Jul 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind heads for first after hitting a single in the Jays 7-4 win over Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Lind could be out 6-8 weeks with fractured foot after mom recommends MRI

According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind has been diagnosed with a fractured right foot and could miss the next 6-8 weeks.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet adds that Lind is will seek a second, and hopefully more optimistic, opinion. Regardless, it’s not good news for the Blue Jays.

But wait, there’s more. Lind first hurt his foot after fouling off a ball on June 14th and was seen in a walking boot for at least a day or two after the injury. However he didn’t have an MRI done until recently and according to Chisholm it was only at his mother’s recommendation.

The original diagnosis for Lind was a deep bone bruise. Why Lind didn’t have an MRI done earlier is beyond me. It’s possible the fracture worsened by playing on it but maybe the Jays should consider recruiting Mrs. Lind to join the team’s training staff.

It’s also possible the Blue Jays just didn’t want to know, which is as much as an indictment as not knowing, if that ends up being the case. Either way, other than the amusing jokes that will undoubtedly come out of this situation, it’s not a good one for the Blue Jays who have been trying to survive with both Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie already on the DL.

Prior to the injury, Lind was having arguably the best season of his career with a .383 wOBA and 143 wRC+.

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  • RyanMueller

    I know that Lind can’t hit LHP but he has been an integral part of this offence in 2014. I see the season slowly starting to swril the bottom of the toliet without Lind, EE, and Lawrie. This is too many holes to fill for too long. EE will be gone longer than 15 days and if he is gone only 15 days than he will less than 100% and will be a shell of his former self….legs are sooo important to hitting. I am packing it in…better luck next year boys.

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com/ Keegan Matheson

      Does seem to be a hole at each end of the boat, and only one bucket to bail it out. Hopefully Dan Johnson will get a spin and not be too much of a drop off, but damn, not the time for a Lindjury.

    • Andrew van Laar

      I agree Ryan. After hearing about Lind, I am completely against the Jays trading away any top prospect to shore up the team for this year. I think there is too much to over come right now. No DH against LP, no 1B who can really hold up the offense, a SS who looks disinterested / could be injured its just one thing after another.

      I also am SERIOUSLY questioning the ability of the Jays medical staff in its entirety. I have no idea how the medical staff runs or what the hierarchy is, but not getting an MRI done on a foot injury is ludicrous. There are so many tiny bones in the foot that could have damage done and they didn’t think of getting an MRI. This team continues to toy with my emotions and make idiotic decision after idiotic decision.

  • bob l.

    one good thing about the injury bug hitting now is that aa probably won’t trade away the jays youngs pitchers for a rental. go jays!

  • JaysHopeful

    I’m sorry Lind got hurt, and smart move by his Mom. But I think it should be recognized that despite his slash line Lind only had 4 home runs and 27 rbi. How key Lind was to the success of the team remains to be seen. Even if he was there to support the lineup, he’s very expensive. I mean, Billy Butler has 34 rbi and he is having an abysmal year, for 8mil. Even Matt Joyce can play multiple positions, has 37 rbi, and costs 3.7mil as a lefty platoon.

    He has been injured twice this season and now cannot even be traded. We’re paying 7mil for a guy who is a LH DH? You could get 3-4 good utility players for that. The slash line is attractive and might entice someone in free agency, but us picking up his option for next year at 7.5mil, especially when cash for the Jays is tight, would be ridiculous. Sorry Lindy, you’re too expensive for what you are.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      One day @JaysHopeful:disqus we’ll have a conversation about sabermetrics and how wRC+ combines all of a player’s offensive numbers to quantify value in terms of runs. And Adam Lind is about 40% better than your average big leaguer! Sure he’s been hidden against lefties but he more than makes up for it by being nearly elite against RHP, which at $7.5MM it’s more than fair value.

      • JaysHopeful

        I really do not doubt Lind’s potential value. And as skeptical as I am about some of the controlled variables, results based on player pairings, and subjective interpretative components of sabermetric analysis, I am not a baseball philistine. If Lind has this value, wonderful; and if he’s a bargain then let’s get something for him to fill the holes on this team.

        The usefulness of a platoon DH is suspect, especially on a team with an aging core who need time off at DH. We lack middle IFs – starting and reserve – a 1B who receivers well, and pitching – both starting and relief. I’m not saying that Lind is useless, I’m only saying that for a team that worries about money and lacks depth, Lind is inessential. He’s not good defensively at 1B, can’t play OF anymore, and is often injured. When you crunch the numbers 7mil is not much to pay, sure, but for this team, maybe it is.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          The beautiful thing about wOBA is that it only accounts for an individual’s performance and isn’t affected by whether or not the player had the opportunity to drive in a run with a man on base, which isn’t in their control. It uses weighted average (which change each year) so for example: wOBA = (0.691×uBB + 0.722×HBP + 0.884×1B + 1.257×2B + 1.593×3B + 2.058×HR) / (AB + BB – IBB + SF + HBP)

          This can then be converted into parked and league “runs created” and furthermore converted to runs created above or below league average. Pretty cool! it’s been found to hold higher predictive value than RBIs or even batting average.

          You make a good point about money and depth and as I don’t think the Jays necessarily believe players are worth as much as the market does. I just can’t imagine this team without Adam Lind against right-handed pitching. I guess we’ll find out what it looks like the next couple of weeks…

          • JaysHopeful

            I want to start off by saying thank you and that I really appreciate you taking the time to discuss this stuff. And I really appreciate this venue for the opportunities it provides. I’m sorry I’m always “that guy” who’s talking about Lind being one-dimensional, minor leaguers not getting enough time to develop, and the need for a long-term SS. I hope I do represent at least a minority of fans who share similar views.

            In terms of wOBA, it sounds like a cool and a helpful tool for determining a player’s individual value. But does it take into account specific contexts or situations that dictate what is the appropriate (or possible) course of action? It seems a little too individualistic for a team sport, and seems to operate in the realm of the potential. What the score is, in what inning, with certain runners on certain bases, who’s on the hill, who’s batting behind you, how many outs, etc; these things tend to change the dynamics of what a pitcher is going to throw and dictate what a batter ought to do.

            I mean if you’re pitching in a blowout and groove a fastball to keep the game moving, and Lind parks it, that looks pretty good, but it didn’t really help win, you know? Same thing, you’re going to pitch Lind differently with Reyes on 2nd than with Juan Francisco on 2nd. A single might bring in Reyes, but might not get Francisco home. In one context a hit provides a run, but in the other a single’s not enough; Lind needed to do more to get the run in. So, Lind gets a single and gets a decisive run in one context and doesn’t in the second, despite having the same wOBA (and even BA w/ RISP). And maybe the pitcher was indifferent to giving up a single to Lind in order to pitch to who’s behind him, knowing Francisco wouldn’t score from 2nd. Is wOBA able to compensate for who’s on first, who’s behind you in the order, who’s on the mound, and what the score is? Trying to quantify context seems very difficult.

            I admit I’m being hard on Lind for his lack of RBIs. He is batting to empty bases 1/2 the time (according to ESPN), and hitting .383 with RISP, (which is excellent). And you know, that must be rough on your production, especially if you’re not getting pitched to because you have little support behind you. If Lind was a Yankee or an Angel, I’d probably love him. But he’s not, so I don’t see the SAME value in him.