Axe finally falls on Snider
It seemed inevitable leaving Boston and heading to Atlanta to begin the Jays' schedule of inter-league road games, but after Thursday's game at Fenway Park, it became official -- Travis Snider has been optioned to AAA-Las Vegas. There was no callup immediately named, but it's likely to be Russ Adams, who can fill in at all the infield positions and the corner outfield spots. Adams is a lefthanded bat like Snider, but his sitting on the bench will not affect his future like it would Snider's. Adams had been hitting .324 at Vegas in 14 games at second base and in the outfield, missing some time with a hand injury. If not Adams, then Joe Inglett who brings the same credentials to the party.
Snider had just one extra base hit (a double) in his last 21 games and was being beaten regularly by soft stuff outside and down, causing him to also be late on the fastball. When he struck out in the middle game of the Sox series against Brad Penny, he looked whipped, head down, strolling back to the dugout. In the ninth, when Gaston pinch-hit for him against a lefthander, it became just a matter of time.
The clubhouse was closed for longer than usual and when the media was allowed in, Gaston's door was still closed. The meeting with Snider was a long one, which usually means trouble from the player on his way out in terms of needing an explanation. The fact that Snider was unwilling to discuss his feelings with the media also speaks volumes.
As for the length of the Snider demotion, with the final six games of inter-league not coming until a trip to Philadelphia and Washington, it would seem extremely possible that he will stay in Vegas at least until the Jays return from D.C. on June 22.