BOSTON - Adam Loewen got his second start in centre field, rewarded for an outstanding catch he made during Tuesday night’s game when he snatched a home run away from Carl Crawford.
“He’s covered the ground effortlessly,” manager John Farrell said. “This isn’t an easy place to play the outfield, regardless of if it’s right, centre or left. He made a play going into that triangle, taking a home run away out of the bullpen that was a helluva play.
“He’s made marked improvement defensively. from what we saw in spring training when he played right field in B games and a couple of A games, to the way he’s covering ground now in his routes, he’s made big strides.”
Colby Rasmus is making slow progress coming back from a wrist injury, going 1-for-12 for New Hampshire on his rehab
“There’s a possibility (Rasmus) may stay with New Hampshire throughout their playoffs, whatever date that concludes on. Most importantly, we’re getting him four or five at-bats every night.”
Loewen and Brett Lawrie may have combined to commit a dubious first: Back-to-back errors by Canadians on consecutive plays in the second inning.
While Farrell doesn’t think there are lingering health problems that have contributed to Adam Lind’s .190 batting average, his .223 on-base percentage and his .340 slugging percentage since the all-star break, he isn’t so certain there’s not a fatigue issue.
“(Lind) does talk about his first full season playing first base and the physical demands that has put on him,” Farrell said. “He’s dealt with a different feeling overall physically. That’s why we’ve tried to space out some rest here in September to allow him to regroup a little bit and be as fresh as possible when he’s in the lineup.
“Compared with DH or left field, there’s a mental and physical side to the position that he hasn’t been accustomed to since college.”
HECH OF AN IDEA
If Yunel Escobar’s elbow contusion doesn’t get better shortly, the Jays might have the option of bringing Adeiny Hechavarria aboard for their final road trip to Tampa and Chicago.
Like Escobar, Hechavarria defected from Cuba. He is unable to leave the United States for the next month without jeopardizing his application for citizenship. That rules him out for games in Toronto, but not in the U.S.
“It’s a possibility,” Farrell said. “We haven’t spoken specifically about that but hopefully by that time, Yunel will be back.”
BLUE JAY KILLER
Former Blue Jays shortstop Marco Scutaro has absolutely worn out his old team this season. Scutaro, who signed a three-year deal with the Red Sox two years ago, has rattled the Blue Jay cage to the tune of a .535 batting average (23-for-43) and a .608 on-base percentage. He has scored nine runs and driven in 16, with an OPS of 1.300.