06/05/10 1:30 PM ET
Jays sign Wise to Minor League deal
By James Hall / MLB.com
Wise, who played with the White Sox in 2009 and is most recognized for saving Mark Buehrle's perfect game with a spectacular ninth-inning catch, will begin his term with the Blue Jays organization in Dunedin, Fla., taking part in extended Spring Training.
The 32-year-old journeyman spent three years with the Blue Jays between 2000 and 2002, amassing 134 at-bats over that span. Wise has played with three clubs since: the Braves, Reds and White Sox.
Wise, a career .216 hitter, is primarily known for his outstanding defense.
Gaston gets bang for Buck
TORONTO -- For the most part, Major League catchers will sit out day games if they played the night before. However, due to several converging factors, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston decided to start catcher John Buck in Saturday's contest vs. the Yankees, despite his having played all nine innings in Friday's 6-1 victory.
According to Gaston, after an off-day Thursday, Buck approached him and said he felt rested enough to catch both Friday and Saturday. Gaston said he not only appreciated Buck's initiative, but it also provided him with the opportunity to use Jose Molina in Sunday's contest, with youngster Brandon Morrow on the mound.
"I don't want to make a big thing out of this," Gaston said. "[but] I was happy [Buck] came to me and said that, because it gives me a chance to let Molina catch Morrow again, who did a great job with him last time."
Statistically, Morrow -- 4-4 with a 6.00 ERA -- has had significantly better splits with Molina catching. The right-handed flamethrower has an outstanding 2.49 ERA over 25 1/3 innings with Molina behind the dish, relative to the lackluster 8.81 ERA over 31 2/3 with Buck.
Gaston said that, while he has certainly noticed the difference, he doesn't want any of his pitchers, especially developing pitchers like Morrow, to get too comfortable with one catcher. Gaston illustrated his point using an analogy involving a GPS system -- if you become too dependent on it, you might get lost if you're ever without it.
First things first for Reed
TORONTO -- For many big leaguers, being forced into a reserve role is not an easy pill to swallow. For the Blue Jays' Jeremy Reed, it's a role he's learning to embrace.
Reed, who usually roams the outfield, has been working tirelessly on adding first base to his positional repertoire. Throughout the Jays' current nine-game homestand, the 28-year-old has worked with third-base coach Brian Butterfield, taking dozens of grounders in the hours prior to game time.
Reed, signed in the offseason after one year with the Mets, said he's trying to do whatever he can to find playing time and help the club win. With the departure of former backup Randy Ruiz, who is now in Japan, the Blue Jays need Reed, who has just three Major League starts at first base, to hone his infield skills more than ever.
"I'm just trying to keep all my options open," Reed said. "Whatever way I can stay in the big leagues and help the club win.
"I really haven't seen much time over there [at first], so that's one area I definitely need to work on and stay fresh. I just try and take as much time as I can early before [the pregame] to get as many ground balls in as possible."
Snider progressing slowly
TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist, was to begin hitting off a tee on Saturday, according to manager Cito Gaston.
No exact timetable has been set for the 22-year-old's return, though he will definitely be given a rehabilitation assignment, likely starting with Class A Dunedin, and working his way through the ranks.
"He's got a ways to come," Gaston said of Snider, who was hitting .241 with six home runs in 116 at-bats prior to suffering the injury.
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.