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Jays demote Travis Snider to make room for Rajai Davis

Apr 28, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Travis Snider hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

Apparently, Corey Patterson is a keeper.

The Jays announced after Thursday’s win over the Rangers that they’ve optioned 23-year-old Travis Snider to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Utilityman Chris Woodward was sent outright to the same club.  Rajai Davis is expected to come off the DL and reclaim his spot in center field prior to Friday’s game.

Snider was demoted despite a current five-game hitting streak that had raised his average from .159 to .184. Of course, it was about as weak as hitting streaks get, considering he didn’t have a two-hit game or an extra-base hit during the span. The Jays probably would have been more patient with him if not for the 23 strikeouts in 87 at-bats.

Overall, Snider, who debuted with the Jays as a 20-year-old in 2008, has hit .246/.313/.423 in 699 at-bats as a major leaguer. He’s shown very impressive power at times — he his six homers last September alone — but he’s had big issues making contact (203 strikeouts), and since he’s limited defensively, he’s not an asset while hitting .250, much less .180.

With Snider out of the mix, the Jays will go with Patterson and Juan Rivera in left field for now. Snider should get another chance in a month or so, but if this is a make-or-break year for him in Toronto, it’s certainly off to a rough start.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    An incomplete story. Who is taking Woodward’s place on the roster?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM

      The Jays are adding David Cooper to the roster. He is a former first round pick who had a big spring and is currently hitting .395 in Triple A.

  2. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    how can you not like a guy name Rajai.

  3. derpdederpdederp - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    unfortunately snider cannot put a season together. every year it seems he gets called up, has a few good games, and then struggles to hit until he is demoted again. i like snider but its hard to tell how much longer the jays will stick with him

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