NEW YORK -- Second baseman Devon Travis was held out of the Blue Jays' lineup again on Saturday afternoon because of a sore left foot.Travis remains day to day while prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was inserted into the starting lineup for the second consecutive day. Travis fouled a ball off
NEW YORK -- Second baseman Devon Travis was held out of the Blue Jays' lineup again on Saturday afternoon because of a sore left foot.
Travis remains day to day while prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was inserted into the starting lineup for the second consecutive day. Travis fouled a ball off his foot during Thursday night's loss to the Yankees, and while he remained in the game, he has since been sidelined.
"He's feeling better," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who would not comment on whether Travis was available off the bench.
Travis' absence opened the door for the Blue Jays to reward Gurriel for his impressive debut. Gurriel became the fourth player in franchise history to record at least three RBIs in his debut, joining Pat Borders (1988), Eric Hinske (2002) and J.P. Arencibia ('10).
Gurriel went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles during Friday night's 8-5 victory. He was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire earlier that day, and he is expected to see time at second whenever Travis is out of the lineup. He also may be used occasionally at shortstop or third base.
"Somebody gets a couple of knocks, drives in some runs, it's tough not to play them," Gibbons said.
Day off for Smoak
Blue Jays slugger Justin Smoak received his first day off on Saturday afternoon. Smoak had appeared in all 19 of Toronto's games this season prior to the matinee affair against the Yankees. The 31-year-old is batting .233/.352/.384 with two homers and 12 RBIs.
"Isn't everyone allowed to have a day off?" Gibbons jokingly asked during a morning scrum with reporters.
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