TORONTO -- Sunday will mark just the fourth time Yan Gomes has played a Major League game, but he's already caught the attention of Blue Jays manager John Farrell.
Gomes recorded a hit in his first career game and then homered the following day. It may be enough to keep the 24-year-old at the big league level, even when third basemen Brett Lawrie returns from his suspension Monday.
"He hasn't backed away from any challenges," Farrell said. "He doesn't have a whole lot of third base in his past, and even when we played him at third base at Spring Training he was adequate, more than adequate there in the early read of it, that's why there really was no hesitation to bring him up with Brett's situation.
"I think, ultimately, upon Brett's return, we'll have internal discussions for a player of his stage in his career, if we can find him enough at-bats, there's a potential, with his versatility to remain in the mix."
Gomes, the first Brazilian-born Major League player, has continued to show the Blue Jays what he did in Spring Training. The fact he can also play first base and add depth to the position is something Farrell said will work in his favor when the team decides whether to keep him up or send him back down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
"A quiet confidence, a guy who's got strength in his game, whether that's arm strength, strength in the bat," Farrell said, adding that he has a "cannon of an arm."
The main thing is getting Gomes at-bats. Farrell wants to make sure that if he stays up that he is getting consistent playing time because of his age and the fact he's still developing.
Rasmus inserted into Blue Jays' lineup for finale
TORONTO -- Colby Rasmus is back in Toronto's starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Mets after Rajai Davis started in his place the last two games.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell insists that Rasmus' playing time will not dwindle, and it was simply a mixture of giving him a breather and to work on some things, and to get Davis, who has had a strong month, into the lineup.
"I just felt like a couple of days down would do him some good, just to get some extra work in the cage, work through some things," Farrell said. "Just getting a little bit more consistent timing to his swing. Give him a couple a days break and get him back in there.
"Colby is an important part of this club. Some players need a little bit of a break at times, and I felt like the last two days were that for Colby."
Rasmus has struggled this season, hitting .203/.277/.338/.615 over 133 at-bats, with three home runs and 14 RBIs.
Wrist issues lingering for Blue Jays' Snider
TORONTO -- Travis Snider, who spent time on the disabled list in late April and early May with a right wrist ailment, is still experiencing pain.
Snider took himself out of the Las Vegas 51s game on Thursday after feeling some discomfort in his right wrist and has not played since, missing each of the past two games.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said it's not considered an aggravation of the previous injury, which initially occurred when he jammed it diving for a ball, but the club will take a cautious approach with Snider, nonetheless.
"He felt some of the soreness still in the wrist and felt like two days or three days down just to give him a chance to recoup was needed," Farrell said. "He needs to be re-evaluated today [Sunday] to begin swinging of a tee and taking batting practice again. There's some lingering discomfort."
Farrell said that Snider, who started off the season on a tear at the plate, can especially feel it when he's hitting.
The 24-year-old, who lost out on Toronto's starting job in left field to Eric Thames out of Spring Training, was batting .400 with four homers, 23 RBIs and a 1.170 OPS over 19 games before the initial injury occurred, which forced him to land on the seven-day disabled list.
Since coming back, he's struggled, and some of the reasons for that have become clear.
Snider was stuck in an 0-for-14 rut since returning to the 51s' lineup before going deep on May 15. The following day is when he pulled himself from the game after going 1-for-3.
The former first-round Draft pick is hitting .333 with five homers, 27 RBIs and a 1.015 OPS through 26 games.
Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.