The Blue Jays will play Jarrett Hoffpauir full-time at third base, announced manager Cito Gaston, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com tweets .
The Jays are in need of a third sacker after designating Edwin Encarnacion for assignment.
Hoffpauir was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals in the offseason and was cranking at Triple-A Las Vegas to the line of .328/.378/.532 with nine home runs in 260 at-bats. He certainly has the bat, as the 27-year-old also hit well for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in 2009. He can play second or third but is not an asset defensively.
Hoffpauir 's reign as the starting third baseman may be short-lived as outfielder Travis Snider is rehabbing from injury and is on the verge of returning. That would likely push Jose Bautista out of the outfield alignment and back to third.
-- Evan Brunell
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