Jays outright Lind to Vegas, promote RH reliever Robert Coello for Friday’s game. Coello is 3-1, 3.22 at LV.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) May 31, 2012
OK, so Adam Lind is off the clubs 40-man roster, for super cereal this time, as the club has turned the former cleanup hitter’s spot over to… 27-year-old right-hander Robert Coell-who?, formerly of the Red Sox and Cubs organizations– and who pitched in independent ball for the Calgary Vipers and Edmonton Cracker-Cats in 2007 and 2008, for those maple dicks of you out there.
Coell-who? will take the place on the active roster of Aaron Laffey, who was optioned to Vegas following last night’s game. So, yes, this is your mystery corresponding move, and it sure as fuck is a surprise.
First and foremost, I guess it means the Jays are going to continue to go with a short bench and a crazy large bullpen. Is this a sign that maybe they won’t be skipping Kyle Drabek’s start in order to have Ricky Romero, I have no idea. What it does seem to mean is that obviously they don’t feel Vladimir Guerrero is ready yet, and that they’d like an extra right-handed arm in the ‘pen to face Boston… for some reason.
I can’t say I fully understand having the massive bullpen on standby for a series bookended by off-days, with Villanueva, Cordero and Janssen being the only pitchers used on Wednesday, and for less than an inning each. Jesse Chavez hasn’t pitched since Sunday, for fuck sakes!
Maybe it’s a Boston thing, I don’t know. What I do know is that Coell-who? has only 5.2 innings in the Majors to his credit, all of them with these same Sox in 2010. During that brief stint he managed to walk five batters, striking out five, and showing– according to the Pitch F/X at FanGraphs– a cutter averaging 90.5 that he threw 60% of the time, a four seamer (89.3) thrown 25% of the time, while he flashed a changeup 8% of the time and what was picked up as a slider and curve each at 3%.
I suspect it’s totally just a temporary thing. What might not be a temporary thing is Adam Lind’s stint in Las Vegas, as he now appears to be behind Vlad Guerrero in the queue for a 40-man spot, and very possibly also behind Yan Gomes, Travis Snider (once healthy), and maybe even Eric Thames for promotion back to the big club. David Cooper isn’t flashy, but the Jays appear willing to take the singles he’s going to provide, as they wait and hope for Vladdy’s big bat to come in and give their offence a boost. They’ve just– probably sensibly– decided that now isn’t the time. And with a trip to Atlanta next weekend, and six games in DH-less Milwaukee and Miami mid-month, maybe we’re not going to see him quite as quickly as some had suspected.
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