Friday, May 22, 2009

Snider sent down; Inglett to return?

As expected, the Toronto Blue Jays have sent struggling left fielder Travis Snider down to AAA Las Vegas to work on his stroke at the plate. After an sizzling start to the season, the Jays top prospect fell on hard times and wasn't able to work out of his funk.

Since Snider stroked a pair of home runs in Minnesota April 13th, he has zero dingers and just 3 RBI, seeing average drop from .316 to .242. Snider will be a cornerstone of this franchise for years to come, and this demotion shouldn't be treated as a question of his skills. However, Snider was rushed to the big leagues, so it's no wonder he struggled at the dish. It's only a matter of time until he's back with the Jays.

Now that Snider is gone, the question remains, who will replace him? I discussed yesterday that his best replacement would be Joe Inglett, but mentioned that he was on the disabled list. As fortune has it, Inglett was activated from the D.L. last night and played in a game for Las Vegas. It's almost a formality for Inglett to return to Toronto, especially with his versatility in interleague play.

My boy Russ Adams could be a surprise call up, but he's on the disabled list, so a return to Toronto seems unlikely, at least for now. By tomorrow afternoon, the odds on favourite to re-join the big club is Inglett.

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