Travis Snider’s new equipment.
More missed opportunities behind him, Travis Snider is back playing baseball, as you can see above, sporting a fancy new wonky-wrist protector for when he’s on the base paths while rehabbing in extended Spring Training last night.
Alexis Brudnicki was there, tweeting that he reached base twice– including a long double– that he stole a base, slid thrice, and ripped his pants open, but that his wrist seemed fine.
She also filed an excellent, lengthy, profile of the bad luck outfielder for CBC Sports– though he would insist that he not be called that. “I feel like that position’s always been mine and I’m the only one to blame for the struggles and, per se, losing that position,” he says of the left field job in Toronto, currently occupied by Rajai Davis, after Eric Thames– victor in this spring’s nominal battle for the spot– was demoted after putting up a .230 wOBA, a .108 ISO and striking out 31.8% of the time in May.
Snider admits that he knew from the pain and the amount of work he had to do just to swing that he wasn’t truly ready to return to action following his first stint on the DL this season, which led to him shutting himself back down, allowing the injury to– he hopes– fully heal.
Which it has… we assume. At the very least, he’s back playing, albeit while wearing a wrist guard, and will continue to move up through the ranks tonight, as he’ll apparently be in the lineup for the FSL Dunedin Blue Jays, according to a tweet from the affiliate’s PA announcer, Bill Christie.
Brudnicki adds that Snider “said he doesn’t know his timetable and was waiting to hear, but extended spring ends today so decisions will have to be made.”
Surely he’ll be back in Las Vegas soon, and if he picks up hitting where he left off prior to the first DL trip, it should only be a matter of time before he gets another crack at Toronto.
No, really. I mean, Rajai Davis has had some nice games– as many home runs as Brett Lawrie!– and can be a nice late-game weapon on the basepaths, and I get that now there’s a lot of fringe MLB bodies to contend with on the roster and in Vegas at the moment, but Snider can actually play solid defence in left *COUGH* Eric Thames *COUGH* and is capable of being the best hitter among any of them by a country fucktonne. No, it’s far from a guarantee that he’ll play in the Majors the way so many for so long have felt he’s capable, and I’m sure plenty of morons are reading this salivating at how they’re about to go braying in the comments below, smugly letting shit slide out their mouths about what a bust he is, but… Jesus fuck, we waited out Thames, now let’s get some damn Snider ABs around here and find out for damn sure if we need to bother to keep on caring already!
Image via @baseballexis.