Adam Lind’s back. Had he gone anywhere? No, but seriously.
Adam Lind remains day-to-day with back pain that is described in various places as being comparable to what put Lind on the disabled list in 2011 and 2012. Unlike 2011 and 2012, the Jays don’t have David “why didn’t he just tag him” Cooper in the system to fill in relatively efficiently (career .325 wOBA with the Jays, though admittedly over 2 seasons and just 225 PA).
The problem with Lind is that while he’s easy to replace when the opposition has a lefthander on the mound – Moises Sierra, while not great, is better than Lind vs LHP – he’s kind of an all-world guy against RHP. If you don’t believe me, ask Fangraphs: That’s right: Adam Lind has the 29th-best wOBA against RH pitching since 2010. Not 29th best in the
; 29th best in MLB. That
kind of production isn’t easy to find, unless you’re going to up and sign
Kendrys Morales – which, like a Stephen Drew signing to replace Izturis, is not
going to happen. AL
What will likely happen is that we’ll see Dan Johnson or Juan Francisco, if Lind winds up on the DL. Johnson was a nice story in spring training, but his best days are likely behind him – he’s 34, and has fewer than 100 PA at the major league level since 2008. He hits lefthanded, but doesn’t have much of a platoon split for his career. Francisco is another lefty bat, but he’s logged a significant amount of MLB time in recent years, with a career wOBA of .317 (.334 vs RHP, .199 vs LHP), and he’s ‘just’ 26. He’s a mini-Lind in the sense that you have to keep him away from LHP to get any value from him, but in the short term, that fits with what the Jays are doing anyway.
And while Francisco’s defense doesn’t seem to be anything to write home about, he might know how to tag a runner.
Thanks to DJF for creating the .gif I stole there.