TORONTO -- What a difference a year can make.
After a 2009 season in which he hit only 15 home runs with 66 RBIs, Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells was not only named to this year's American League All-Star team, but he will now also represent the AL in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
Wells, who entered Tuesday with 19 homers, will compete against the likes of: the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (20 homers), the Yankees' Robinson Cano (16), David Ortiz of the Red Sox (17), the Brewers' Corey Hart (19), the Cardinals' Matt Holliday (11) and two National League sluggers to be named.
This will mark Wells' third All-Star Game but first Home Run Derby -- scheduled for July 12 in Anaheim. The last Blue Jays player to partake in the event was Alex Rios in 2007 in San Francisco, where he finished second to Vladimir Guerrero.
Marcum's elbow has no structural damage
TORONTO -- Blue Jays fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief -- starting pitcher Shaun Marcum's MRI on Monday showed no structural damage to his surgically repaired right elbow.
Marcum, who underwent Tommy John Surgery at the end of the 2008 season, began feeling soreness in his elbow following his start against the Giants on June 20. The right-hander made two more starts -- in Philadelphia and Cleveland -- before being placed on the 15-day disabled list July 2.
While Marcum said he experienced the same type of elbow inflammation rehabbing in 2009, he was still relieved to see no serious physical damage.
"The ligaments looked great," Marcum said. "Some inflammation in my forearm and tricep tendinitis. Other than that, my main focus was the elbow, and everything is good there."
Marcum added that he noticed that the soreness became more bothersome between starts as opposed to throughout his outings -- making the move to place him on the DL more precautionary than anything.
The five-year veteran expects to return shortly after the All-Star break. He was 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA prior to the setback.
Ailing Wells, Hill get another day of rest
TORONTO -- Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells and second baseman Aaron Hill, still recovering from flu-like symptoms that caused them to miss Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, were not in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Twins.
"They are still sick," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "Just weak. They both had to have IVs and all that kind of stuff. We're thinking it's food [poisoning], but we're not sure."
Gaston considered it unlikely that either player would see action on Tuesday. Both will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
DeWayne Wise started in center field, batting second, and Nick Green was at second base, batting ninth.
Marcum hopes to stay put with Blue Jays
TORONTO -- With the Blue Jays hovering around the .500 mark with less than a month until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, rumors are beginning to gain momentum.
While it remains to be seen if the Jays will be buyers or sellers, one name in particular appears to be popping up in media discussions -- starting pitcher Shaun Marcum.
Although the Jays have given no indication that they are intending to shop Marcum, the right-hander said he is not affected by anything heard through the grapevine.
"First time I've heard of it," said Marcum, later adding that he had heard guys joking around about it.
"If I do get traded, hopefully it's someone that's obviously going to be in the playoffs. You don't want to go to somebody that's not. Especially as a pitcher, you never know how long you're going to play -- you could be one pitch away from a career-ender."
c Marcum, currently on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, said if he had it his way, he'd prefer to remain in Toronto.
"I got drafted by these guys. I want to be loyal to them if they want to be loyal to me as well," Marcum said. "It's some place I would like to win a championship. ... I've made a lot of good friends here, came up with a lot of guys through the Minor Leagues.
"This is definitely my second home, but if something were to happen and I were to get traded, it's part of the game and you have to move on and try to do what you can with that organization."
Snider moved to get more playing time
TORONTO -- Prior to Tuesday's contest against the Twins, the Blue Jays promoted Travis Snider to Double-A New Hampshire. The 22-year old outfielder has been on the 15-day disabled list May 15 with a sprained right wrist.
Although Snider played only one game with Class A Dunedin, Jays manager Cito Gaston said the move to accelerate Snider's timetable was only in part due to extenuating circumstances.
"That wasn't the schedule we had for him," Gaston said. "It's just that it's nice and green down in Florida right now from all the rain. A lot of rainouts, so he wasn't getting the chance to play a lot. We thought we'd move him up and maybe give him a little bit more opportunity to play.
"[Missing more games] is going to send him back further. That's the reason we moved him up. He wasn't supposed to go up there for another week or so."
Gaston said the Jays haven't set a date for Snider's return to the Majors, citing the need for more rehab playing time.
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.