OAKLAND -- The Blue Jays received some much-needed rest on Monday following a stretch of 20 games in as many days.
Toronto has been riding its starting nine on an almost daily basis this season and a scheduled off-day was exactly what the doctor ordered. That was especially the case for Yunel Escobar, who had played in every inning until Sunday's game in Anaheim.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that with another off-day not coming until May 24 the timing was right to get a short breather for everyone on his roster.
"I think there are some position players that we were able to take advantage [especially] Sunday being down for Yunel," Farrell said. "So he gets two days down after playing every game so far. There's a reason they come along at the 20-game mark and it was needed for everybody."
Despite the day off, Farrell has no intention of skipping No. 5 starter Drew Hutchison. Toronto utilized a four-man rotation earlier this year, but that is not the intention this time around.
Farrell would prefer to give everyone in the rotation an extra day of rest as a way of keeping each pitcher strong.
"We'll look to take advantage of the off-days," Farrell said. "We're not looking to roll guys back, at least at this point where we've gone to five guys in the rotation.
"Earlier in the season, it was because we had multiple days off. We're in another stretch here where we're going to have another string of 14-15 in a row. So I think everybody in our rotation could stand an extra day."
Snider day to day with ailing wrist at Triple-A
OAKLAND -- Triple-A Las Vegas left fielder Travis Snider remains day to day with a jammed right wrist.
Snider was eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list on Saturday but after going through batting practice he was deemed not ready to play.
The same result happened each of past two days and Snider will remain a game-time decision until the pain completely goes away.
"While three days ago it seemed like if he got through it he was going to be in the lineup that night, I think he is wanting to be sure that thing is completely out of there before he is full go," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
Snider was cut from the Blue Jays roster during the final week of Spring Training after losing the starting job in left field to Eric Thames. The 24-year-old is hitting .400 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 19 games for Las Vegas this season.
Left-hander Brett Cecil received more encouraging news this week. Toronto's former No. 3 starter was activated from the disabled list in Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday. Cecil had missed the past three weeks with a strained groin and is expected to throw four innings or 60 pitches on Wednesday.
Santos begins rehab for right shoulder injury
OAKLAND -- While the Blue Jays flew to Oakland on Sunday night, closer Sergio Santos headed to Florida to begin his rehab from a right shoulder injury.
Santos was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 21 with inflammation in his shoulder. He was recently re-evaluated by Dr. Lewis Yocum and received a clean bill of health to resume throwing.
On Tuesday, Santos threw for the first time since suffering the injury and is scheduled to go through a similar routine the following day.
"That will all be determined once we get off the mound," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said when asked if Santos would require a rehab assignment in the Florida State League before returning. "I would guess that's probably still two weeks away."
Santos, who was acquired from the White Sox during the offseason, has allowed five runs in five innings this season while recording two saves.
Blue Jays' Honorary Bat Girl selected
OAKLAND -- Vicky Yakabuski will represent the Blue Jays in the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl program, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment of "Going to Bat" in the fight against the disease.
Yakauski will be honored at Rogers Centre later this month. One winner for each team was selected by a guest judging panel that includes MLB players and celebrities in addition to fan votes from HonoraryBatGirl.com.
Each winner will be honored during an on-field ceremony and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game. The Honorary Bat Girl Contest was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother's Day.