--1B Adam Lind will go to the Blue Jays' minor league complex in Dunedin, Fla., to continue his rehabilitation program for lower back tightness after being placed on the disabled list following Monday's game. He will be eligible to come off the DL next Monday, when the Blue Jays open a series against the Yankees.
"(Lind's back is) responding, yet he still doesn't feel completely confident when it comes to making the plays defensively at first," manager John Farrell said. "He feels like once he gets in an outstretched position, the stability in his core is not quite there yet. We felt like he needs another three to five days to further strength that and let the back continue to settle down. We can't go at this day-to-day for that length of time."
--OF Eric Thames, who was called up from Class AAA Las Vegas on Monday, was scheduled to start Tuesday and bat seventh as the DH, but the game against the Tigers was postponed until June 27 because of rain. The 24-year-old made a favorable impression this spring. "He has continued what he did in spring training over the course of the year so far," manager John Farrell said. "He's going to get some reps in left, some time at DH, but I think it's time to take a look at what Eric can do for us."
In 36 games with Las Vegas, Thames batted .342 with six homers and 30 RBI and a 1.029 OPS. He will be given every chance to remain with the team beyond Lind's stay on the DL. He likely will take playing time from OF/DH Juan Rivera, who was 0-for-3 Monday and is in a 4-for-37 drought.
--INF Jayson Nix was supposed to start at third base Tuesday in Detroit, but the game was postponed by rain. He has not played in a major league game since April 22, when he suffered a bruised shin on a play at second base and was eventually put on the disabled list. Nix was reinstated from the DL on Monday. INF John McDonald has made most of the starts at third base recently.
--DH/OF Juan Rivera likely will be most affected by the promotion of left-handed-hitting OF Eric Thames, but manager John Farrell intends to find spots to use him. Rivera is expected to be in the lineup against left-handed pitchers. He also could receive spot starts in the outfield, at designated hitter and, with 1B Adam Lind on the disabled list, at first base. "He'll get spots, he'll get at-bats," Farrell said. "The fact that Eric is here hasn't caused us to not keep everyone involved. He's going to get on the field, because quite frankly, we've got 12 position players. There are going to be times where we have a little bit of a rotation through the outfield. We've got the ability to use the DH spot to get at-bats for other guys."
--LHP Marc Rzepczynski leads the bullpen with 20 appearances, tied for second in the league. He has held opposing batters to a .175 batting average (11-for-63) and has allowed just one extra-base hit. Left-handers are batting 5-for-34 against him. He has allowed runs three of his games.
--RHP Jesse Litsch, who was supposed to start Tuesday in Detroit until rain forced postponement of the game, will start Wednesday in Toronto against Tampa Bay. The rotation will follow its regular order: LHP Ricky Romero, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Brandon Morrow and RHP Kyle Drabek. The Blue Jays have won six in a row.
BY THE NUMBERS
15 -- Innings pitched by the Blue Jays bullpen without allowing a run until RHP Frank Francisco gave up a ninth-inning home run to Detroit's Jhonny Peralta in Monday's 4-2 over the Tigers.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I kind of pride myself on my hitting. I work very hard at it. I listened to a lot of the veterans, and they were able to give me advice, and I was able to apply it. The results worked in my favor, at least to this point, but you never know what's going to happen in the end." -- OF Eric Thames, after he was called up from Class AAA Las Vegas, where he was batting .342 with six homers and 30 RBI.
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