TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was sent down to triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, a day after tossing his bat down the dugout stairs after being replaced during a game against the New York Yankees.
In Tuesday's 7-6 win over New York, Pillar was scheduled to bat in the eighth inning with the game tied and the bases loaded. He walked to the batter's box area as the Yankee infielders gathered on the mound with reliever Dellin Betances for a coaching visit.
However, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided that Anthony Gose would enter the game as a pinch-hitter and Pillar had to return to the dugout.
Once there, Pillar briefly chatted with Gibbons before walking to the other end of the dugout and casually tossing his bat down the steps. It wasn't an overly aggressive display, but it was rather unexpected.
Gibbons was asked whether it was a factor in his demotion.
"It didn't help him at all," he said. "This is a team game. There's no room for selfish play. But we've been thinking about (calling up Brad) Glenn for a while anyway."
Glenn, who has split the season between the Jays' double-A and triple-A affiliates, arrived in time for Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees. He has a .381 average with four homers and 22 RBIs in 30 games this season for the Bisons.
Pillar, who had just been recalled from Buffalo on Monday, was given a rare start in right field Tuesday with slugger Jose Bautista out of the lineup with a strained hamstring. Pillar went 0-for-3 on the night.
In the first of his two pre-game media availabilities, Gibbons was asked about Pillar's reaction but kept his reply pithy.
"He wasn't real happy, I know that," he said.
Gose ended up grounding into a forceout for the second out in the eighth and Munenori Kawasaki struck out to end the inning. The Blue Jays went on to score a run in the ninth for the walkoff win.
Pillar has played in 26 games for Toronto this year but his backup role has limited him to just 40 at-bats. He has driven in two runs and has a .225 average.
Gose got the start in right field Wednesday night with Glenn available if needed off the bench.
"We're looking for a little more sock from the right side," Gibbons said. "We've got three left-handed pitchers coming in from the (Chicago) White Sox (this week). Glenn's been on fire down (in Buffalo) as well so this is his opportunity."
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays also designated infielder Jonathan Diaz for assignment before the game.
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