Many of us went into straight panic mode this morning when we noticed that Lind was held out of the line-up for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, one day after going 2 for 2 in his first rehab appearance. It went into a fervor when it was revealed that a tight back was what was holding Lind out of the line-up, as noted by TSN’s Scott MacArthur.
One can’t fault the fans for thinking the worst. Lind has a history of back issues, including spending 3 weeks on the disabled list earlier this season with a lower back injury, and with Brett Lawrie hitting the DL just a day after coming back from it with what was first diagnosed as a back problem, one tends to be skeptical. However, the good news is that the Blue Jays feel this is just mild soreness after playing his first game since July 8th, and they still expect him to return to the line-up next week, and perhaps as early as Monday against Seattle. As a hitter slashing .320/.389/.489 in 2014, the Blue Jays’ recently stagnant offense is eager to have him back in the line-up. As for Melky Cabrera, the Blue Jays had to endure a scary incident last night, where Miguel Gonzalez decided to yank a fastball right off of Cabrera’s elbow. He would finish out the inning, but ultimately came out of the game with a welt larger than the ball that struck him. The loss of their hottest hitter (slashing .369/.436/.571 over his last 4 weeks) was felt for the remainder of the evening, as the Jays had trouble getting anything going offensively and fell 2-1 to Baltimore. However, like Lind, we have good news on that front. Despite what looked to be a scary situation, the left fielder appears to have come away from it unscathed, as he is back in the line-up tonight according to the lovely image provided by Brendan Kennedy of The Star.
That will certainly be welcome heading into another tough series featuring the talented rotation of the Detroit Tigers. Toronto is having enough trouble scoring runs of late without having to be handcuffed with yet another key cog lost.