Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 2 Months

Francisco is out of the lineup Friday against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Francisco's playing time has completely dried up -- he has made just two starts since Aug. 19 -- with manager John Gibbons having handed the reins at third base over to Danny Valencia. The 27-year-old Francisco has clubbed 16 homers this year but is batting just .223 with a .295 OBP, so it's no guarantee he'll receive a major league contract in the offseason.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 2 Months

Francisco was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and one RBI in the Jays' loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.

He drove in Toronto's only run with a seventh inning sacrifice fly and added two hits in the game, but playing time has become more and more erratic as he continues to struggle at the plate. He will continue to be a power threat when in the lineup, but his exceptionally high strikeout rate will also continue to erode his batting average (.223) and likely cost him at bats.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 2 Months

Francisco is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays.

Saturday's absence will mark Francisco's third in a row, with two of coming against opposing right-handed pitchers. There has been no word of an injury, so it seems manager John Gibbons has just opted for an extended mental break for Francisco, who is 3-for-39 (.077 average) so far in August.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 2 Months

Francisco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.

Francisco will sit for the second time in three games for the Blue Jays in favor of Danny Valencia. He has just one hit in his last 21 at-bats, and his average has now dropped to .229 on the season, leaving his roster spot questionable with the impending returns of Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 3 Months

Francisco is not in Friday's lineup, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.

Danny Valencia will man first base against the Tigers, as Francisco sits for the fourth time in the last seven games. He started out hot for Toronto, but his batting average is now .233 -- less than half his slugging percentage (.494). Francisco is an all-or-nothing player who absolutely cannot hit lefties (.108 average on the season).

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 3 Months

Juan Francisco is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Yankees.

It's merely a routine day of rest for Francisco against southpaw Chris Capuano. Shawn Tolleson will get the start at third base while Dan Johnson functions as the Jays designated hitter.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 3 Months

Juan Francisco missed a cycle by a double and drove in four runs Thursday in the win over the Red Sox.

Francisco's second-inning triple should have been caught -- it deflected off Jackie Bradley Jr.'s glove -- but it was a well-hit ball. The homer was his 15th in 215 at-bats this season. He's always going to strike out too much to hit for average, but he's been quite a contributor this season.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 4 Months

Juan Francisco clubbed a two-run homer in a win over the Orioles on Friday night.

It was his 11th home run of the season. Francisco has predictably come back down to Earth since his hot start, but he remains a useful power option in fantasy leagues against right-handed pitching.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 5 Months

Juan Francisco clubbed a two-run homer in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

Francisco has predictably dropped off from a batting average perspective over the past couple of weeks, but the power has remained a constant. The 26-year-old has hit 10 home runs in just 123 at-bats and owns a .593 slugging percentage and a .943 OPS. He's a must-start when a right-hander is on the hill.

Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. TOR 5 Months

Juan Francisco had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI against the Royals on Saturday.

Francisco had lost some playing time of late and entered today's game in a 1-for-16 slump since May 19. But that is Juan Francisco. The power will stick around, but between his streakiness and his defensive limitations, he's not always an easy guy to fit on a major league roster. He's probably not going to be worth playing in mixed leagues again until someone ahead of him gets hurt.