David Cooper’s latest injury could accelerate the return of first baseman Adam Lind.
Cooper was out of the Jays’ lineup due to upper back spasms Tuesday, Lind, who also has been dealing with a sore back, wasn’t expected to return until the beginning of September “after nine games and 20-to-25 at-bats.”
That was the plan Wednesday.
Then Cooper jarred his back returning to first after his drive off the right field wall. After his rehab debut Thursday with double-A New Hampshire Lind could now return Monday.
“There is a scenario, provided he gets through the next four days of DHing and play first four consecutive games, we could see him in New York,” Jays managers John Farrell said.
Cooper has been dealing with soreness in his back for a week is currently listed as day to day.
“He jarred himself, I don’t want to use the term whiplash, but there was a effect that he felt in the neck in addition to the area of spasms before,” Farrell said.
Omar Vizquel was thrown out attempting to steal second for the final out in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss. Tom Gage in the Detroit News: “Ever seen a game end with a 45-year-old trying to steal second? Maybe in a fantasy camp? Associated Press: “This is what the Toronto Blue Jays have apparently been reduced to: 45-year-old Omar Vizquel trying to steal second in the ninth of a one-run game.”
Starting help Brandon Morrow makes his first start since June 11 Saturday night in Baltimore. Henderson Alvarez, whose cousin died last week, will make his start Sunday in Baltimore. After that? Farrell said a six-man rotation for September has been discussed.
Colby Rasmus was hitless in his previous 26 at-bats, but Farrell said he did not think he was bothered by a previous groin injury.
“What I see is when he gets some fastballs around the plate, he’s fouling them off and missing them rather than squaring them up,” Farrell said. “Where he’s at in the box, we saw that about a month ago, we came out of New York, they elevated some fastballs in on him. That seemed to be a little bit of a word that spread throughout the league.”
Each year about this time there is speculation about September call-ups. Outside of Georgetown’s Shawn (8-1) Hill at triple-A Las Vegas.
“Because of all the injuries, all the guys you project to come up in September have been here since July,” manager Farrell said of the likes Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra and Adeiny Hechavarria.
“We’re finding a lot out now, getting more accurate reads on players than September.” Sierra is hitting .321 with two homers and five RBIs, Gose, who is batting .182 with a pair of RBIs, with 10 steals and Hechavarria is batting .171.
“Anything prior to September, when you’re an active player, you can’t hide in terms of being protected or situations being hand picked because you have a great number of players on the roster,” said Farrell.
“This is a more accurate read of a player’s development and his ability to play day in and day out in the majors.”