04/28/12 4:56 PM ET
Bautista seeking offensive rhythm
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
Toronto's right fielder is off to a relatively slow start to the 2012 season by his standards. Bautista entered play Saturday afternoon with a team-worst .183 average but still possesses a respectable .341 on-base percentage.
Those numbers are a far cry from what made Bautista a back-to-back winner of the Hank Aaron Award, and manager John Farrell believes his No. 3 hitter might be pressing at the plate.
"I think that can come from trying to do a little bit too much, overswinging the bat at times," Farrell said. "That's why you see a lot of pitches that he typically squares up, he's fouling off and at times looks like he's overswinging the bat."
Dating back to last year's All-Star break, Bautista is hitting .239 with 15 home runs, 47 RBIs and a .396 on-base percentage in 85 games. He believes most of the issues have stemmed from swinging at pitches out of the zone.
Farrell agreed with that and added that Bautista hasn't had quite the same offensive rhythm the Blue Jays have been accustomed to seeing.
"If you look at the pre All-Star break to now, yeah, there was a more consistent timing in his swing," Farrell said, "one that he continues to search for and maintain. The work he does daily with [hitting coach] Dwayne Murphy is centered around that and yet I think he is seeing an awful lot of breaking balls early in the count and then they elevate fastballs.
"Sometimes there might be a willingness to get that one fastball and think you've got to get it that one pitch and we'll see him foul off some fastballs that are above the strike zone."
Bautista, who last year became the first player since Mark McGwire to lead the Majors in home runs in back-to-back seasons, has a pretty simple philosophy when it comes to turning things around.
"Keep grinding at-bats and swinging at good pitches," Bautista said earlier this week. "I've said it before and I'm saying it again, swing at strikes, that's all I have to do."
Wrist injury sidelines Snider at Triple-A
TORONTO -- Left fielder Travis Snider will be out for at least seven days because of a jammed right wrist.
Snider suffered the injury during Thursday night's game with Triple-A Las Vegas. He attempted to make a diving catch and reinjured the same area that posed him problems in 2011.
"MRI was clean," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "It is a jammed wrist; the X-rays showed no fractures of any kind. He's probably seven days until game activity."
Snider was unsuccessful in his bid for a starting job in left field during Spring Training but has been on a roll in Las Vegas. The 24-year-old is batting .400 (30-for-75) with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 19 Minor League games this year.
The native of Kirkland, Wash., is a career .248 hitter in parts of four years at the big league level.
Farrell wants Arencibia to learn from error
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays allowed Friday night's game against the Mariners to slip away in part because of a pair of ninth-inning errors.
One of those came on an errant pickoff attempt by J.P. Arencibia. Toronto's catcher made a throw to first base with two outs in the ninth but had the ball sail into right field for a two-base error.
"It's a high-risk, high-reward play, and in the ninth inning, up by a run, you're looking to take care of the baseball and protect," Blue Jays manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday morning. "If that means being conservative, you want to make plays that are high-probability plays."
Those were similar sentiments to the ones Farrell expressed after Friday's extra-inning loss. For his part, Arencibia took responsibility for the error but added it's a throw he would make again because it could have won his team the game.
The viewpoints between manager and player didn't exactly seem in line and while the pair talked about the incident, not every aspect was covered.
"He did not say that directly to me, no," Farrell said in reference to Arencibia's quote to the media. "I will say this, I commend J.P. for his aggressiveness and his belief in his abilities to throw the baseball. It's, again, teaching the game situation and making the decision in the moment with the factors in mind: time of the game, score, where we are in the lineup, all of those things."