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Adam Lind returns to Blue Jays after crushing Triple-A

Jun 25, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Banished to the minors last month in part because he wasn’t hitting and in part because he wasn’t in shape physically, Adam Lind is back with the Blue Jays after batting .392 with eight homers and a 1.112 OPS in 32 games at Triple-A.

Those numbers are inflated by Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League being an extreme hitter-friendly environment, but Lind certainly did more than enough to get another opportunity after the 28-year-old and his contract passed through waivers unclaimed.

He signed a long-term extension following a breakout 2009 season, but has hit just .238 with a .709 OPS in 309 games since and is owed another $8.5 million.

He’ll resume starting at first base, with Edwin Encarnacion shifting back to designated hitter now that interleague play is over.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    He earned the return trip back to Toronto.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Shame. Hopefully he plays well enough to get himself included in a trade for some much-needed pitching.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      The Cubs are sellers, but do not need a first baseman.

    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Considering how bad he has been since 2009, it’ll be hard for him to have any value whatsoever in trade no matter how well he plays over the next couple of months.

      Teams don’t just ignore two years of suck during what should have been peak performance years.

  3. myedayok - Jun 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Can’t believe he changed his attitude and heart while down there. Never seen a guy so non-emotional at the plate as him. Always looked like he was just making an appearance with nothing specific in mind..

  4. mydadyourmom - Jun 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Come on Lind. Make us believe!

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