Notes: Rios released from hospital

Jays notes: Rios released from hospital

KANSAS CITY -- It took a little longer than the Blue Jays expected, but it was good news nonetheless. Alex Rios was released from Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto on Friday after being sidelined for more than a week with a staph infection in his left leg.

"Alex was released from the hospital," Toronto bench coach Ernie Whitt said. "He is walking -- on crutches, but the crutches were just helping him a bit. He seems to be OK."

George Poulis, Toronto's head trainer, said that Rios would probably use the crutches for a couple more days. He said that Rios, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, still didn't have enough strength to walk on his own and there wasn't a set timetable on the right fielder's return.

While in the hospital, where he was admitted on June 29, Rios did light physical therapy -- mainly range-of-motion activities with his legs. Poulis said that Rios is able to ride on a stationary bike, but wasn't sure when the 25-year-old, who has lost about 10 pounds since the injury occurred, would be able to begin running again.

"That's the million dollar question," Poulis said. "Everyone's asking me that."

The Jays will be extra cautious with Rios because they don't want to risk spreading the infection to another part of his body. If the bacteria aren't completely gone and Rios were to perform intense exercises, the staph infection could spread. Rios was given antibiotics through an IV in the hospital and is now taking medication orally to fight the infection.

The injury originated from a pitch that Rios fouled off his left shin, above his ankle, on June 27 against Washington. The ball most likely broke the skin, allowing bacteria to produce the infection. When Rios arrived at Rogers Centre on June 29, the bruised area of his leg had reddened significantly and that's when the Blue Jays sent him to the hospital for further treatment.

Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said last week that he expected Rios to be ready to rejoin the Blue Jays for their series against the Mariners following the All-Star break. With no indication as to when Rios might be back at full strength, though, it appears Rios may be sidelined even longer.

Rios, who is hitting .330 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs, won't miss the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, though. The outfielder was voted onto the American League team for the first time in his career by the players and plans to attend, even though he won't be able to participate. Texas outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was named as Rios' replacement.

"He's on the road to recovery," Whitt said. "Now it's just a healing process."

Gibbons back Saturday: Whitt, who has filled in for John Gibbons as Toronto's manager for the last two days, said that he spoke with Gibbons on Thursday night. Gibbons has been in San Antonio, Texas, to be with his ailing father, but will rejoin the Jays on Saturday as planned.

"I talked to him last night and he told me I was a [bad] manager," joked Whitt, who was at the helm for Toronto's 6-2 loss on Thursday. "I brought down the coaches with me. I told him it was a coaches' effort last night."

Glaus bats fifth: For the first time this season, third baseman Troy Glaus was hitting somewhere other than the cleanup spot. Whitt opted to bat first baseman Lyle Overbay fourth and moved Glaus into the No. 5 hole.

Whitt said that the move was based on the hitters' numbers against Royals starter Luke Hudson and not based on their recent performance at the plate. Entering Friday, Overbay was 5-for-10 against Hudson and Glaus had never faced the right-hander.

"Overbay has had good luck versus Hudson," Whitt said. "I was just looking at the numbers. That's the only reason I did it. My personal belief is when you're facing a pitcher for the first time, he has the advantage over the hitters."

Over his last 17 games, Overbay has posted a .379 average. Glaus hasn't had as much success lately, hitting just .159 across his last 13 contests.

Down on the farm: Outfielder Travis Snider -- Toronto's first pick (14th overall) out of Jackson High School in Washington during June's First-Year Player Draft -- went 2-for-4 to lead the Pulaski Blue Jays to their eighth straight win on Thursday. Snider is hitting .263 (10-for-38) with a home run and eight RBIs in nine Minor League games.

Did you know? On Thursday, Kansas City starter Mark Redman pitched into the ninth inning against Toronto. He was only the second pitcher to last that long against the Blue Jays this season. On April 9, Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir turned in 8 2/3 innings against Toronto.

Coming up: Toronto left-hander Ted Lilly (8-8, 3.82 ERA) will take on Kansas City righty Scott Elarton (3-9, 5.13 ERA) when the Blue Jays face the Royals in the third game of a four-game set at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.