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MacArthur: Lind's mother knows best, Jays' DH out 6-8 weeks

Scott MacArthur
7/9/2014 9:25:36 PM
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ANAHEIM – Adam Lind will be lost to the Blue Jays for most of the second half of the season with a fracture in his right foot.

Not only does the injury do further damage to the club's hopes of a first playoff appearance in more than 20 years, it damages the franchise's reputation because of how the injury was diagnosed.

Lind volunteered the information after Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Angels.

"My mom wanted me to get an MRI, which we hadn't had yet because it wasn't getting any better," said Lind. "I asked for an MRI and it showed it."

The fracture is the result of the ball Lind fouled off his foot on June 14 in Baltimore. At the time, he underwent a CT scan, which revealed a deep bruise. Lind said he was told he could not make the injury worse by playing. He pinch hit in games in New York (June 19) and Cincinnati (June 20, 21) before returning to the starting lineup as the designated hitter on June 23.

At the time, he acknowledged his return to the starting lineup was expedited in the wake of injuries to Brett Lawrie (fractured right index finger) and Jose Bautista (hamstring). Since that time, Edwin Encarnacion has landed on the disabled list with a Grade-2 strain of his right quadriceps.

It's not clear whether the initial CT scan missed the diagnosis or whether Lind was given bad information regarding the consequences of playing with the injury.

The bottom line is Lind's gone, taking his .320/.389/.489 (.369/.434/.570 versus right-handed pitchers) slash line with him.

"It's not good," he said, in what qualifies as the understatement of the year.

The Blue Jays, 1-6 through the Oakland and Anaheim portions of their 10-game, pre-All-Star Break road trip, have a day off on Thursday before settling in to Tampa Bay for three games with the Rays.

A roster move will have to be made with Dan Johnson making the most sense. Johnson, 34, is a left-handed hitter who's best served as a designated hitter. He can occasionally play first base. He is a poor man's Lind, racking up more than three years of major league service time spread over eight seasons with four organizations.

In 92 games with Triple-A Buffalo this year, Johnson is hitting .251/.405/.479 with 17 home runs and 19 doubles.

He is best remembered for a home run he hit off Yankees' reliever Cory Wade on the final day of the 2011 regular season. Johnson's Tampa Bay Rays overcame a 7-0 deficit as the Boston Red Sox, up in Baltimore, completed their fried chicken and beer-induced implosion that cost manager Terry Francona his job. The Rays would beat the Yankees in 12 innings on an Evan Longoria home run and enter the playoffs in improbable fashion.

Without Lind, Encarnacion and Lawrie for the foreseeable future and with Bautista playing through continued pain in his hamstring, the Jays are beaten up as they get beaten on a near daily basis.

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