Jays send Gomes back to Las Vegas
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
|The Blue Jays have optioned Yan Gomes to Las Vegas with a corresponding move at the major league level expected before the Jays play in Detroit on Tuesday. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)
TORONTO - After Sunday’s game, the Blue Jays optioned catcher/utility player Yan Gomes to Las Vegas with a corresponding move at the major league level expected before the Jays play in Detroit on Tuesday.
It is expected that the move will be to add catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was released by the Texas Rangers a few weeks ago, to the big league roster. Torrealba has been playing himself into shape in New Hampshire. On Sunday, he started at catcher but was removed after two at-bats.
Help On The Way
Brett Lawrie, recovering from an oblique muscle strain on a rehab assignment, was in the lineup for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays on Saturday but was removed after an inning because of wet weather. “It was just precautionary,” manager John Farrell said.
Sunday, Lawrie played third base and batted third for the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays and could rejoin the team as early as Tuesday.
“We don’t have an exact number of at-bats that frees him from health purgatory,” Farrell said.
Jose Bautista will play for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays and the Dunedin Blue Jays this week, in anticipation of being back with the major-league club by Friday.
Adam Lind’s condition has improved to the point where he and his ailing back will be getting into game action by Tuesday.
“It will take him three or four games to get himself back to game speed,” Farrell said.
David Cooper was a late scratch from Sunday’s lineup with lower back tightness. He was originally pencilled in to play first base and bat fourth. In his absence, Edwin Encarnacion started at first and Jeff Mathis served as DH with Gomes getting the start behind the plate.
Glimpse Of The Future?
Adeiny Hechavarria got his first start at second base in place of Kelly Johnson, who is once again feeling some discomfort in his hamstrings. It is the first opportunity for Farrell to see Hechavarria and shortstop Yunel Escobar work together as a double-play combination.
“Whether or not that’s a glimpse into the future, that’s the potential,” Farrell said. The move gives Johnson back-to-back off-days to rest his legs.
With Sunday’s loss, the Jays have now lost seven of their last 10 home games and have now lost three consecutive series at home for the first time since early August of 2009.