Despite myriad issues that we’ve discussed in these pages ad nauseam, David Cooper is getting another shot with the Toronto Blue Jays– because… why not, at this point? He’s been called up, along with reliever Ryota Igarashi, to take the place of Ben Francisco, who has been placed on the DL with a hamstring issue, and Evan Crawford, who finds himself back down in Triple-A. Dustin McGowan has been moved to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man for Igarashi– so, yes, Adam Lind remains on the 40-man.
The news comes by way of tweets from Wilner and others.
I’m sure the news of the PCL batting champ riding in on a white horse to save the Jays’ first base position is an exciting proposition for a lot of people who don’t quite fully believe in just how much the PCL can inflate a player’s numbers, but for those of us who read Bradley Ankrom’s Wednesday installment of the excellent Greeting From Dunedin series he’s been doing for us, and saw that Cooper’s line outside of Cashman Field is a rather fucking disgusting .177/.271/.210, um… meh.
Had he been healthy, this might have been Travis Snider’s moment to finally come up for good, but since he’s not, I guess we’re just seeing the actual evidence that the Jays believe that right now they’re better off with, essentially, a Yan Gomes/David Cooper platoon than they are with Adam Lind. It’s kind of amazing that they can be of this mind now, already, after spending an entire off-season doing shit-all to upgrade the position, but… it is what it is, I guess.
Speaking of Lind, he remains on the club’s 40-man roster, despite reports this week that he was about to be removed from it, and others that he was not. On that subject, Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, tells me he stands behind the premise and the point of his confusion-starting article, “which is that a source told me there is no evidence or record that Lind was ever put through waivers.” Fair enough.
Wilner suggests that the move will allow Edwin Encarnacion to head back to DH, after having some troubles with his back since the Oakland series two weeks ago, and that seems about right. Crawford had been struggling, and as the third lefty on the depth chart was expendable– especially going into a series with the right-heavy-ish Rangers. Igarashi has some nice numbers for the PCL, as well as in the International League last year as a member of the Mets organization, so I guess I can see him getting a chance, despite some horrific looking numbers in his two MLB stints with the Mets in 2010 and 11.
I’d mention Dustin McGowan, but apparently Parkes has already taken a nice long troll over that subject.