TORONTO -- Ryan Garko already wasn't on the firmest of footing with manager Eric Wedge because of his struggles at the plate this season. Not running out a groundout to first base in Wednesday's 10-7 loss to the Rays didn't help Garko's standing. The fact that Garko was standing in the box in the second inning Wednesday, watching as his grounder rolled from fair to foul and back to fair for an easy out had Wedge fuming, and the anger didn't dissipate much on Thursday's off-day.
So when Friday's lineup was posted for the series opener with the Blue Jays, Garko's name was notably absent. "I'm just not playing him today," Wedge said. "I'm not sure when I'm going to put him out there. We'll play it day by day." Wedge came to the park knowing Garko would be benched, just as he was benched immediately after the play in question. A conversation with Garko before Friday's game didn't change matters. After Andy Marte replaced Garko at the designated-hitter spot Wednesday, it was Andy Gonzalez filling in at first base Friday. "There's nothing to talk about," Wedge said when pressed about the issue. "It's self-explanatory. You guys [reporters] have been around long enough to know how I feel about that." After the 10-7 loss Wednesday, Garko admitted he had made a mistake in assuming the ball was going to stay foul. "It won't ever happen again," he said. And Wedge is giving Garko, who is batting .239 with eight homers and 50 RBIs, plenty of time to think about what happened Wednesday.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.