"For the time being, with Adam's situation and still
being on the disabled list, we're in a little bit of a
state of flux," Farrell said. "What has become
apparent in what we have to respond to is in the way
teams are approaching Jose.
"[Colon's] dominant down to his
glove side, down and away, and we felt like Yunel has
swung the bat here really well of late."
Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Rivera and Aaron Hill have all been given auditions in the cleanup spot. The trio combined to hit just .216 with no home runs and eight RBIs.
Now it's Escobar's turn to offer some sort of
protection to Bautista, who entered Monday's game with
39 walks this season and hit his 19th homer of the season off Colon in his first at-bat.
Farrell wouldn't commit to how long Escobar's audition would
"[There's] every intent to try to gain some continuity,"
said Farrell, who has used 41 lineups in 47
games. "It has been pretty much the
antithesis of that, because of the uncertainty,
because we're not trying to be so knee-jerk reactionary with
"Yet we're looking for combinations to address what
is being presented to us right now, and that's a
clear-cut strategy with Jose, and we're trying to
respond to that the best we can with the internal
Escobar's transition to fourth
created an opening for Rajai Davis to return to the
leadoff spot. Davis began the season in the club's top
spot but sustained an ankle injury during the first
game of the season and has struggled to find continued
The 30-year-old has been hitting well as of late,
though, batting .364 with six runs
and three doubles over his past 12 games.
Davis also leads the Blue Jays with 12 stolen bases in
16 attempts this year.