Finally, some good news!
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, Toronto Blue Jays 1B/DH Adam Lind received a second opinion on his right foot fracture and could return to the team in just 2-3 weeks. The news comes as a fortunate break for the Blue Jays as it was originally anticipated Lind would be forced to miss 6-8 weeks.
It’s a bit unclear whether the original timeline given by the Blue Jays was based on the date of Lind’s original injury (June 14) or from the time of diagnosis (July 9). Regardless, we now know the Blue Jays expect Lind to be back in the lineup by August 1 or so with a full two months left in the season.
Jeff Blair of The Fan 590 said on Thursday’s edition of Baseball Central that the “Adam Lind’s got some bridge-building to do with this organization” after Lind told the media his mom recommended a MRI, which discovered the fracture. Blair stated that people within the organization told him MRIs aren’t typically done for bone injuries, which was again stressed by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet with both adding X-Rays and CT Scans came back negative.
I’m trying to bite my tongue when it comes to Davidi’s piece. I’ll admit Lind didn’t handle the situation very well when he decided to share with the media it was his mom who recommended the MRI that found the injury and not the team’s training staff. He could have also mentioned that X-Rays and CT Scans came back negative or that he told the team he was feeling good enough to play, which was insinuated by Blair on Baseball Central.
That being said, the optics are what they are. And right now, the optics around this situation aren’t good. But at least it appears Lind will return to the Blue Jays with a good chunk of the season left.
As Kyle Franzoni detailed for us earlier, Lind is headed to the 15-day DL while Dan Johnson has been called up from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.