Ruiz could make first start Wednesday

Ruiz could make first start Wednesday

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston is considering keeping either first baseman Lyle Overbay or left fielder Travis Snider on the bench for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. With lefty John Danks scheduled to start for Chicago, Gaston feels it could be a good time to give Randy Ruiz a chance to get his first start of the season.

Overbay entered Tuesday's game hitting .077 with no hits in his first eight at-bats against left-handed pitching. Snider has also struggled, hitting .120 through his first seven games. Ruiz, who bats from the right side, has only one pinch-hit appearance this season.

"I've given that thought about two days ago, and I still haven't made up my mind about it," Gaston said. "Not so much as sitting [Overbay or Snider] out, but just to get Ruiz in there to get him some playing time. Which one I pick, I'm not sure yet, if I do one at all."

Gaston still has confidence in Overbay, believing the veteran first baseman can pull it together as he gets more at-bats this season.

"He's trying hard," Gaston said of Overbay, who will be a free agent after the season. "This is a big year for him, and hopefully he can pull himself out of that hole."