The Blue Jays optioned Gurriel to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports. Upon reaching the majors for the first time April 20, Gurriel quickly displaced Devon Travis as the everyday second baseman, then assumed the primary shortstop gig when Aledyms Diaz (ankle) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. Despite the steady playing time, Gurriel never found much of a rhythm at the plate in his 20 games with Toronto, hitting a meager .206/.229/.309 before losing out on an everyday role. It's now expected that the Blue Jays will proceed with some combination of Gio Urshela and Richard Urena to cover shortstop for the time being.
Gurriel is out of the lineup against Boston on Saturday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.ca reports. Gurriel will retreat to the bench following four straight starts as Gio Urshela gets the nod at shortstop against left-hander David Price. Over 20 games at the major-league level this year, Gurriel is slashing .206/.229/.309 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Gurriel will be the Blue Jays' primary shortstop while Aledmys Diaz (ankle) is on the disabled list, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Gurriel has been primarily stationed at second base, hitting .236 with two homers in 55 at-bats. He'll now slide over to shortstop for at least the next 10 days, which could offer him more positional eligibility if he can start enough contests at shortstop.
Gurriel is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. As expected, Gurriel has emerged as the Blue Jays' primary second baseman following Devon Travis' demotion to Triple-A Buffalo a week ago, but the 24-year-old hasn't yet done enough to build much security in an everyday role. Gurriel is slashing a meager .222/.250/.352 through his first 56 plate appearances in the big leagues, which could result in him losing out on starts to Yangervis Solarte at the keystone if the youngster is unable to turn things around in the near future.
Gurriel will start at second base and bat seventh Sunday against the Red Sox, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. More notable than Gurriel's inclusion in the lineup for the series finale is the fact that the struggling Devon Travis was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day. Though Travis' stint in the minors isn't expected to be an extended one, his absence from the active roster nonetheless opens up a clear path to an everyday role for Gurriel at second base. The 24-year-old, who has slashed .227/.227/.364 through his first seven games in the big leagues, had previously been splitting reps with Travis and shortstop Aledmys Diaz as part of a three-way timeshare in the middle infield.