Farrell playing hot hand with Davis

Farrell playing hot hand with Davis

Farrell playing hot hand with Davis
TORONTO -- Rajai Davis made a rare start against a right-handed pitcher on Thursday night, but it's something that could happen with more regularity in upcoming games.

Davis has been used almost exclusively as a fourth outfielder this season while also getting starts against left-handed pitching in a platoon with left fielder Eric Thames.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell appeared to indicate that Davis could be used more frequently following a stretch of games where he has been performing well.

"Rajai brings a different element than anybody else on our roster," Farrell said of Davis, who has 183 career stolen bases. "He's earning and has earned the playing time to get back into the lineup, and that's not to take anything away from Eric.

"[Drew Hutchison] has been more of a fly-ball pitcher, so we're adding some defense, adding some speed, added some intangibles that Rajai brings, it gives us the one left-handed bat off the bench in the event of a late-inning matchup situation that we might deem favorable at that time."

Farrell stopped short of saying how much playing time Davis should now be expected to see in left field, but Thames isn't going to be used strictly as a reserve outfielder. There will still be plenty of opportunities for him to get back into the lineup.

"One, Rajai has earned more playing time," Farrell said. "Two, if there are matchups that are that much more apparent than a left-handed lineup, with the guys that we have in that daily lineup, that could also be the case. I don't want to say Eric is going to become a bench player, because he's not."

Davis entered play on Thursday hitting .263 with a .333 on-base percentage in 38 at-bats this season.