TORONTO -- Shortstop Yunel Escobar was not
in the lineup for Monday's opener against the Orioles because of an injury to his left groin.
"Right now Yunel's
situation is day to day," manager John Farrell said.
"We don't think that's a long-term issue."
exited Sunday's 12-6 loss at Texas in the fifth inning after sustaining the injury two innings prior while running from first to third on a
single by Colby Rasmus. The groin bothered him again in the fourth, and he was thrown out on a close play at first base on a ground ball.
Omar Vizquel, who played second base in the previous two games
because Kelly Johnson was out with a sore hamstring, started at shortstop on
Monday and batted ninth.
With the bullpen having been overworked in recent days, the
Blue Jays entered Monday with an eight-man relief corps. This leaves them vulnerable
on the bench, especially with the two middle infielders dealing with injuries.
"With the combination of eight relievers and [the
Escobar and Johnson] situations, it makes our middle infield thin," Farrell
said. "At some point we'll have to make some moves to adjust to protect
ourselves if those two conditions persist."