Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter and 1st baseman, Adam Lind had to leave the game on April 15th against the Minnesota Twins after he felt something wrong with his back. Lind, who has a history with back injuries then missed the Blue Jays’ following 3 games and was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Friday night’s win over the Cleveland Indians.
Prior to tonight’s game it was reported that Lind would play catch and the Jays would decide from there if Lind needed to be placed on the DL. Lind is currently batting .324/.465/.500 with 1 home run and 6 RBI in 13 games.
In Lind’s place will be the Blue Jays most recent signee, 1B/3B Juan Francisco, who gets the call up and was taken out of his game with the Buffalo Bisons in the 4th inning tonight. Francisco a pure power hitter in every sense of the word, spent 2013 splitting time with the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, hitting 18 home runs in 124 games with .227/.296/.422 slash line.
Francisco signed with the Blue Jays earlier this month, and has played 11 games in AAA Buffalo with the Bisons, batting .349/.429/.581 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI.
To make room for Juan Francisco on the 40-man roster, Blue Jays placed injured Maicer Izturis on the 60-day DL.
Some good news, to come the Blue Jays way, as shortstop Jose Reyes was activated off the 15-day DL and will return to the Blue Jays in time for Saturday afternoon’s game against Cleveland.
Jose Reyes was removed from the very first game of the 2014 season, after his first at-bat and placed on the DL with an hamstring injury that he suffered during spring training. Jose Reyes felt comfortable running the bases a week ago, and after playing a rehab game in Dundein and 3 in AAA Buffalo, Reyes is ready to return to the big club.
Going the other way will be fan favourite, Munenori Kawasaki, who’s first stint of the season with the Blue Jays will be short lived–sent back down to AAA Buffalo Bisons. Kawasaki was called up after Izturis suffered his torn LCL, he appeared in just 3 games for the Blue Jays, batting 3 for 12.