Rasmus on Blue Jays' bench in favor of Davis

Rasmus on Blue Jays' bench in favor of Davis

Rasmus on Blue Jays' bench in favor of Davis
TORONTO -- Colby Rasmus is out for Saturday's match against the Mets, marking the second consecutive game that he did not start, although he did enter Friday's blowout as a defensive replacement in the seventh and walked in his only plate appearance.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell spoke with Rasmus at length following Friday's game to talk to him about the situation. His job is not in jeopardy, but Farrell also wants to get Rajai Davis more at-bats and move him beyond a platoon situation with Eric Thames in left.

"It's about giving him another day to do some extra work with [hitting coach] Dwayne Murphy in the cage," Farrell said. "Give him a little bit of a breather. ... Rajai continues to swing the bat and play extremely well."

The fact that Davis can play all three outfield positions should guarantee him more playing time as long as he continues to swing a hot bat. Davis is hitting .421 in May with a 1.263 OPS after posting a .185 average in April and is coming off the first multihomer game of his career Friday.

Rasmus, meanwhile, continues to struggle in a Blue Jays uniform. The center fielder has a batting line of .203/.277/.338/.615 over 133 at-bats, with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He hasn't homered since hitting a pair against the Royals on April 21.

"Colby needs some extra work, a chance to take a little bit of a step back for the time being, a very short stint, give him a chance to regroup," Farrell said. "I think it speaks to the depth of our bench and the overall roster."

The 25-year-old was seen as a key piece to the organization after being acquired from the Cardinals in a three-team trade last July. In 35 games with the Blue Jays last season, Rasmus hit .173 with a .201 on-base percentage and .517 OPS.

Farrell said Rasmus' leg kick, something he has been working on since last season, has been more consistent and under control and that his difficulties at the plate are not mechanical, but rather a matter of his timing.