August 28, 2012
Blue Jays to see more of Moises Sierra
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - With Jose Bautista now gone for the season and awaiting surgery, Moises Sierra will get an extended look as the everyday right fielder, at least until the roster expands next week.
"Right now the starting point will be with Sierra," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Once we get into September and once Las Vegas's season is over, at that point Anthony Gose will return to us. So he'll get further reps when he comes back up here, but for the time being it will be Moises."
During the Blue Jays' dramatic comeback win Monday at Yankee Stadium, Farrell stayed with his young players and he said Tuesday to expect that both Sierra and Adeiny Hechavarria will get a lot of playing time.
"I think these are opportunities for Adeiny and for Moises to be in this environment against this team - yeah, these are pressure situations or heightened situations where you get to see how they respond, either late in the game with the game on the line at the plate or in the field defensively. And both guys handled themselves well (Monday) night."
The unsung hero of the Blue Jays' win Monday was ageless lefthander Darren Oliver, who worked two scoreless innings to get the win.
At 41 and in his 18th full season in the big leagues, Oliver has an ERA of 1.75 and a WHIP under 1.00. He has struck out 45 in 46 innings with a fastball that no longer approaches 90 m.p.h.
"My gosh, the guy has been a model of consistency," marvelled Farrell. "He's been outstanding. He makes big pitch after big pitch. He knows who to face and who not to face. He manages the lineup very well."
It was only the second time this year that Oliver has been asked to pitch two full innings and Farrell is hoping to give him two full days of rest.
"I just talked to him and he didn't rule out (Wednesday) but I think it's probably prudent on our part to give him a couple of days down."
Both Henderson Alvarez and Aaron Laffey were forced out of Monday's game after being hit on their left legs with batted balls but neither is going to miss any time.
"They checked out fine," Farrell said. "Both of them had X-rays that showed no damage."