Jays make Wise investment
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Toronto Blue Jays DeWayne Wise reacts to his strike out in the seventh inning of action between the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, August 8, 2010. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)
General manager Alex Anthopoulos disclosed Friday that the Jays will place centre fielder Colby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. To take Rasmus’ spot on the roster, the Jays claimed veteran outfielder DeWayne Wise off waivers from the Florida Marlins. Wise is expected to be with the Jays on Saturday.
Rasmus hasn’t played since he left Tuesday’s game against Kansas City after he jammed his right wrist.
“With a wrist it’s slow to improve,” Anthopoulos said of Rasmus. “It will probably be a two-week thing one way or the other, so it makes sense.”
For Wise, 33, it will mark his third stint with the Jays. Last season with the Jays he hit .250 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 52 games. He originally broke in with the Jays in 2000.
Anthopoulos said they went out and got Wise to add some veteran experience to the clubhouse.
Why Wise and not one of the kids in the minors?
“We have a young clubhouse right now and if Wise wasn’t the human being he was and the character and the way he is with young players and everything else we wouldn’t have done this move,” Anthopoulos said.
“He’s been in the organization before, he knows his role, he knows a lot of these young players and he’s a total pro. It’s not a bad thing with all the young players that are coming up here to have someone that’s been around, to show them the ropes a little bit. He’s just a good fit for this role.”
BACK ON THE HILL
Bench coach Don Wakamatsu, who filled in for John Farrell Friday, said that right-handed reliever Jon Rauch threw in the bullpen Friday. He’ll throw again on Sunday. Rauch was placed on the disabled list Aug. 16 after having his appendix removed.
Anthopoulos still believes that OF Travis Snider, who is gone for the season with a wrist injury suffered while playing at triple-A Las Vegas, has the talent to be a productive player at the major-league level. He also believes that the Jays may have made a mistake and rushed him to the big leagues as a 20-year-old.
“In hindsight, there’s no question, maybe a slower path would have been best for him,” Anthopoulos said. “Maybe keeping him at a level for an extended period of time would have been the best thing for him.”