Upon Snider's return, Jays to shuffle outfield

Upon Snider's return, Jays to shuffle outfield

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are not ready to reveal when Travis Snider will be promoted from the Minor Leagues, but on Tuesday, manager Cito Gaston was willing to discuss how playing time might be handled upon the outfielder's return.

"It's not going to be easy," Gaston admitted. "I talked about this earlier in the year, and it hasn't happened that much, but we'll try to give guys a day off a week. It's tough to do sometimes. We might be leaning more that way -- just rotating the guys."

Gaston said Snider, who has hit .342 with four homers and 13 RBIs over his past 10 games with Double-A New Hampshire, will split his time between left and right field when he comes back. Snider was sidelined with a right wrist issue earlier this year and was optioned to Double-A after being activated from the disabled list on July 17.

In rotating things around to manage playing time, Gaston would likely also move Fred Lewis between left and right field, Jose Bautista between right field and third base and Edwin Encarnacion between third and the bench.

There is a chance that Snider could rejoin the Blue Jays for the upcoming weekend series against the Indians. Gaston has indicated that he and general manager Alex Anthopoulos will make a decision following Thursday's team off-day.