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almost 2 years ago Update 0 comments
You'll recall that, towards the beginning of May, Blue Jays slugger Adam Lind was riding a hell of a hot streak when he developed discomfort in his back. The team tried to take things day by day until it ultimately realized that Lind would need some time on the disabled list to heal up.
But as of Saturday, Lind is back, nearly a month after he last played a Major League game. He went 6-for-10 over a very brief minor league rehab stint, and returns to an .858 OPS that still ranks second-best on the team, between Jose Bautista and Yunel Escobar.
Lind will see his time split between first base and DH. To make room for him on the roster, the Jays optioned Eric Thames back to AAA. Thames hit .286 in his first cup of coffee and held his own, but he was never going to get an extended opportunity with Lind dealing with only a minor injury. Thames' time will have to come later.
about 2 years ago Update 0 comments
In a game against the Tigers on May 7, Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind developed some discomfort in his back. It was initially considered a day-to-day concern, but Lind hasn't been able to get himself into the lineup since, and so on Monday night the Blue Jays finally placed him on the disabled list. The assignment is retroactive to May 8, so Lind will be eligible to return next week.
The injury came at a bad time for Lind, who was just heating up. Lind was sitting on a .599 OPS on April 24, but he went 21-for-46 in his next 12 games with six home runs, raising his OPS to .858. He was the guy protecting Jose Bautista in the Toronto lineup, and had been doing a great job of it before tweaking his back.
Edwin Encarnacion and rookie David Cooper have split time at first base during Lind's absence, and will continue to do so until Lind returns. Lind's 25-man roster spot, meanwhile, has been taken by 24-year-old outfielder Eric Thames, who's making his first trip to the Major Leagues. He has a 1.029 OPS in the early going with AAA Las Vegas.