Villar remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Bo Bichette's return from the injured list Sept. 12 wasn't expected to spell an end to Villar's time as an everyday player, but that's how things have ended up playing out. Despite having the ability to play at other positions, Villar will be on the bench for the fourth time in 10 games. His slumping ways at the plate have likely factored into his declining playing time; Villar has slashed .182/.274/.200 since coming over to Toronto in an Aug. 31 trade with the Marlins.
Villar went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI Friday as the Blue Jays took down the Mets 3-2. Villar was very active on the basepaths as he stole bases 10 and 11 on the season while also collecting his 12th RBI. The 29-year-old is hitting .247/.312/.312 and currently ranks third in baseball with 11 steals.
Villar isn't starting Tuesday against the Yankees. Villar had 20 plate appearances over the past four games, going 3-for-16 with four walks, one RBI and four strikeouts during that time. He'll take a breather Tuesday with Santiago Espinal starting at shortstop.
Villar is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Red Sox. The 29-year-old received starts at second base and shortstop in his first three games with the Blue Jays after being acquired Monday, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's afternoon contest. Villar is off to a rough start with his new team, going 2-for-12 with a walk while committing two errors and multiple baserunning gaffes. Cavan Biggio and Joe Panik will start in the middle infield for the Blue Jays in the matinee.
Villar was traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The Blue Jays were in need of middle infield help with Bo Bichette (knee) on the injured list, and they should get their short-term answer with Villar. It's unclear what kind of role Villar will play once Bichette returns to action, but he could get a fair amount of playing time due to his defensive versatility. Villar hit .272 with two home runs, nine RBI and nine stolen bases while serving as an everyday player in Miami this season. Isan Diaz (opt out) plans to return to the team and should take over at second base for the Marlins if he's reinstated, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.