The early season theme on Lawrie was that the Jays were keeping him in the minors to avoid him qualifying for Super Two status in salary arbitration when it comes to service time.
Now, it will be one swing in the cage at the Bobby Mattick facility and Jays minor league director Doug Davis will pressed not to say:
“You look good, kiddo, get on the next plane.”