Jon Morosi is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays, have finally come to the realization that the team is better off putting Adam Lind on the Disabled List, retroactive to May 8th, so that the team can get a look at Eric Thames, presumably in left field.
In his first year at Triple A, at the age of 24, Thames has put up a very impressive .343 AVG, .417 OBP, .608 SLG line with a .430 wOBA and six home runs in 163 plate appearances. Hopefully, Thames, a seventh round pick in the 2008 draft (falling down the list due to a serious thigh injury just weeks before the draft), gets multiple opportunities to play and is used as more than a mere left handed bat off the bench. I can’t think of a single reason he shouldn’t get at bats before Juan Rivera.
Update: According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Thames will play left field and designated hitter.
In order to make room for Thames, Robert Ray, not Scott Richmond, has been designated for assigment. He must now clear waivers in order to remain on the team.
Lind has been practicing with the team and trying out his back with running and fielding drills but his return has just been pushed back to the point where it’s probably best that he rest the extra few days even if he is physically capable of playing.