Those of you who were sad to see Munenori Kawasaki go when the Jays dropped him to make for Jose Reyes to rejoin the club for Wednesday’s finale in Tampa have got your wish– albeit at the expense of Melky Cabrera’s bat and creaky legs.
The plucky Japaneeeeeeeeeeese crowd-pleaser has been recalled by the Jays, while the ailing left fielder has (presumably) been given the order to rest for at least a couple of weeks, so that we all can get a break from the searing hamstring pain we feel when watching him attempt to run the bases or play the outfield.
Don’t believe me? BOOM:
— Scott MacArthur (@TSNScottyMac) June 28, 2013
OK, so maybe it’s knee tendinitis, not the hamstring issues we’ve heard about. In fact, in the lead photo in John Lott’s game story at the National Post, you can see Melky resting his knee in the middle of the Red Sox’ big second inning (presumably during the pitching change).
And still! It’s been painful to watch Cabrera drag his body around the field of late, and with Jose Reyes back and the club currently keeping its head above water in the standings (barely), as crucial as this next stretch will be, it seems like a wise decision to (finally) let Melky’s body heal. Of course, the fact that Cabrera somehow looked worse than usual tonight may have forced the club’s hand. (Shi Davidi tweets that Melky, in fact, tweaked the knee during the Tampa series, for whatever that’s worth.)
The empty .274 average in June probably isn’t helping either– Melky has just a .311 on-base this month, and a .286 wOBA. Nor is the fact that, somewhat unbelievably, MacArthur tweets that Melky had played in every single game for the Jays thus far.
Could we see Kawasaki playing second base against right-handed pitching, with Emilio Bonifacio moving to left-field to supplant Rajai Davis? Yeah… probably, right? So… that ain’t so bad.
Melky, though, as you can see in this GIF from Dan Toman of Gamereax, was so bad.
So strap on your GIF-bags, Kawasaki is back for another round– and probably doing one of these on a flight to Boston at the moment:
Played well tonight for Buffalo, too:
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) June 28, 2013
Hooray for fun!
“Bow” image via that t-shirt that Scott Johnson wrote about earlier this week.