Ruiz could make first start Wednesday
Overbay or Snider could get break against lefty Danks
TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston is considering keeping either first baseman Lyle Overbay or left fielder Travis Snider on the bench for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. With lefty John Danks scheduled to start for Chicago, Gaston feels it could be a good time to give Randy Ruiz a chance to get his first start of the season.
Overbay entered Tuesday's game hitting .077 with no hits in his first eight at-bats against left-handed pitching. Snider has also struggled, hitting .120 through his first seven games. Ruiz, who bats from the right side, has only one pinch-hit appearance this season.
"I've given that thought about two days ago, and I still haven't made up my mind about it," Gaston said. "Not so much as sitting [Overbay or Snider] out, but just to get Ruiz in there to get him some playing time. Which one I pick, I'm not sure yet, if I do one at all."
Gaston still has confidence in Overbay, believing the veteran first baseman can pull it together as he gets more at-bats this season.
"He's trying hard," Gaston said of Overbay, who will be a free agent after the season. "This is a big year for him, and hopefully he can pull himself out of that hole."
Reed makes quick return to Jays
TORONTO -- Jeremy Reed enjoyed a strong spring and hoped to earn a spot on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster. After the initial disappointment of being sent to the Minor Leagues, it only took seven games for the outfielder to find his way to Rogers Centre.
After placing All-Star second baseman Aaron Hill on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury on Monday, the Blue Jays promoted Reed from Triple-A Las Vegas. Reed signed a Minor League contract with the Blue Jays in the offseason and hit at a .431 clip during the spring.
He was thrilled to return to the big leagues.
"Of course I'm excited," Reed said before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. "It's one of those things where you go down and try and stay as positive as you can. Sometimes the numbers just don't add up. I felt like I handled it as best I could and I tried to be as respectful as I could. Maybe that's part of the reason they called me back up as fast as they did."
Reed -- a career .255 hitter -- will likely receive limited playing time and at-bats, barring another injury. Mike McCoy and John McDonald will platoon in the infield until Hill returns. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston noted that McCoy is also ahead of Reed in terms of a backup outfield role.
Gaston believes Reed plays a style of baseball that will mesh nicely with the Blue Jays.
"He knows how to play the game," Gaston said. "He plays the game hard and had a lot of clutch hits in Spring Training."
Gaston also acknowledges how tough it was to send Reed down.
"He's a kid that did everything he could to make this club in Spring Training," Gaston said. "He came here thinking he had a shot and it just turned out that he ended up not making this ballclub. As I told him, 'Go down and stay ready, because you never know what may happen.'"
What happened was Reed scrambled to Toronto via a red-eye flight with his wife, arriving at 7:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Reed had just got settled into a new place in Las Vegas a few days ago, but said he hardly minded the trouble.
"When you're in Triple-A, hassle is a good thing," Reed said. "That means you're coming up."
Frasor struggling to get first out
TORONTO -- Monday night's blown save by Blue Jays closer Jason Frasor in an 8-7 loss to the White Sox raised the question if his days as the team's primary stopper are numbered.
It was the second save Frasor was unable to convert in his five opportunities this season, resulting in Toronto's only two losses through seven games. Meanwhile, the Jays' other closing option, Kevin Gregg, has been a perfect two-for-two without giving up a run this season.
Although manager Cito Gaston said he would go with Gregg on Tuesday if a save situation were to arise, he was quick to point out his decision had nothing to do with Frasor's performance in the home opener.
"Tonight, I'll probably go with Kevin -- not because of what happened last night," said Gaston. "I don't really want to use those guys back-to-back unless I have to."
When asked if Gregg was better suited for the closer role, Gaston acknowledged his successes, as well as his struggles.
"Last year, Kevin blew seven in 30 chances," Gaston said. "That's not bad, but that's still seven games you could have won. Usually the top guys don't blow four or five in a whole season."
As for Frasor's recent struggles, Gaston pointed to recent questions about a possible drop in velocity as the cause. Frasor was throwing 93-94 mph last year and has been consistently hitting 91-92 mph on the gun this season.
Despite the fall in velocity, Gaston said he's not so much concerned about Frasor's fastball as he is about his ability to dispose of the leadoff hitter. In each of Frasor's five appearances, he has allowed the first hitter to reach base.
"He's been throwing 91-92 [mph], and once in a while 93," Gaston said. "If it's down to 88-89, I would be [concerned]. He's just got to go out there and get that first guy. You get that first guy, it kind of knocks the rest of the team down a little bit and keeps them from coming up there with some confidence.
"If he can get the first guy, he'll be better off, too, because it will build his own confidence."
McCoy, Gonzalez stay put in lineup
TORONTO -- For the first time this season, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston left shortstop Alex Gonzalez in the second spot of the lineup when Mike McCoy was also in the batting order.
On Tuesday, McCoy -- the leadoff man in his previous two starts for the Jays -- was placed into the ninth spot of the lineup against the White Sox. Gaston decided to leave right fielder Jose Bautista in the leadoff spot, keeping Gonzalez in the No. 2 hole, where he has thrived in recent games.
"I've been moving him [Gonzalez] up and down in the order and he hasn't said a word," Gaston said. "He's just gone and done his thing. I think, right now, with the way he's swinging, just leave him in that two-spot and give him a few more at-bats a game."
The decision comes as an easy one for Gaston, as Gonzalez has been able to adapt and find success anywhere in the batting order. Batting second provides him with more at-bats and RBI opportunities. Entering Tuesday, Gonzalez was hitting .333, with four home runs.
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.