ST. PETERSBURG – Minutes after his Blue Jays toughed out an 8-5 victory over the division rival Rays, general manager Alex Anthopoulos stood with assembled media in the bowels of Tropicana Field, incredulous over the degree to which Adam Lind's fractured right foot had become a topic of conversation.
"I just think there isn't a whole lot going on in the city right now and on an off day it was a story," said Anthopoulos.
Perhaps Anthopoulos has a point.
Then again, it was Lind who volunteered that he underwent an MRI on Tuesday in Anaheim at the behest of his mother, who was among those concerned about her son's foot, which took the brunt of a foul ball on June 14 in Baltimore.
It was Lind who'd suggested he would miss the next six to eight weeks, leaving observers to ponder how the club would hold up without a middle-of-the-order, left-handed bat that has spent the season destroying right-handed pitching.
Anthopoulos moved to clarify the timeframe. He said Lind had begun to feel improvement in his foot in late June but that while running on an extra-base hit in the July 2 win over Milwaukee, the pain worsened. Lind's level of discomfort increased during the series in Oakland – he played the first two games at first base and was forced to chase down a number of pop ups in O.co Coliseum's vast foul territory – and it was during the Jays' stay in Northern California that the club began considering sending Lind for an MRI.
"We knew that if it ever plateaued or if it went backwards that we would get an MRI but you don't do that unless it gets to that point," said Anthopoulos. "You don't MRI everybody all the time when there are plenty of guys who have issues."
The imaging took place on Tuesday in Anaheim. That's when the fracture of the metatarsal was discovered. It was confirmed by Dr. Robert Anderson, a Charlotte, North Carolina foot specialist, who also verified Lind's late July or early August return to action.
Lind will spend the next week, approximately, in a walking boot.
The club decided not to make Lind available for comment on Friday night, as was the original plan. He'd rejoined the team on the Gulf Coast and maintains a residence in the area.
While it didn't seem like one at the time, not to mention it's strangely uncommon for an athlete to mention his mother in the context Lind did on Wednesday, Anthopoulos wrote of Lind's comment as a joke.
"You guys know Adam," said Anthopoulos. "Nice, easy going guy, funny in his own way. I don't think he thought anything of anything. It just, he even says today, 'I can't believe we have to talk about this.' I kind of feel the same way. I understand if you guys feel it's a story than it is a story."
Addressing Lind's six-to-eight week self diagnosis, Anthopoulos said the club, not a player, releases injury information to avoid such confusion. He speculated Lind lost something in translation.
"Whether the doctor didn't specify from the time of the injury, whether Adam just heard six-to-eight weeks, I don't know," said Anthopoulos. "Again, all I would say is, you guys have been covering the team for a long time, I'd say almost every single time injury news comes from the team. If we know we're getting an opinion and we're not commenting until we get all the information (because) there's just no point."
Anthopoulos assured Lind isn't in trouble.
"No one's upset at him, no one's mad," said Anthopoulos. "Someone was telling me about having apologies or things like that. I mean, this took on a life of its own that's not even, I just think it's a non-story."
It will be a non-story soon. Time goes by; these things tend to die down.
What can't be denied: Lind's bat will be badly missed until the Blue Jays get it back.