Jays' Snider on DL with wrist injury
A wrist injury will mean Travis Snider will miss the Toronto Blue Jays' trip to Seattle this week.
That's not only bad news for the 22-year-old Jays outfielder but also for a slew of friends and relatives who had hoped to see him play against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
Snider, who is from the Seattle area, hasn't played since Friday, when he hit a three-run home run in Toronto's 16-10 victory over the Texas Rangers. He was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who has been on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, will take his place on the 25-man roster.
Snider is travelling to Dunedin, Fla., on Tuesday for an MRI. The injury has been described at various times as a strain and a sprain.
"The best thing for me is go down there and get it checked out and make sure it's nothing too serious and take the necessary steps," Snider said.
Toronto will play in Seattle on Wednesday and Thursday to open an eight-game road trip.
This is the second year in a row Snider has missed the Blue Jays' trip to Seattle. He was demoted last May 21, well ahead of the Jays' trip to his home state last July.
Snider was born in Kirkland, Wash., and his residence is listed as Lynnwood, Wash.
"That's probably the most disappointing thing for me," Snider said Monday afternoon before the Jays played the Minnesota Twins at the Rogers Centre. "It's frustrating to know I've missed that trip for the last two years. There's been some pretty rough text messages here in the last hour or so.
"My aunt's company bought over 100 tickets, my high school coach bought a lot. I'm sure they're as disappointed as I am."
The timing of the injury is bad for Snider and the Blue Jays. Although he is batting .241 with six homers and 15 runs batted in for the season, he had started to get things together recently. In his past 14 games, he is batting .385 with eight doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs.
Friday gave homers in consecutive games for the first time in his career and was his second consecutive three-RBI game.
"It's very disappointing," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "I know he is disappointed too, especially when a guy is starting to swing the bat the way he has. He also had a chance to go home tomorrow and that's even more sad for him.
"We're going to miss him. He just getting going and that happened to him what can you do?"
Snider said he tried to swing Monday afternoon and he still felt pain.
"We just tried it today, it wasn't ready to go," he said. "If you had asked me how I felt before I swung I would have said I would probably have been ready to play. The pain was still there on the full extension out of my swing. I took one swing off the tee and I knew I wasn't ready to go."
He said the injury occurred during the same at-bat in which he homered on Friday.
"I think two or three pitches before I hit the home run, the bottom hand slipped off the bat," he said.
He said the hand was jammed and some soft tissue became irritated.
When Encarnacion returns Tuesday, he will play third base, enabling Jose Bautista to move from third back to right field where Snider has been playing.
Encarnacion was put on the disabled list April 23, retroactive to April 15, with a sore right shoulder. The right-handed batter is hitting .219 with one home run and five RBIs in nine games. He has been playing with Class-A Dunedin on a rehabilitation assignment.