Welcome back, Russ

For the first time since signing David Dellucci to a minor-league deal, the Blue Jays summoned a player from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Sunday’s 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals. But it wasn’t the 35-year-old veteran outfielder.

Instead, the Jays called up Russ Adams to replace utilityman Joe Inglett, who was optioned back to Triple-A after hitting just .167 (4-for-24) in 15 games with the big club. Adams is expected to fill the same utility role (playing both the infield and outfield) since he’s played a lot of outfield since his last appearance in the majors in 2007.

Though he lost six weeks to a broken hand earlier in the year, Adams batted .319 (23-for-72) in 24 games for Las Vegas this season. He also hit .333 with runners in scoring position and .526 (10-for-19) versus left-handed pitching.

Cito Gaston didn’t waste any time getting Adams some action – the left-handed hitter pinch hit for starter Ricky Romero on Sunday and singled for his first big league hit since 2007. 

“Here I am,” Adams told MLB.com. “I’ve got an opportunity to help the ballclub in any way I can, and I’m prepared for it.”

Meanwhile, outfielder Buck Coats is likely not too pleased with the move. After all, the 27-year-old has done enough to earn his own call up. In 66 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, Coats has hit .325 (91-for-280) with 20 doubles, 33 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. His 91 hits are tied for second-most in the PCL.

4 Responses to “Welcome back, Russ”

  1. Jay B Says:

    his splits are pretty drastic…he pasted righties, and couldn’t touch lefties, so i gotta figure he’ll platoon with millar at DH and may give lind a day off in left field very occasionally, but i’ll be shocked if they let him play short…

    it’s unreal that a team that’s given the lion’s share of DH at bats to kevin millar, is going blow for blow with the yankees right now…

  2. TD Says:

    Yeah, I imagine he’ll be the new Joe Inglett except get the odd day at DH. We need our boy Nick Johnson …

  3. Jay B Says:

    he was hitting .319 in AAA, but that’s because he was hitting righties above .500…so i would hope that cito puts that to better use than the occasional pinch hitting appearance…millar hits .318 vs left and .176 against right, so a platoon only makes sense according to the #s, but we all know cito doesn’t manage the game that way…at least give him a shot at some consistent at bats to see what you’ve got, and see if his minor league success against righties translates even a little bit into the majors, cause cito’s love affair with millar is downright embarrassing…

  4. TD Says:

    I think you mean .500 against lefties. Russ hit .526 (10-19) against southpaws and .245 (13-53) against righties.

    But I definitely agree he should see legitimate time, and be given a shot at DH. After all, when the Jays signed Dellucci, this is what Cito said …

    “He can swing the bat, and we needed a left-handed hitter to help out [Lyle] Overbay and [Adam] Lind. We needed more help from the left side.”

    Well, Cito, you’ve got a left-handed hitter who’s hitting well now. Hopefully he puts him to use.

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