The 26-year-old Goins began the year as Toronto's starting second baseman, but lost the job because of his prolonged offensive struggles. In 24 games, he hit .150 (9-for-60) with a .203 on-base percentage and a .420 OPS.
"I don't really know what happened, I thought what I was doing was good and I thought things were going to work," Goins said. "In Spring Training, I felt like I was making strides and then you get to the season and you're not hitting, not exactly pressing, but you can kind of feel it that you're the guy in the lineup that wasn't getting the job done and they brought guys in that were getting it done."
Goins got the start at second base Tuesday night and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Goins can expect to receive a lot of playing time in the immediate future. The ripple effect of that decision could mean that Juan Francisco will get less playing time with Munenori Kawasaki moving to third.
In 79 games for Buffalo, Goins hit .285 with 16 extra-base hits and a .676 OPS. He'll likely split time at second with utilityman Steve Tolleson.
"I feel like I'm the same guy, same player, just a little more battle tested," Goins said. "Going down and having to pick myself back up and playing good enough to get back up here."
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.