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09/04/11 4:09 PM ET

Escobar sits out with sore left wrist

NEW YORK -- Shortstop Yunel Escobar was held out of the Blue Jays' lineup on Sunday afternoon after suffering a left wrist injury the day before.

Escobar was injured during the fourth inning when New York's Francisco Cervelli slid into his glove during a stolen-base attempt.

The 28-year-old Escobar is currently listed as day to day. The injury had drawn comparisons to the one suffered by outfielder Colby Rasmus, which required a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but that's not expected to be the case with Escobar.

"[Escobar] said it doesn't feel too bad today, but we'll re-evaluate it tomorrow," Blue Jays acting manager Don Wakamatsu told reporters on Sunday.

"Initially, we don't think it's near what Rasmus' was. I think Rasmus knew the two incidents that happened were a little bit more severe."

Toronto recalled veteran Chris Woodward from Triple-A Las Vegas to provide more depth around the infield during Escobar's absence. The club was not required to make a corresponding move because rosters were expanded on Sept. 1.

Woodward hit .296 with 13 home runs and 65 RBIs in 108 games for the 51s. He also spent four games with Toronto earlier this season but didn't record a hit in four at-bats.

Left fielder Eric Thames also was left out of the Blue Jays starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms. He eventually did get into Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Yankees in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter but struck out.

"The report I got at the end of the game [on Saturday] was kind of viral," Wakamatsu said. "Just felt sick and still a little weak today, so we'll re-evaluate him again tomorrow, too."

Johnson thriving with his new club

NEW YORK -- Second baseman Kelly Johnson appears to be thriving in his new surroundings with the Blue Jays.

The veteran infielder was suffering through a down year in Arizona before getting traded to the Blue Jays for Aaron Hill and John McDonald on Aug. 23.

The sample size is still small, but Johnson has begun to turn his year around and the Blue Jays' brass has been impressed.

"He's had some great at-bats," Toronto acting manager Don Wakamatsu told reporters Sunday morning. "Driven the ball, almost hit the ball out to left field, so he's using all fields. He made a nice adjustment on a breaking ball for a base hit yesterday. Just having good plate appearances."

Johnson began his tenure in Toronto by going 2-for-13 in four games. Since that time, though, he has been on fire. The native of Texas entered play Sunday batting .435 (10-for-23) with one double, two triples, two homers and four RBIs in five games.

Wakamatsu believes most of the newfound success has to do with a fresh start and Johnson's working relationship with hitting coach Dwayne Murphy.

"He mentioned a couple of different times, how excited he is to work with Murph," Wakamatsu said. "Right away, when they had their initial discussions, they were on the same page.

"I think a lot of times a change of scenery, as we've seen in so many players [can be beneficial], but more importantly the relationship and the environment you create."

Despite a low average this season, Johnson ranks second in triples (7), tied for third in homers (20), and tied for fourth in walks (49) among Major League second basemen.

Bautista back in right field in finale

NEW YORK -- Jose Bautista was originally scheduled to start at designated hitter on Sunday afternoon, but he was forced to play the field because of a series of injuries on the Blue Jays roster.

Bautista has been playing through a sore left calf, and although he likely won't be required to miss a game, the club would prefer to give him a day off from the field.

An injury to shortstop Yunel Escobar and flu-like symptoms to outfielder Eric Thames had Toronto playing with a short bench on Sunday in New York, and as a result, Bautista got the start in right field.

"We talked about maybe the next couple of days, whether it's tomorrow or the next day," Blue Jays acting manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We haven't looked at it yet, but [we want to] try to get him off his feet."

Bautista entered play Sunday hitting .309 with 39 home runs and 91 RBIs in 126 games. He is one homer away from becoming just the second player in franchise history to record back-to-back 40 home run seasons.

Worth mentioning

• Center fielder Colby Rasmus has yet to take batting practice since suffering a right wrist injury on Aug. 23. The 25-year-old is expected to do so within the next couple of days, but there's no immediate timetable for his return.

"No idea," Blue Jays acting manager Don Wakamatsu said. "You just hope he progresses and continues to get better. You want to see that he's ready before you put him back in that environment."

• Rajai Davis went 1-for-3 with a home run during his first rehab appearance for Class A Dunedin on Saturday. Davis got the start at designated hitter and hit leadoff.

Davis has been out since tearing his left hamstring during a game against the Angels on Aug. 14. He is batting .237 with one home run and 29 RBIs this season.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.