Gibbons added that Stairs, who has been nursing a sore left hip flexor, was available off the bench for Tuesday's season opener against New York and that there was "a very good chance" that the outfielder would play on Wednesday. All that adds up to Stairs likely avoiding a stint on the 15-day DL.
"He's OK," Gibbons said. "We're going to stick with what we were doing [on Monday] and give him one more day. If we need him we'll use him [we can], but we'd like to stay away from that one more time."
The 40-year-old Stairs hasn't appeared in a big league game since March 23 and he hasn't had an at-bat in a game since March 20 due to the hip soreness. Stairs, who said the source of the discomfort is the muscles surrounding the hip, hasn't had any problems when hitting -- only while running.
As was going to be the case for Monday's game, which was pushed back to Tuesday due to rain, outfielder Shannon Stewart was in the lineup as the No. 2 hitter and left fielder for the Blue Jays. The plan heading into this year was for Stairs, who hit .289 with 21 home runs and 64 RBIs in 125 games for Toronto last season, to platoon with Stewart in left.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less