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Blue Jays activate Jose Reyes, place Adam Lind on the disabled list

Apr 18, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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John Lott of the National Post reports that the Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the disabled list, put first baseman/DH Adam Lind on the DL, called up first baseman/DH Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo and demoted infielder Munenori Kawasaki down to Buffalo.

Reyes suffered a hamstring injury near the end of spring training, and took only one at-bat on Opening Day before departing with more hamstring issues. Lind exited Tuesday’s game with tightness in his back and was reevaluated on Friday, but the Blue Jays didn’t like what they saw.

Kawasaki only stepped to the plate nine times since his call-up early this week, posting a .556 OPS. Meanwhile, Francisco was raking with Buffalo, hitting .349 with two homers and 11 RBI in 49 trips to the plate. So the Jays upgrade at shortstop but lose their regular DH in the process, though if Francisco’s performance at Triple-A is any indication, he should be an adequate replacement for Lind.

  1. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Guilty as O. J.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    No surprise as Lind also had a back problem last season.

    It is good to have Reyes back. Kawasaki was OK in his brief stint; however, the Jays retained Goins and Diaz because, they are much better fielders.

    • Mark - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Goins has a 367 OPS. I’ll buy the argument that Goins’ fielding is better than Kawasaki’s, but it’s certainly not good enough to make up for the difference in offence between the two. It’s an awful decision to demote Kawasak in favour of Goins.

      • poesis9 - Apr 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Its still early. If we were 5 games back and struggling to win games, I’d agree. Besides, Reyes is back, that’s gotta help. BTW PC, Lind managed to stay off the DL last year. 2 years ago wasn’t so kind. Maybe he has stopped with the yoga this year.

      • Mark - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        I don’t think it’s ever to early to get rid of a guy who doesn’t belong in the majors.

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