Lind back in lineup
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
CHICAGO - Adam Lind was back in the Blue Jays lineup at first base and batting fourth. He was in Toronto on the weekend to be present at the birth of his and wife Lakeyshia’s first child.
He rejoined the team Sunday night in Chicago and reported that mother and child are just fine.
Manager John Farrell missed Monday’s game to be in attendance at an operation performed on his youngest son, Luke. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu served as the manager in Farrell’s absence.
GOOD TO GO
After banging his knee on a gate in the outfield at Tropicana Field on Sunday, Jose Bautista was cleared to play Monday after some light running drills.
“It’s still a little sore and there’s some swelling but I went out early and ran around a little bit and I think it’s good enough to go,” said Bautista, who was in the lineup as the DH. “Hopefully by (Tuesday) the swelling will be down enough for me to play in the field.”
Colby Rasmus was back in centre field after experiencing flu-like symptoms on Sunday.
Wakamatsu is proud of the progress J.P. Arencibia has made during his first full season behind the plate in the major-leagues.
“It’s not all about numbers,” said Wakamatsu, who serves as the catching instructor. “The greatest thing is the experience he’s gained handling a pitching staff in this division against some very good lineups. He made some mistakes early, but he’s learned from those.
“I’ve been real impressed with his ability to control the tempo of the game and the comfort level he has with himself that he can do the job.
There have been some turning points through the season. One was where he threw three guys out in Tampa. You do those kinds of things and you validate that you can do the kinds of things we’ve been preaching to him. He also has a thirst for calling the game and he’s watched a lot of film to seek out tendencies.”
It also doesn’t hurt that Arencibia has stroked 23 homers and driven in 78 runs as a rookie.