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Adam Lind is back and some Raptors/Leafs news

Lind hasn't played since May 7th.

Adam Lind is finally back after missing nearly a month with a sore back (at least we think – you never know with “back” injuries and this franchise). He’ll DH for the first while thanks to the surprisingly solid play of Juan Rivera at first base. That’s bad news for Eric Thames as he was reassigned to AAA Vegas after posting a .286 average with 4 RBIs in 13 games with the Jays.

The Jays preached player development before the season, I just didn’t know they meant developing their aging veterans into compensation picks.

But, rest assured Thames will be back considering injury issues are sure to pop up like an Aaron Hill at-bat, and in a couple of months when the Jays are completely out of the wildcard.

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In Raptors news, Jay Triano was reassigned as the special assistant to the GM a few days ago, and since then a few names have surfaced to be his replacement. Bryan Colangelo hinted towards hiring a veteran coach with a defensive philosophy. How do these names sound?

Lawrence Frank. Dwane Casey. Mike Malone (Brendan’s son). Mike Budenholzer. Mike D’Antoni. Rick Adelman. Jerry Sloan.

Two of those names have been thrown around, but are completely unrealistic. Three have been head coaches in the NBA (one with very little success, and one is currently the head coach of the Knicks) and two are long-time assistants.

Of the realistic candidates on the list (Frank, Casey, Malone, and maybe Budenholzer) the only response I have is a very apathetic “meh”. Frank had some success with a veteran-laden Nets team, Casey had very little success in his stint in Minnesota (who’s really had much?) and how exactly are Malone and Budenholzer any different from Jay Triano? Experienced assistant coaches but have never captained the ship.

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And finally, some Leafs news – very little of that these days. According to Mike Morreale the Leafs are looking to trade draft picks (surprise, surprise), but it’s not what you think…

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