Blue Jays shuffle things with Bautista at hot corner

Blue Jays shuffle things with Bautista at hot corner

KANSAS CITY -- On their first day without injured shortstop Jose Reyes, the Blue Jays rolled out an unconventional lineup which featured Jose Bautista at third base.

Bautista had floated the idea on Friday night.

"He came to us," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He talked after the game about coming early [Saturday] and taking ground balls."

Munenori Kawasaki, who drew the promotion from Triple-A Buffalo because of his slick glovework, was at shortstop in Reyes' absence and right fielder Emilio Bonifacio replaced Reyes as the leadoff hitter. The Blue Jays also had Maicer Izturis back in the lineup at second after being given a day off on Friday after fouling a ball off his foot the previous game in Detroit.

The Blue Jays may choose to give Bautista a longer look at third based on how well Brett Lawrie progresses from a oblique injury. Anthopoulos said it's possible that Lawrie may be back for the White Sox series next week.

Manager John Gibbons will have to mix and match with his lineups while Reyes is on the disabled list.

"It's a juggling act right now," Gibbons said. "We're going to piece it together and see which way we're strongest. You deal with it, and if you're good enough, you'll overcome it. We think we can."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.