May 17, 2012
Slumping Lind demoted to Vegas
By Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays' patience for Adam Lind to snap out of his hitting slump finally ran out Thursday as the 28-year-old first baseman was optioned to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.
His roster spot with Toronto will be filled by Yan Gomes, who would become the first Brazilian-born player to appear in a major-league game.
Lind, 28, is batting .186 (22-118) this season with six doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in 34 games. The 6-2, 212-pound left-handed hitter has 14 walks, 24 strikeouts and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .586.
Gomes, 24, has appeared in 33 games this season for triple-A Las Vegas, batting .359 (47-131) with 12 doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-handed batter attended high school in Miami before going to the University of Tennessee and Barry University. This season, the Blue Jays' 10th-round selection in the 2009 first-year player draft has played nine games at first base, 10 games at third base and 12 at catcher.
Lind's career peaked at the age of 25 in 2009 when he batted .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI and an OPS of .932. In the intervening two-plus seasons he has not approached those numbers. He is guaranteed $5 million this year and another $5 million in 2013 plus a $2 million buyout on his club option ($7 million) for 2014.