Earlier this week the Blue Jays demoted starting left fielder Eric Thames to Triple-A despite the guy he beat out for the job in spring training, Travis Snider, being on the minor league disabled list with a wrist injury.
And now any thoughts of Snider being ready to step back into the Blue Jays’ lineup are gone, as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he “has yet to make any significant progress” and has been sent to the team’s spring training complex to rehab further.
Snider was putting up big numbers at Triple-A before the injury, hitting .333 with a 1.015 OPS in 26 games, but he’s been in pain since April 26 and there’s still no timetable for his return.
All of which means the Blue Jays will apparently go with light-hitting speedster Rajai Davis as their regular left fielder for the foreseeable future.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.