Davis returns to lineup

Davis returns to lineup

Davis returns to lineup
ANAHEIM -- Rajai Davis made his return to the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday night after suffering a left hip flexor injury earlier in the week.

Davis had been out since being removed in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game. He was cleared to play Friday night but was given an extra day.

"He has bounced back from the slight strain that he felt the other night," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Davis is currently the Blue Jays' fourth outfielder but has managed to get into 19 games this season because of his overall versatility. The native of Connecticut has been used as a pinch-runner or late-inning replacement but also frequently starts against left-handed pitching.

That was the case on Saturday night with Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson on the mound. Davis is a career .288 hitter against lefties, and that track record seems to have given him most of the playing time off the bench over fellow reserve outfielder Ben Francisco.

"I think Rajai is a very good defender, and you look at his career numbers vs. left-handers and it's been solid," Farrell said. "When you have five outfielders, there's probably a skill set that might matchup better in certain situations.

"I don't want to say it's redundant, because I think Ben is a very good pinch-hitter and can sit and come off the bench and DH after four, five days down and produce a low-maintenance type of swing. He's done just that for us."

Davis is hitting .207 (6-for-29) with three extra-base hits and three stolen bases this season. He is a career .272 hitter with 13 home runs and 161 RBIs.