TORONTO - Despite his strong start — 12 2/3 scoreless innings — manager John Farrell said lefty Luis Perez is not an option when the Jays need a sixth starter. Perez started 12 games last season, four with the Jays. And 115 of his 122 appearances in the minors were as a starter.
“He’s become too valuable where he is,” Farrell told reporters. “He’s shown an increase in velocity, which happens a lot when starters are converted to relievers.”
Perez has walked four and struck out 14 while holding opposing hitters to a .122 average. A year ago when help was needed, the Jays looked to their own bullpen and long man Carlos Villanueva.
“The difference is Villanueva had the opportunity to be stretched out, he came in early last year and had some three and four inning outings,” Farrell said.
Options for a sixth starter would be Jesse Chavez and Joel Carreno at triple-A Las Vegas and Chad Jenkins at double-A New Hampshire
SNIDER LIGHTING UP VEGAS
Travis Snider had an MRI on his right wrist on Friday morning after diving for a ball in the third inning at triple-A game Las Vegas Thursday.
Thanks to an 18-game consecutive-game hitting streak, Snider owns a .400 average. He also leads with 23 RBIs.
“He hasn’t been so pull-oriented, his instincts on the base paths have been consistent with what we’ve seen and his defence has been solid,” said Farrell. “Offensively, he’s been using the whole field.”
Snider has hit four homers.
“He’s going to have a very good major-league career,” Farrell said.
WEST COAST CLOSER
Farrell said injured closer Sergio Santos (right shoulder) was at home rehabbing in California. He’ll re-join join the team May 3 in Los Angeles.