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Travis Snider sidelined by rib injury suffered while golfing

Travis Snider

Toronto Blue Jays’ Travis Snider, reacts after being forced out on the double play at second base to end the inning against the Seattle Mariners during eighth-inning AL baseball game action in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)


Travis Snider has sat out the early workouts in Blue Jays camp because of a rib-cage injury suffered while golfing last week.

Snider told Gregor Chisholm of that he’s “taking a very cautious approach with the idea in mind that the ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day.” In other words, don’t expect to see him in the lineup when exhibition games begin shortly.

Snider has shown very good power through 183 games in the majors, smacking 25 homers and 40 doubles in 612 at-bats, but the 23-year-old former top prospect has batted just .255 with 180 strikeouts and missed two months of last season with a wrist injury.

Once healthy he’ll be the favorite to claim the everyday job in left field, but he may want to stay off the links for a while.