Brett Lawrie may finally be back in the Jays’ lineup tonight, but the club is obviously waiting on a pair of big bats to return in the forms of Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion. Today we learned at least one of them may be in the lineup by the weekend.
Adam Lind, according to John Gibbons (via a tweet from Mike Wilner), will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days, and Chris Toman follows that Gibbons said it’s possible that Lind can return to the club by the weekend. That would be about four weeks from when we heard back on July 11th that he’d be into games in two-or-three weeks, so… not bad, really. Not bad at all.
Better still? The possibility of the club playing most of the final two months of the season with the Majors’ second-best hitter against right-handed pitching (minimum 150 plate appearances).
But the news isn’t quite as good on Edwin Encarnacion. It has already been a month now since he left a game in Oakland with an injury to his right quadriceps muscle, and while he was initially hopeful that he’d only be out a couple of weeks, a setback he had a week ago that forced him to shut it down has blurred the timeline on his return. So much so that there currently is still no timetable.
However, it’s not all bad news: Encarnacion is swinging a bat again, and Shi Davidi tweets that he’s going to run in the next few days.
OK, maybe that’s doesn’t sound terribly great, but if you’ll remember back to last week, in pieces like John Lott’s for the National Post on the setback, we were told it occurred because of the torque placed on the injured muscle when swinging a bat. So the fact that he’s doing it again now, um… that’s something. Right?
Man, that parrot must be getting awful feisty at this point. Needs a walk real damn bad.