TORONTO - It’s been a long time coming but injured closer Sergio Santos made it back to the mound Friday down in Dunedin. The right-hander, who was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on April 21, threw 25 pitches in the indoor batting cages, Jays manager John Farrell said Saturday.
“He’ll be set to throw another one on Monday,” Farrell said. “It was a controlled bullpen (throwing about 75% effort). I can’t say he’s ready to close out the ninth on Monday.”
At this point, there is no long-range time line for when he could return to action.
“No, and we’ve avoided that because the calendar may say one thing but his body’s going to be another thing,” Farrell said. “You’re looking at three to four bullpens before he sees hitters (which would bring him to the following week).”
Outfielder Travis Snider, meanwhile, who is on the disabled list at Las Vegas with a wrist injury, is returning to game action.
“Since we last spoke he went through tee (hitting a ball off a tee) and soft toss and a couple of rounds of (batting practice). The hope is he gets three at-bats at DH at an extended (spring training) game today,” Farrell said.
On Saturday, the Jays claimed RHP Chris Schwinden off waivers from the New York Mets. In three appearances with the Mets this season, including two starts, Schwinden was 0-1 with a 12.46 ERA. He will report to triple-A Las Vegas. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Jays designated RHP Danny Farquhar for assignment.
Jays starter Henderson Alvarez was moving around the clubhouse with no sign of a limp following Friday’s game in which he got drilled in his left shin on a comebacker off the bat of Mike Aviles in the fifth inning. “He came in and it checked out fine,” Farrell said.
SWITCH ’EM UP
Back in Las Vegas, the 51s switched up their outfield assignments in Friday’s game as CF Anthony Gose was in left, LF Eric Thames was in right and RF Moises Sierra played centre. The results were golden as Gose went 4-for-5 with four runs scored. Sierra, meanwhile, drilled three home runs and drove in five runs. Adam Lind was 3-for-3 with a walk. In 13 games at triple-A, Lind is hitting .440 (22-for-50) with three doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs. He has walked 10 times and struck out on 12 occasions.