It not uncommon for the plans that are made during spring training to quickly come unraveled, and the Toronto Blue Jays had a great plan for Ryan Goins to be their man at second base.
The best laid plans….
At this point — sporting a 1-for-19 start at the plate this season — Goins will be lucky to even stay on the Blue Jays roster.
According to Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun, once Jose Reyes gets back from the disabled list, there is a chance that Goins could be on his way out, whether it be just a demotion to the bench or even being sent down to the minors.
They loved his defense and said repeatedly that they could live with his (weak) bat because his defense was so good. They believed at the time, though, that Goins would be able to hold his own at the plate.
Things have changed, though, and Goins has really struggled offensively, having just one hit in 19 at-bats for a .053 average entering play Thursday.
Enter Maicer Izturis, a switch-hitter who is batting a nifty .455 (10-for-22), and could supplant Goins at the second bag. By all accounts it would seem that Izturis would easily be the pick to become the starter at 2nd, but manager John Gibbons isn’t ready to pull the trigger just yet.
“I’m not ready to say that,” Gibbons told the Sun. “Izturis gives you some offense and some defense. Goins is a defensive specialist. We think he’s going to hit enough. He’s off to a slow start but I expect him to improve on that.
“But right now we’re playing the hot hand (Izturis), the guy that’s swinging the bat. If we had more guys in the lineup that were swinging it more … we might go the other way just for the defense.”
Sounds like double-talk, even in Canada.