The Toronto Blue Jays received a timely offensive boost on Tuesday.
Adam Lind was activated from the disabled list a day after the team lost 11-1 to Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. The return could not have come at a better time as the Jays are battling the Mariners for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the American League.
Lind has been out of action since July 7th after an MRI showed a broken bone in his foot. The injury actually occurred on June 14th, but original tests did not show a fracture.
Lind’s rehab assignment consisted of only two plate appearances, but he recorded hits in both of them. That game with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays was on August 7th. Lind was held out of the lineup the next day due to back soreness, but he is now ready to return to the big club.
For the season, Lind is batting .320 with an on-base percentage of .389. The first baseman and designated hitter destroys right-handed pitchers, with his OPS sitting at 1.004 against them. He has also delivered some clutch hits for the Jays, batting .383 for the season with runners in scoring position.
To make room on the roster, reliever Brad Mills was designated for assignment.
Mills was roughed up Monday night in Seattle, allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. After just two games with the Jays, he holds a 27.00 ERA. Based on his performance as well as John Gibbons‘ comments following the game, it is highly doubtful we will see him pitch in a Jays uniform again this year.
“Bringing in Brad Mills to finish out the game, that didn’t go so well,” said Gibbons.
(Editor’s Note: You can find the full details on Lind’s return and Encarnacion’s current status here from the Jays’ site.)