Blue Jays: What to do with Ryan Goins

May 10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (center) is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Jays an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (center) is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Jays an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 27, 2017; St. Louis , MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (17) dives but is unable to field a ground ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2017; St. Louis , MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Ryan Goins (17) dives but is unable to field a ground ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

Ease Tulowitzki back into the lineup at designated hitter. 

We don’t know for sure how long Kendrys Morales is going to be out, but chances are he’ll spend the minimum on the disabled list if history repeats itself this year. With that, the Blue Jays need to fill the DH role, something that Jose Bautista occupied on Wednesday night.

One option to keep Goins in the lineup and take advantage of his defensive abilities is to place Tulo at DH until Morales returns, riding the hot hand at shortstop and easing the 5 time All-Star back into the lineup from his hamstring issues. It should be beneficial for both parties, even if it’s a short term solution.

As the season continues, Tulowitzki’s bat is important to keep around, so it might make sense to start Goins at short on a semi-regular basis, at least a little more than they have in the past. Again, Tulo could slot into DH, especially with Morales having shown himself to be somewhat capable at first base, at least for the odd game here and there.

Goins’ glove has always played at the major league level but it’s been his bat that’s been a detriment. With the way he’s been swinging the stick with regular playing time, it would be a shame in some ways to relegate him back to a seldom used role player. Which brings us to option two…

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