Already in dire need of offence, the Blue Jays had to place Josh Donaldson on the DL today. Donaldson appeared to tweak his calf while running out a double last night. He will now be on the shelf for at least 10 days. Per Arash Madani, the Jays have promoted OF/3B Chris Coghlan to fill Donaldson’s roster spot.
As expected, Josh Donaldson to the 10-day disabled list. Chris Coghlan called up to take Donaldson's roster spot for the #BlueJays.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) April 14, 2017
I was a big fan of Coghlan’s signing earlier this month. At the time, I said:
If the Jays can harness what Coghlan has displayed in Chicago, then there is every reason to believe that he can win the everyday left field role at some point this season. It wouldn’t hurt to add another left-handed bat to this lineup, especially if he can post an OBP north of .340. Whether the Jays can realize that potential remains to be seen.
Through 28 plate appearances at AAA Buffalo, Coghlan has posted a line of .217/.357/.304. While those numbers don’t leap off the page, an OBP north of .350 would be a welcome change in Toronto.
It will be interesting to see where Coghlan plays. He has the versatility to take reps for Donaldson at third base, or to grab the job in left field. Personally, I would have him go to the outfield. If Coghlan shows that he can hit, then he will be a clear upgrade over Ezequiel Carrera. That move would also allow the Jays to keep Steve Pearce at first base and Justin Smoak on the bench.
The decision really comes down to management’s preference of Carrera or Darwin Barney. If they are more comfortable with Carrera than Barney, then Coghlan will stick at third base. Conversely, if they can live with Barney, then the outfield makes more sense, especially looking at it in the long-term.
I figured it would take longer than 11 days for Coghlan to crack the roster, but here we are. Hopefully he can make the most of the opportunity.