Minors roundup: Travis still on the snide

Don’t look for Travis Snider to return to the Major Leagues anytime soon. The 21-year-old outfielder, who was optioned by the Jays to Triple-A Las Vegas on May 22, has been out of the 51’s lineup for the last four games because of lower back pain.

Prior to that, Snider had hit .258 (8-for-31) with a pair of walks and 10 strikeouts in eight games since joining Las Vegas. He’ll be out for the remainder of the weekend and into next week. Even when Snider returns, it’s likely the Jays will wait until he enjoys a hot stretch at the plate before calling him back up to the big club. In other words, look for Snider to remain in the minors until after the all-star break.

Some all-stars were announced today … the Dunedin Blue Jays (A) had six players named to the Florida State League North Division team – pitchers Tim Collins and Daniel Farquhar, as well as OF Eric Thames, Darin Mastroianni and Moises Sierra, and INF Raul Barron.

J.C. Arencibia is enduring his share of struggles at Triple-A. Over his last 10 games, the 23-year-old is batting just .175 (7-for-40) with a homer and 3 RBIs. That included an 0-for-7 game against Sacramento on May 29. In 49 games overall this year, Arencibia – the No. 2 prospect in the Jays organization – is hitting .237 (46-for-194) with a .299 on-base percentage, 17 doubles, eight home runs and 31 RBIs.

Brett Cecil earned a win in his last outing, allowing just one earned run on three hits in 6.0 innings of work against Portland. Since returning to Triple-A, the left-hander is 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA, 8 walks and 14 strikeouts in three starts … Walks were again a problem for David Purcey in his most recent outing, a loss to Portland on Wednesday. The 27-year-old walked six and gave up four earned runs on five hits in just 4.2 IP. Prior to that start, however, Purcey had posted a 1.32 ERA (4 ER, 27.1 IP) in his previous four starts, walking 12 while striking out 19.

Justin Jackson, who’s been touted as the shortstop of the future for the Blue Jays, has seen his bat heat up recently at Class-A Dunedin. The 20-year-old is batting .357 (10-for-28) over his last 10 games. He’s hitting .246 (33-for-134) on the year.

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