April 18, 2007

The Black and Blue Jays

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays are going to have to look towards their bench to fill in for some big names over the next while. With starting 3B Troy Glaus, LF Reed Johnson and closer B.J. Ryan all going on the disabled list over the course of two days, the Jays might be in some trouble. While Jason Frasor could be adequate as a replacement closer, there’s a reason they went out and got Ryan after Frasor’s performance two seasons ago. Filling in for Glaus will be utility man John McDonald and Jason Smith. As for Johnson, Adam Lind will be filling in for him. The word on Lind is that he’s offensively gifted and has the potential to steal Johnson’s job in left with a solid performance now. The real scenario I see playing out – if Lind shows up that is – with Johnson getting a recent contract extension, it’s unlikely he’ll be dealt meaning a shift to right could happen with Alexis Rios being shipped out. Rumours have swirled around Rios before and Lind could force him out of the city inadvertently now. One thing is for certain though and that is this stretch of the season could be the make or break point for the Jays.

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