We’ve found out the reciprocal move for last night’s summoning of Munenori Kawasaki, and it turns out that it was neither Brett Cecil nor Adam Lind, as both of them find themselves on the Jays’ lineup card tonight — though neither is starting — as you can see above.
Can you spot whose name is missing? Look harder!
[Hint: Look at the title of this post, maybe.] [Double hint: It's Steve Delabar.]
And here’s something weird: the move isn’t due to Delabar’s poor health — though you’d be forgiven for thinking that it might be, given that he hasn’t been quite himself this season (or in the second half of last season, or… well… let’s just say he was really good at the end of 2012 and the start of 2013) — it’s due to the fact that he has options left.
Nobody has hit the DL, in other words, but the Jays, didn’t want to begin a tough, important series in New York with a short bench while Adam Lind heals. At least, that’s what Delabar said, according to a tweet from John Lott, when he spoke with media before shuffling off to Buffalo. “The move was made because he had options,” Lott adds.
Clearly this is a disappointing move for Delabar — though Barry Davis tweets that he took the news like a pro — but it’s actually probably pretty good news for the Jays. No, bringing up Kawasaki isn’t a like-for-like swap, but it probably makes the best of the situation by moving Juan Francisco to DH, keeping him off third base, and allowing the beloved Muni to platoon with Steve Tolleson at second. It could have been Ryan Goins instead, I suppose, but I can understand bringing in a veteran who won’t miss the regular at-bats as much, I think. And sure, Francisco probably needs to play less right now, not more, but if Lind can’t go, save for scheming to bring up Dan Johnson (and then very possibly losing him on waivers when they need to send him down), there isn’t much better the Jays could have done here.
Delabar had found himself sliding down the bullpen depth chart, with Dustin McGowan having emerged as the club’s best high leverage non-Janssen option since he was removed from the rotation, and while you’re still probably a bit nervous about Sergio Santos, and not thrilled with the idea of Chad Jenkins (who also has options FYI) being the club’s next best right-handed option, it can’t hurt to give Delabar a chance to work on some things in a less intense environment. That’s not what this move is about, reportedly, but earlier this month Lott wrote a piece in the National Post that looked at the mechanical adjustments that Delabar admitted he’s been working for. That piece is referenced in another excellent slice of Delabaria, which came last week from Chris Toman at Gamereax, as he dove deeply into the peripherals, and spoke to the 2013 All-Star about his repertoire and about getting back on track.
The best news is, of course, that neither Lind nor Cecil will be headed to the DL. At least not for now.
Another move will have to come soon, though, with Colby Rasmus now having played five games for Buffalo on a rehab assignment after missing a month with a hamstring issue. He’s quite not hitting the way you’d want him to yet — just three singles and one walk in 19 plate appearances — so maybe they’ll prolong the assignment a little bit longer, but before long the roster cycle will start spinning again. Hold on tight! Especially since, according to one tweet from Shi Davidi, John Gibbons says that Brett Cecil could be available tonight “in a pinch,” but should be good for tomorrow, and in another tweet he says that the hope is for Lind to be ready in the next couple of days.
And if you’re Steve Delabar (or Munenori Kawasaki) maybe don’t pack too much.
Image via @lottonbaseball.