KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was not with the club for Thursday night's game against Kansas City. He was in San Antonio to be with his father, who is seriously ill.
Gibbons is expected to miss the first two games against the Royals and rejoin the club on Saturday for the third game of a four-game series.
In Gibbons' absence, bench coach Ernie Whitt will act as manager.
Gibbons, who has been selected to the American League coaching staff at the All-Star Game, said he would be in Pittsburgh for Tuesday's game.