Snider's wrist okay, but streak's toast
By Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency
|Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider throws during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida on March 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)
The good news for Travis Snider is that an MRI on his wrist has come back negative — no serious damage.
The unfortunate news is that he’s still going to miss about a week. Snider jammed his wrist diving for a ball in the third inning of a triple-A game Thursday night.
The injury comes at a time when Snider was making a concerted bid to get back to the majors. He was off to a torrid start with the Las Vegas 51s after losing the outfield job in Toronto to Eric Thames.
Snider, 24, was on an 18-game hit streak, going 0 for 1 in Thursday’s game before injuring his wrist and leaving the game immediately.
Snider ranked in the Pacific Coast League’s top five in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage, OPS, doubles and total bases, while leading the league with 23 RBIs.
Despite Snider’s strong start, manager John Farrell reiterated that he’s happy with the Jays’ outfield as it is currently constituted. “(Snider’s) a talented guy, we like him a lot,” Farrell said. “He’s going to have a very good Major League career.”
Snider has appeared in 232 games since making his Major League debut in 2008, but has never played more than 82 games in a season.
NUTS TO YOU
Baseball is peanuts, crackerjacks and a beer. Unless someone has a nut allergy. Then it adds up to trouble; potentially even a trip to hospital.
So the Jays are going to hold the nuts.
There will be a “peanut-controlled” zone for three games at Rogers Centre: May 28 against the Orioles, July 24 against the Athletics and Aug. 10 against the Yankees. On those dates, peanuts and other nuts will not be allowed in a section of the 200 level outfield seats in right field.
SPEAKING OF PEANUTS
Adam Lind pulled a single through the gap into right field, leading off the second Saturday. No big deal — except that he came into the game on a four for 27 streak (.148). That makes any hit, a big hit.
Not sure whether the Seattle Marriners have been good and lucky — or plain lucky lately. Sunday’s starter Jason Vargas allowed six hits, a walk and four runs in his last start and still got a win. As well, since being victims of a perfect game by Chicago’s Phil Humber, Seattle came into Saturday’s game on a five-game win streak in which they’ve batted .293 with 34 runs, seven homers and 32 RBIs.