6/26/2014 7:54 P.M. ET
Bautista completing due diligence as HRD captain
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista is taking his role as captain of the American League for the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby in Minnesota very seriously.
Bautista is expected to finalize his team relatively soon, but before that can happen he's doing his due diligence. There are conversations to be had with players from across the league as he gauges overall interest in the annual event.
"Behind the scenes, using the Players Association, I'm reaching out to some guys and seeing what level of interest there is," said Bautista, who is currently day to day with a mild hamstring strain. "I don't want to pick guys that don't want to do it and I don't want to force guys into doing it, if they don't really feel like it, if they're uncomfortable or they have some health issues.
"I want to win this, so I'm not going to pick anybody who is going to be reserved in any way when they go and pick up a bat."
One person who definitely won't be joining Bautista on the AL team is Edwin Encarnacion, who is still hopeful of becoming an All-Star, but has declined to participate in the Derby. Bautista said he plans to talk with White Sox slugger Jose Abreu during their current four-game series.
Other players have been in touch through text messages to volunteer and while there's a fan voting aspect to the event, Bautista said he has final say on who makes the team. Even though this will be the third time in four years that Bautista is taking part in the event, he didn't hesitate to once again sign on.
"It's a great time to celebrate what you're doing," said Bautista, who leads all Major Leagues in fan voting. "To meet some of the opponents as teammates, friends and people and not just I want to [beat you] every day on the field. You get to be around the best players in a different setting, a different environment.
"When the season's over and everybody goes their own way, it's hard to get everybody together. This would be the only time. There's a lot of stuff that goes on, it's cool for the fans as well. They deserve having us together and enjoying the festivities. It's part of the job."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Reyes registers first four-hit game of season
TORONTO -- Jose Reyes appears to be heating up again at the plate as he recorded a season-high four hits during Thursday night's 7-0 victory over the White Sox.
Reyes has at least two hits in each of his past three games. He also has six runs scored and three RBIs over that same span to become the spark plug Toronto needs at the top of its lineup.
The positive few games come after a stretch which saw Reyes go hitless in 19 at-bats. He was adamant during the cold spell that he wasn't going to change anything and would swing through the issues, and it appears that perseverance is starting to pay off.
"About time," Reyes said. "Nothing changed, just feel better now. I was struggling, but there was no doubt in my mind that I would get out of the slump. I never doubt myself, I always continue to work hard no matter how the season goes for me. I believe in my talent and I believe in what I can do on the field."
Reyes' performance Thursday night included a ball that went off the top of the wall in right-center field. It was an inch or two away from being a two-run homer, but instead he had to settle for the RBI triple. He went on to add three singles and has hit safely in nine of his past 15 plate appearances.
The 30-year-old became the second Blue Jays player this season to have a four-hit game. Melky Cabrera has done it twice, with the last time coming on May 20 against Boston.
"He was due, the last road trip he really cooled off," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You'll see it with Jose, when he starts shooting some balls the other way, he did that last night, that shows he's staying on the baseball. You can still pull from that, but I think he was pulling off a bit during the road trip."
Tolleson expects vision problems to clear up
TORONTO -- Steve Tolleson believes he's found a solution for the vision problems that have been plaguing him for the past several days.
Tolleson visited a cornea specialist on Thursday morning and was prescribed a pair of glasses. There's a belief that the contacts he wore for a few days earlier in the week caused an allergic reaction and created some abnormal dryness in his eyes.
The 30-year-old Tolleson underwent Lasik eye surgery in 2009 and had perfect vision for the past several years. He began experiencing some issues a couple of weeks ago and the problems became more severe when he tried to use contacts.
"[The doctor] said he'd only seen this one or two other times and they were both with previous Lasik patients," Tolleson said. "It seems that people after they have Lasik just can't wear contacts.
"So it was a very small vision correction anyway, even debatable whether I would wear glasses or not with it. It's just the contacts that I wore for those three days just irritated it and caused a reaction and that's what happened yesterday."
Tolleson plans to have Lasik surgery again this offseason but for now will wear glasses. He's not sure if that will be the case for the rest of the season or for a few days until his current eye issues completely go away.
The native of South Carolina was available to play Thursday night against the White Sox, and played the final three innings at third base, going 0-for-1 at the plate. He can now officially breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the blurriness he experienced this week isn't related to a serious health condition.
"[The doctor] told me it will take 24 hours to get it all the way back to where it was before," Tolleson said. "He said, 'Don't worry about it, it will come back.' That was good words to hear because I told [manager John Gibbons], I was scared about 5 or 6 o'clock yesterday because it was something I had never experienced before.
"It is definitely night and day better than it was yesterday. I took BP in these glasses today and ground balls and it wasn't an issue. Hopefully, the next few days I'll be back to normal."