TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons appears to have settled on Adam Lind as his everyday cleanup hitter against right-handed pitchers.
Lind was back in the No. 4 hole for the second consecutive game Tuesday night versus Tampa Bay. The permanent move had been expected for some time, with Lind's having turned into one of the club's more reliable hitters.
In his past 21 games before Tuesday, Toronto's designated hitter was batting .351 with three homers and a 1.076 OPS, with most of his damage coming against righties.
"Lindy's always been able to hit," Gibbons said. "He was drafted as a hitter, he always produced in the Minor Leagues, and when he got to the big leagues. He had a couple of off years, but that's the one thing he has been able to do.
"He had a good spring, and as the season's gone on, we threw him in against basically right-handers, and he has been very solid that way. He's a natural fit."
Lind has displaced J.P. Arencibia as the No. 4 hitter, while Toronto's starting catcher moves down just one slot in the order. That allows the Blue Jays to break up a string of right-handed batters while giving opposing teams a slightly different look in the heart of the lineup.
Some of the Lind's success can be credited to Gibbons' using him in a platoon, as the 29-year-old is a career .220 hitter against lefties, compared with a .289 mark versus righties. The other key to an improved season is Lind's taking a more patient approach at the plate.
Before Tuesday, the Indiana native had already drawn 18 walks this season compared with 29 total last year and 32 the year before that. A more discrete eye is something he had when coming up through the club's Minor League system, as evidenced by on-base percentages as high as .375 back in Class-A and Double-A.
The problem was that he got away from that in the Majors -- at least until the past several weeks.
"He is swinging it better than J.P. is right now," Gibbons said. "So we'll bump him in front, and then it kind of breaks up the righties a little bit, too. But he's doing a nice job, gives you a good at-bat."
McGriff to represent Blue Jays at '13 Draft
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays will be represented at the coming First-Year Player Draft by former first baseman Fred McGriff.
McGriff spent parts of five seasons in Toronto from 1986-90, during which time he hit .278 with 125 homers and 305 RBIs. He finished his 19-year career with 2,490 hits after stops in San Diego, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles (Dodgers) and Chicago (Cubs).
Now 49, McGriff rejoined the Blue Jays organization earlier this year as a special assistant to president Paul Beeston. He will announce Toronto's selections at the Draft while being joined by Vice President of Communications Jay Stenhouse.
The Blue Jays have the 10th overall pick in the June Draft. It is the club's highest selection since left-hander Ricky Romero was taken with the sixth overall pick in 2005. Last year, Toronto had two picks in the first round that were used on high school outfielder D.J. Davis and Duke University right-hander Marcus Stroman.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
'13 is Janssen's year to recover, not rebuild
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays continue to keep a close eye on right-hander Casey Janssen's workload following offseason surgery on his shoulder.
Toronto's closer has been effective on the mound all year, but his health seems to fluctuate on at least a semi-regular basis. He has good days and bad days, but it is just something Janssen will need to battle through as the season progresses.
Janssen has ruled out needing to have the shoulder examined and says it is just part of the process in what can be considered a recovery year. He expects to get stronger as the season progresses, but until then the Blue Jays will keep tabs on his situation.
"We have to be conscious of it," manager John Gibbons said. "It doesn't make it easy for us, you want to get him steady work, [relievers] all need steady work to really stay sharp; you have to pick your spots."
Janssen pitched one inning against the Rays on Monday afternoon following eight days of rest. He was understandably rusty while allowing his first home run and walk of the season. Beyond the shaky outing in Toronto's 7-5 victory, Janssen's season has been borderline flawless.
The 31-year-old entered play Tuesday night with a 1.93 ERA while striking out 14 in 14 innings of work. He is 10-for-10 in save opportunities and retired 25 consecutive batters during a span of games from April 13 to May 7.
There has not been a save opportunity this year that Janssen has turned down, but when there are days he is not needed the added rest has been welcomed with open arms. Relievers often do not like going very long between outings, but in this case a period of rest was not necessarily a bad thing.
"I don't think it's getting any better," Janssen said. "Hopefully, this layoff helped. (My shoulder's) definitely not worse. It's just that the progress isn't gaining."
As for that outing in which he allowed a run to score for just the second time in 14 games, Janssen did not express concern.
"Just getting the kinks out," Janssen said. "When you haven't had to pitch for a while, your arm hasn't had to work at close to max effort. You can do all the catch you want, and long-toss, but it's tough to re-create the adrenaline (of being) on the mound in a game."
• Right-hander Josh Johnson is expected to need two more rehab starts before he can make a return to the Blue Jays' starting rotation. Johnson made his first rehab start for Class-A Dunedin on Monday and struck out five over three innings of work.
• The Blue Jays have yet to make a decision on who will be their starting pitcher Friday against Baltimore. The outing is expected to go to right-hander Chad Jenkins, but that could change if he is needed for an extended appearance out of the bullpen.