"That's what made it tougher to send him out," Gaston said. "Without him today, we certainly would not have won this game. He got down a good bunt and got a couple of base hits. He had a good ballgame. No matter what happens, I think he can go out on a positive note."
Hoffpauir's sacrifice bunt came in Toronto's five-run outburst in the 11th inning, helping the club end a five-game losing streak. In nine games as a regular third baseman for the Jays, though, Hoffpauir hit just .214 (6-for-28) with one extra-base hit and no RBIs.
The Blue Jays selected the contract of third baseman Edwin Encarnacion from Triple-A Vegas, and he is expected to be in the starting lineup for Toronto on Saturday in New York. In seven games since being outrighted to Triple-A, Encarnacion hit .438 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.
In order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Encarnacion, the Blue Jays outrighted outfielder Jeremy Reed to Triple-A. Reed refused the assignment and instead elected to become a free agent. Reed hit .271 in 41 games for Las Vegas, but he hit just .143 in 14 games for Toronto this season.